An often asked question: How moist should tobacco be? Can excessive moisture harm the pipe tobacco?
A simple test can tell you whether your pipe tobacco has the proper moisture content. Grasp a handful of pipe tobacco and press it together for a few seconds, in your fist. Then open your hand. If the tobacco falls out in flakes from your open palm, it is to dry. If it stays pressed in a tight, hard ball, it is too moist. But if the pipe tobacco remains as a loosely packed ball, it contains an ideal amount of moisture. Overly moist pipe tobacco is more susceptible to tobacco mold and will not burn easily. Dry such tobacco simply by spreading it out on a table in a warm dry room for a few hours before packing it away in your tobacco pouch again.
This Question and Answer comes from the Weber’s Guide to Pipes and Pipe Smoking, many thanks again.