Building the Dry Room!
How to build a dry room for your harvest.
As we make our way through the month of October, harvest time grows near for outdoor cannabis crops. With growing cannabis being only half the battle of achieving the desired outcome, we felt it would be helpful to break down the steps to building the ideal cannabis “dry room”.
Step 1: Decide What Style of Drying You Want to Use
When it comes to a drying style, there are three main ways of going about this process. There is the whole plant limb style where you hang all or most of the plants in full form, with branches and leaves still intact.
Another style would be breaking down the plants to smaller branches and taking the time to de-leaf the large fan leaves from the branches, leaving mostly buds, stems and branches.
Lastly, there is the option of “bucking” (separating the buds from the leaves, stems, and branches) and spreading the buds evenly around “high-rise dry racks” that hang from the ceiling. This method is ideal for those planning to use trim machines as their trimming process. If you choose this method, ensure that you are moving the nugs around in the dry racks at least once a day so that mold does not develop.
Step 2: clean & Prepare your dry room
It is very important to clean your dry room before moving in any equipment or plants. This includes sanitizing the floors and walls to ensure that there are no mold spores or bacteria lingering in the space.
Once the dry room is clean it is time to start bringing in the items you need. Keep in mind that what you will need will be based on the size of your room.
- Make sure you have a dark room that doesn’t have any light leaks. Having a sealed room will also help keep moisture out.
- Make sure your room is equipped with electrical to power the fans, dehumidifier and heater/AC.
- Use heater(s) for winter season drying and an A/C unit for summer season
- Make sure you have fans to circulate air throughout the dry room. It is wise to have fans blowing from the ground and from the ceiling to keep the air moving in both directions.
- Have some tool or monitoring system that can keep track of the humidity and temperature in your dry room as these play a major role in the drying of your buds.
- A dehumidifier(s) is also necessary to help pull the moisture out of the room
- To reduce the smell coming from your dry room you may want to consider using a fan with a carbon filter.
Step 3: The drying process
The style we would like to outline here is the whole plant/large branch drying method during the
winter/outdoor harvest season.
When packing your dry room with your harvest, make sure you are labeling your rows of strains so that strains do not get mixed up. For the first 3-4 days, you’ll want to keep dehumidifier at around 50%. You want your temperature to be at between 65-70 degrees Fahrenheit. Every day after that raise the dehumidifier 5%, and once you get to 70-75% you should check the stems for readiness. If the stem snaps, you know it’s ready.
Find out how to build the most efficient dry room for your cannabis harvest this season!
Top Tips To Successfully Dry And Cure Your Fresh Cannabis Buds
The process of growing cannabis does not stop at harvest time. Properly drying and curing your fresh cannabis stash is paramount to prevent mould contamination from taking place. These procedures will also result in buds that taste better and offer a superior high.
Get the answers to 9 of the most frequently asked questions about drying and curing cannabis.
Ahhh, harvest time. After watching your ladies grow and flower, it’s finally time to collect your hard-earned buds. But before you can enjoy a toke of some homegrown Kush, you’ll need to dry and cure your freshly harvested weed. Below, we’ll share our answers to some frequently asked questions on the drying and curing process, so you can maximise the flavour and potency of your stash.
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN DRYING AND CURING?
Drying, as the name suggests, involves drying fresh buds so they contain less moisture and can be smoked or vaporized properly. Curing, on the other hand, involves storing your buds in closed containers over a period of at least two weeks. This helps develop the flavour and aroma of your buds as they mature.
WHY DO I NEED TO DRY AND CURE MY CANNABIS?
Drying your cannabis flowers serves several important functions that ultimately increase the quality and shelf-life of the end product.
Freshly harvested cannabis buds contain a significant amount of moisture, which needs to be dealt with before smoking. Why? First, smoking fresh buds serves up harsh hits with little flavour—if the buds are able to ignite at all. Removing moisture helps to tone down the harshness and let the terpene profile shine. Second, fungi thrive in dark and moist conditions. By drying your flowers correctly, you’ll dramatically reduce the chances of mould striking your stash.
By placing individual buds on a drying rack—or hanging entire branches in a drying room—you’ll reduce the water content of your buds by 10–15%. This process removes water from the outer layers of each flower, but you’ll need to cure your stash to rid moisture from deeper within the buds.
Curing is super important because it helps preserve your weed so it can be stored over time—while still retaining its unique flavour and maximising potency. When you harvest your buds, they contain excess sugars and starches that eventually come under attack from airborne bacteria and enzymes. By curing your buds, you actually encourage the degradation of these nutrients, making for a smoother, better-tasting final smoke.
Properly drying and curing your fresh cannabis harvest is essential to decrease the risk of mould, and to enhance the taste and high that your buds offer.