Aging puerh: what is your setup?

JimMinor
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Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:47 am

Hi,

1 month ago i put into my pumidor the HuangPiano by W2T ( December teaclub), when it arrived, it was so funky ( in taste and aroma).
But now, all my tea have that aroma, how do you deal with that ? ( I put the cake out the pumidor for now )
Atlas
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Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:36 am

Today was a good day.

Still waiting on some DC/DC converters so I can power it from the 12V supply and lose the USB cable.

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Eventually I'll make these door shelves usable for samples/tuocha/small cakes.

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Active heating and humidity controls are now working, with setpoints of 31.5degC and ~74%rh. There's no measurable temperature difference between top and bottom and a humidity gradient of 2%rh.

Currently I'm running 10W of heating elements, since the transistors I'm using can only handle the 5W pads.

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Next on the list is putting together an tiny desktop enclosure for the base station with a temp/humidity/alarm display.

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Teachronicles
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Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:41 am

JimMinor wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:47 am
Hi,

1 month ago i put into my pumidor the HuangPiano by W2T ( December teaclub), when it arrived, it was so funky ( in taste and aroma).
But now, all my tea have that aroma, how do you deal with that ? ( I put the cake out the pumidor for now )
I'm no expert but perhaps take all your cakes out to let them air out a bit. And also to let the pumidor air out a bit as well.
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Psyck
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Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:36 am

Teachronicles wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:41 am
JimMinor wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:47 am
Hi,

1 month ago i put into my pumidor the HuangPiano by W2T ( December teaclub), when it arrived, it was so funky ( in taste and aroma).
But now, all my tea have that aroma, how do you deal with that ? ( I put the cake out the pumidor for now )
I'm no expert but perhaps take all your cakes out to let them air out a bit. And also to let the pumidor air out a bit as well.
Exit from all club memberships so that you do not have to deal with unexpected quantities of unwanted teas. Store all your samples in separate sealed containers away from your cake storage area. Only purchase cakes of non-funky samples that you like.

Well the above, in some form or other, is what I personally do to minimize the risk of corrupting my teas. As has been suggested, airing out the teas and the storage area should help clearing them up to some extent.
JimMinor
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Sat Feb 10, 2018 2:36 pm

Psyck wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 4:36 am
Teachronicles wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:41 am
JimMinor wrote:
Thu Jan 25, 2018 4:47 am
Hi,

1 month ago i put into my pumidor the HuangPiano by W2T ( December teaclub), when it arrived, it was so funky ( in taste and aroma).
But now, all my tea have that aroma, how do you deal with that ? ( I put the cake out the pumidor for now )
I'm no expert but perhaps take all your cakes out to let them air out a bit. And also to let the pumidor air out a bit as well.
Exit from all club memberships so that you do not have to deal with unexpected quantities of unwanted teas. Store all your samples in separate sealed containers away from your cake storage area. Only purchase cakes of non-funky samples that you like.

Well the above, in some form or other, is what I personally do to minimize the risk of corrupting my teas. As has been suggested, airing out the teas and the storage area should help clearing them up to some extent.
After this experience, i think i'll quit, to save money to buy cake/sample i want really to try.

I followed your advice ( and Teachronicles), and now all teas seems to be good enough, after a week of panic
.m.
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Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:09 pm

Atlas wrote:
Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:36 am
Today was a good day.
Nice setup you have. :D What is in those two Mason jars? Are your heating elements submerged in water?
Atlas
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:25 pm

.m. wrote:
Mon Feb 12, 2018 1:09 pm
-snip-
Cheers!

Left is a saturated saline-pack with a wick, to control humidity to 75%.

Right is a canning jar filled with water and heating elements. The elements are rubber-smelling $1 AliX pickups, so I need to isolate them from the environment so they don't stink out my tea.
.m.
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Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:38 pm

Atlas wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 2:25 pm
Right is a canning jar filled with water and heating elements. The elements are rubber-smelling $1 AliX pickups, so I need to isolate them from the environment so they don't stink out my tea.
That's brilliant. :D
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Oolong_Nug
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Sun Feb 18, 2018 4:44 pm

Reading around a lot of stuff on Chinese forums (such as in the link below) I've personally set up a slower going low key environment. I live in the high sierras, but am not overly worried about making a perfect higher humidity dry storage situation for my teas. I am preferring an approach of caution and simplicity. Most Chinese info I find around suggests anywhere from 50-70% RH, at something around 70F (23C). We'll never really know what's absolutely best, and our environments are all different, but it'll be really cool to see how each individual place creates resulting teas down the road! I've done salt solutions, but now have about 8 65% boveda packs in the pumidor here. I open it pretty frequently, and it sits around the mid to high 60s in winter, and mid 70s in summer. I think once all of your cakes have soaked up the water they need (which can take time!) the pumidor regulates itself fairly nicely. Seems like a lot of Chinese (Mainland and TW primarily that I speak to) tea people think that the dryer the better! I'd still probably never go below 50% RH myself, but I don't think that will dry out cakes either. I'm basically setting up a somewhat humid comfortable human indoors environment for my teas. We'll see what happens in 30 years!

http://www.puercn.com/puerchazs/cfsc/113345.html
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