6,For me, about a week and I usually cheat by sticking it in a barely warm (not hot) oven to jumpstart the process.. I imagine the air in New Mexico is quite dry so you'll have that advantage. A dry day and hot sun will do the trick.
If you've handles a piconcillo then you know what the end result should be like.
I also tried making brown sugar cubes for coffee They are much harder to make and mold by hand.
Thanks for the tip!