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  1. jwhite

    Welcome Argonaut

    Some of you may have noticed we have another moderator to the Brown Leaf. I couldn't be more pleased and would like to extend a warm welcome. :jump::a5::jump:
  2. jwhite

    Anyone ever made a corncob pipe?

    A large ear of field or indian corn will likely give you a better cob than sweet corn due to the larger cob the bigger the ear the better.
  3. jwhite

    Nicotine and ribbon cut

    G&H Dark Birdseye, C&D Old Joe Krantz, Petersons Irish oak, and G&H dark mixture are all pretty well up there with the G&H selections being the strongest.
  4. jwhite

    Bad taste in Meerschaum, solution?

    I clean my meers with alcohol all the time with no ill effect to performance or coloring. But I don't do the SA treatment in them. If the cleaning you did is still insufficient you might try filling the bowl with activated charcoal and warming in a 150 degree oven, without the stem attached...
  5. jwhite

    Happy Wife, Happy Pipe- best "non-aromatic" room note

    Peterson's Irish oak, Rattray's HOTW and Marlin Flake all have decent room notes.
  6. jwhite

    Recommendation list for those just starting out

    A lot of good stuff here. I added a link to this thread in the BL GE sticky at the top of the page. A lot of good reading there for the tobacco enthusiast especially those new to the hobby.
  7. jwhite

    The Suggestion Box

    Exactly this. In the past I've added threads to the sticky that have added useful information or showed popular participation. In this case I would sticky whenever you let me know your ready. As steward of The Brown leaf you can add to any of the information or institute new threads and I'll...
  8. jwhite

    The Suggestion Box

    Great idea.
  9. jwhite

    Glad to be here and help out!

    Congratulations Ed! Very glad to have you here in the BL.
  10. jwhite

    Borkum Riff. any fans?

    I smoke pretty regularly and don't usually smoke drugstore blends. Some I find decent, but all are too heavy on the PG for me. I know quite a few smokers that feel the same.
  11. jwhite

    Pipe Travel Kit

    If its just for the day I use my roll up tobacco pouch and chuck a pipe in my pocket. If its for longer I use an old dopp kit that I fill with a few tins, several pipes in their socks, some cleaners, tamper, and lighter. But I also keep a couple of cobs and jars in the glove box.
  12. jwhite

    Letting a pipe rest?

    My great uncle was an avid pipe smoker and all of his were the same make and model rusticated bulldog. I thought he just smoked the one pipe for years until I learned better.
  13. jwhite

    Letting a pipe rest?

    I have to say I like to let my pipes have a good rest between days smoked - 7 days for briar 2-3 days for meer. I do reload many of my pipes a couple times a day. I can definitely taste a difference between a clean well rested pipe and on that isn't. I find they also tend to smoke cooler and...
  14. jwhite

    Restoring a Meer

    Bees Wax, the application is stepped out in the sticky at the top of the page.
  15. jwhite

    Restoring a Meer

    I have some info in the sticky regarding Meerschaum Pipes. I need to update it - though I have a water clean up to satisfy the 'only smoke 'em while wearing a glove' crowd. But I've come to believe, after thorough testing on a nice back cut lattice of my own, that regular cleaning with alcohol...
  16. jwhite

    I think my taste buds must be off or something

    Those are labeled as plugs, Samuel Gaweth, Gawith and Hoggarth, Peterson, and GL pease all make plug cuts that are highly regarded. Be careful many are fairly potent.
  17. jwhite

    I think my taste buds must be off or something

    Both are good tobaccos. However to get the most out of light VA flakes you really need to be comfortable going low and slow. I'd recommend SG Navy Flake or Peterson's Irish Oak (not a flake) both rich tasting blends that take a fair bit of abuse without biting about medium in strength.
  18. jwhite

    I think my taste buds must be off or something

    Words like mellow and mild are not only highly subjective but don't mean much unless attached to a specific variable. I have some tobaccos that won't bite even when provoked and don't linger on the palette. Going by that some might call them mellow. They would also give many smokers the room...
  19. jwhite

    Pastrami v. Smoked Meat (Recipes Please!)

    I've never soaked mine, other than removing some of the salt what does it do for the brisket. Might try that on my next go.
  20. jwhite

    Pastrami v. Smoked Meat (Recipes Please!)

    Not familiar with Montreal smoked meat but I cure my own beef for corned beef and pastrami pretty regularly. Just take your beef out of the cure rinse and pat dry. Let sit coverd in the fridge overnight than coat lightly with oil and good crust of coarsely crushed coriander and peppercorns and...
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