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Question about beads
OK so I got my beads today and was getting them ready for my coolerdor and being the genius that I am without thinking I spritzed them with Tap water the first time .Am I screwed and need to order more or do I just make sure I use distilled from here on out ? I know much for being enlightened . Gonna piss me off I I have to wait for another batch to come in the mail .Thanks guys ....
Interesting problem....I don't know the answer.....:?

But I would use a hair dryer right away to dry out the beads & then after they are dried out completly, use the distilled water.
If Sonny had EZ-Pass, he'd have survived that hit...
Tap water is to alive. I think you have a problem
Go to cigar help 101. then find mold in a humidor. scroll down to Skippers post(never use tap water it is to alive) sorry
steve047 Wrote:Tap water is alive. I think you have a problem
True...I was thinking only about the chemicals....[doh]
If Sonny had EZ-Pass, he'd have survived that hit...
yep that too. but I really don't know the answer either. just what I've read here. I'd ask Skipper
I think you'll be fine.  Just use distilled from now on.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

This is from Heartfelt's website...

“Are humidification beads the same as ordinary desiccant silica gel?” Definitely NOT! Humidification beads give off water vapor, as well as absorb it, to maintain a specific RH which is ideal for a cigars particular need. This is not the case with silica gel which can only absorb water then must be dried out after it is saturated. By nature silica gel is not meant to control humidity, only lower it. Humidification beads are the premier product for precise control in terms of performance, cost effectiveness, and simplicity.

One good point to remember is humidification beads have an indefinite life span. There is nothing to wear out and all that is needed to maintain them is either the addition of distilled water or the drying out of the beads if they become water logged.

“How do I add distilled water to the beads when they get dry?”

There are a number of ways to do this. You can just pour distilled water on the beads. A lot of folks do it this way but the beads can fracture when it is done this way. One thing to remember, fracturing will not affect the efficiency of the beads or ruin them in any way, they will still do their job. A good rule of thumb is 25ml of distilled water per pound.
My 1/2 ounce humi tube takes 1-2 teaspoons of distilled water,
The 1 ounce humi tube takes 2-3 teaspoons of distilled water,
The 2 ounce humi tube takes 3-4 teaspoons of distilled water,
The four ounce humi tube takes 4-5 teaspoons of distilled water.
½ pound takes approximately 1-1 ½ tablespoons,
1 pound takes approximately 3-4 tablespoons.

You can put a container of distilled water, like a bowl, next to the beads and let them absorb the distilled water in this way. When they have absorbed all they can remove the bowl. This method is effective but takes a while for the beads to absorb the water.

The method I use and prefer is using a spray bottle. I purchased an inexpensive spray bottle at the grocery store and filled it with distilled water. When the beads need water I just spray them until they have absorbed enough distilled water. This method will work well if you have the beads in a bag or dish.

"If my beads are going white, should I add distilled water until they are all clear?"

The optimal is to have about 80% to 90% of the beads clear. Don't try to get them all clear because if you do they cannot absorb any sudden rise in humidity in your humi.

“What do I put the beads in?”

A great variety of containers are possible. You can use a Heartfelt drawstring mesh bag, Heartfelt Humi Tubes, place the beads in a shot glass or small dish, put them is a leftover container with holes drilled in the lid, nylon stockings (be careful stealing them from your wife or significant other) or any other container. The main point of whatever container you choose is to have the greatest amount of surface area as possible. If possible the beads should be no more than 1 to 1 ½ inches deep, this way they will work the best.

“How can I tell when the beads need water?”

This is very easy. The color of the beads is the dead giveaway. When they are full of distilled water they are pretty much clear and when they are completely dried out they are a bright white. Believe me you will be able to tell the difference.

You may have noticed that every time I mention the fluid that is added to the beads I say “distilled water”. This is extremely important; anything other than distilled water will ultimately ruin the beads. All the impurities in tap water will be drawn in by the beads and remain there. Ultimately the beads will get plugged up and not work anymore. The same is true with any type of humidifier solution (also known as 50/50 solution) this will also ruin the beads in the long run.

What's the point in arguing or trying to make sense of something that is lost?
Based on that last paragraph It sounds like it would just be a problem  if I continue to use the Tap water as it would eventually plug up the beads ?? Survey says?????????????????
Dry them out and use distilled only for now on, you will probably be fine.
What's the point in arguing or trying to make sense of something that is lost?

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