Q. When a good pipe goes sour, does it have to be discarded?

A. Even the best of pipes may occasionally turn sour, for some unexplained reason. To make a briar sweet-smoking again, first clean the pipe thoroughly. Then plug the stem with a pipe cleaner, fill the bowl with a good pipe-cleaning fluid from your pipe dealer, and let the pipe stand overnight. Then remove the liquid cleaner, dry the pipe thoroughly and let it stand another twenty-four hours. Now break in the pipe again using mild tobacco.

Clean and Cure, pipe sweetener

Clean and Cure, pipe sweetener

Extract from Weber’s Book Of Pipes, c. 1962
Pipe Sweetener available here – http://www.eacarey.co.uk/shop/accessories/pipe-sweetener.html

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