FAQ - Delayed Gratification Technique (DGT)
- From: Allen Lloyd <allen@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Sat, 21 Jan 2012 08:02:06 -0500
Frequently Asked Questions
Delayed Gratification Technique
This FAQ concerns the DGT practice. This is a dynamic document
subject to change. If you have an addition, revision, or deletion
that you think needs to be taken, post your thoughts on this thread.
The FAQ's will be posted weekly. The source of this FAQ is from an
archived version dated about February 2005.
Visit the ASP website at http://www.aspipes.com/ for a version that is
easier to read and print.
Most of this information comes from the ASP posts of Mike Jacobs, with
additional material by Kevyn Winkless, Terry Freeman, and Paul
What is DGT?
DGT stands for Delayed Gratification Technique, a (somewhat) humorous
term for leaving a bowl half-smoked and picking it up later. With a
little technique, the tobacco at the bottom of the bowl is "stoved",
and develops a richer taste, with less tongue bite.
How do you DGT?
There are two schools of thought here. Many people will DGT a bowl
just by setting it down and forgetting about it. Others go to great
lengths to prepare the bowl. These "great lengths" are what this FAQ
is about. The only thing one needs to do with a DGT is smoke the bowl
slowly, to avoid the build-up of alkaline moisture. But to get the
most striking results from this experiment, there are more detailed
People get the best results by smoking down to about the two-thirds
mark. They avoid tamping the tobacco. At some point, preferably before
putting the pipe down, the ash needs to be dumped out, leaving only a
little kindling on top, and the stem and shank need to be run-through
with a pipe cleaner.
Whichever method is used, the bowl should be left for anywhere from a
few hours to a few days. Overnight is usual.
Some suggest storing the DGT'd pipe with a pipe cleaner in the
airhole, and some suggest resting the bowl upside down, to keep the
moisture from collecting at the bottom. This all depends on how
obsessive one is. The most important step is removing the ash, as an
ashy bowl tends to have a bitter taste.
Which tobaccos work best?
Almost any tobacco is a candidate, but people have the best luck with
Virginia tobacco, especially milder blends. A Virginia/perique blend
works almost as well. Some people claim that burley and Latakia blends
can work too. The only tobaccos you really shoudn't try this with are
aromatics, as the toppings will usually end up tasting nasty.
Which Virginia tobaccos would you recommend?
Brindle Flake, Ashton
Golden Danish Slices, Lane
Blackwoods Flake, McClelland
Dark Star, McClelland
Hal O' The Wynd, Rattray
Marlin Flake, Rattray
Full Virginia Flake, Samuel Gawith
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