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How do you make quality snuff?

Just wondering how you go about making snuff. I have searched the forums and Google and I can't seem to find any answers, besides grind up tobacco. It seems like a fun hobby but its shrouded in mystery.

How would you make small and large quantities? How do you add a scent? How do you get the moisture content you want? What types of things can you use to flavor a snuff? Are there any tools? Is there different methods? These are some the things I wonder.

Anyone willing to help me with this diy I appreciate you passing some knowledge to me and the community. This seems like the perfect place to ask how someone would learn such a great craft.

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  • CobguyCobguy Member

    Grinding:  food processor, coffee grinder and mortar & pestle

    Scenting:  edible / food grade ingredients only

    Moisture: adding liquid or spreading out to dry, sun or oven at low temps can help

    The big thing is to start small, experiment and adjust as you go. 

    Have fun and ask more questions as you go ... happy to help!  :)


  • Snuffy_NoseSnuffy_Nose Member
    edited April 23 PM
    So could you use concentrated flavorings like capella and the flavor apprentice? They are food grade and have good scent. Would you drip it into the snuff? Like could I take rum and mix it into the snuff or use concentrated flavorings and put it directly into the snuff and leave it in a jar?

    Do I add flavorings and leave it out on aluminum foil and let it dry to desired moisture? I think there's a jar involved but I don't get how it would get to proper moisture content. Would I mix and then put in oven and then jar it?

    Also what type of tobacco leaf would you not use? Or is the sky the limit?

    Thanks for the info though @Cobguy few things I didn't know.
  • Google search Snuffhouse Snuffmaking 101. That got me started off quick. Lots of outstanding contributions and an easy basic recipe
  • Thanks @SammyD13 I seen that post a few weeks ago and it did have alot of info but it left me with a lot of questions. I will have to re read it maybe I'm missing something. That post was what got me thinking of making myself some batches.
  • "How do you make quality snuff?

    I think it helps to not live in the UK or Australia.    Getting hold of raw leaf tobacco is virtually impossible now for amateurs in the UK.  
     You can buy seed here in the UK to grow your own leaf, but I think you run into trouble with the excise men and women when you start to process and use the leaf.

    I just pay through the nose and buy pipe tobacco to grind and blend with Viking Brown.  I know a lot of people enjoy Viking Brown unadulterated , but to my nose it is a little bland.

    Hopefully you live in a more enlightened, and tax friendly country than I do.

    Sorry to be a wet blanket.

    Good luck and keep us informed as to your progress.



  • volungevolunge Member
    edited April 23 PM
    @ArtChoo, is it really so bad? I mean, should one still expect those excise men, if making only small quantities in the kitchen just for own needs and keeping it silent?

    There's no excise on snuff in my country for a single simple reason - snuff (and oral tobacco) is banned here (sales, import and manufacturing), though customs just don't care about incoming small packages with prohibited tobacco.
  • CobguyCobguy Member
    So could you use concentrated flavorings like capella and the flavor apprentice? They are food grade and have good scent. Would you drip it into the snuff? Like could I take rum and mix it into the snuff or use concentrated flavorings and put it directly into the snuff and leave it in a jar?

    Yes ... food grade extracts and concentrates are fine.
    You can also create your own by making reductions
    Mix it into the flour so that it's all dampened but not dripping wet.
    This can then be jarred or pressed for at least a few weeks to a few months.

    Also what type of tobacco leaf would you not use? Or is the sky the limit?

    Some people are concerned with TSNA's ... these are lowest in Air Cured leaf.
    However, snuff in general is much lower to start with and I don't worry about it.

    Soooo ... what have you made so far?  :)

  • What would also be really helpful would be for more experienced snuff makers to list the different types of leaf they've used- and their attributes. Those might include nic content, lamina to stem ratio, and of course, the scent profile. There are so many types of leaf available out there: strains and varieties, different curing methods- commercially-available and from gardeners. Getting personally acquainted with everything out there is likely beyond the resources of most and at best, could take many, many years. Beginning snuff makers would get a boost by making more informed decisions as they procure their leaf. I personally have wasted my money and time making snuff from leaf that I'd never have bought if I'd had a description of how it "snuffs out". Most descriptions of the commercially-available leaf do not necessarily apply to making nasal snuff.

  • A very nice blog of venerable Snuffhouse member and snuff maker:
    https://ospsnuffblog.wordpress.com/blog/

    Some essential Snuffhouse threads:
    https://snuffhouse.com/discussion/6032/snuff-making-101/p1
    http://www.snuffhouse.com/discussion/6008/snuffmillers-snuff-receipe

    (and there are oh so many more, scattered all around!)

    I would advice searching this forum for Snuffhouse members chefdaniel (RIP) and snuffmiller tips, too.

    Do snuffhouse search for 'snuff making', 'making your own snuff', 'snuff recipes' as well (or do Google search for the same with the word 'snuffhouse' added).
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