I only had bud mold once. Colas were too big and I didn't pay attention to ventilation. Buds were infected before I harvested them. I had these problems because of stealth problems but I am all good now. I will just try the rice balls to improve the taste. I think buds need to lose some moist right after the harvest. 30-40 minutes in a jar with rice balls sound allright. Then you can hang them in a cabinet with %60ish RH for 2-3 weeks.I'm often hanging in the low to mid-60s RH and I find that having a breeze the buds works to keep the mold at bay. I've never had a bud mold in drying even at my humidity levels. And the advantage is that you never need to worry about when to take them down. I left a harvest hanging over a week at 62% and took them down when it was convenient.
I hang mine in a cardboard box with vent holes bottom right and top left. I have a fan pointed at the lower holes so the air flows through the box and out the top, right past all the buds. I only turn the fan off if the Santa Ana's blow in and lower the ambient RH.
I find the rice balls most useful when the humidity is higher and I need to lower it in the jars to make sure nothing molds when they're sealed between burps.
Slow drying is great but buds are way too wet when we harvest them. When buds are that wet, they invite moulds to grow on them. Drying them a little bit with rice balls would repel moulds almost completely compared to the conventional methods. I think wet buds already have some mould spores growing on them(because they are everywhere and they might be so tiny that we can't spot) so the faster you take the optimal conditions away for them, the better taste and less dampy flavour you can achieve.
I think that will work just fine. Thank you for this fine method. I will definately give it a go and share the results here. See you folks in 4 weeks