Ive done this before, loved it, and there are plenty of vids out there about the process. I was hoping to get some insight on how everyone else does it. Im looking for tips and technique for the best quality.
(IE- the best size sieve screen, or shake length, things like that.)
After collection I plan on pressing the hash out into rosin. I have skimmed @Nicky thread on pressing. Super informative brother Nicky! All your threads are if Im being honest. @Nicky I know you dont endorse pressing keif into rosin, and I tried to do bubble but my bubble hash making ability is just not there. Its really hard to keep everything cold enough, especially the water. That being said Id love your input about pressing this rosin, as well as the hash making. I want everyones opinion but wanted to tag Nicky specific like.
Most videos on youtube have the sieve at 160 micron. Is there a reason to use such a large size realative to the trichomes? Wouldnt it be better in a smaller one like a 75 or something? Thank you all in advance for any tips.
I have 1 gallon bags that came with my infuser and 5 gallon bags from bubble bag dude. I would think it would be dependant on the quantity you wanted to process. Id get 5 gals if I didnt have any just because they are larger.
I’ve found the smaller mesh bags have a tendency to freeze over when using fresh frozen and dry ice.
I personally use a 220 for mine.
Just stop shaking when I start to see the colour just start to change to more greenish on the top of the pile.
@Nicky, thanks for the tip. I only have about 6-8 oz of trim in the freezer, and was just wanting to take a baby step up from my trim bin screen. I can obtain dry ice from a welding supply in pellet form, or from a local grocery in 1/2 inch sheets (This would need to be broken into small pieces), which would you recommend?
If I understand this correctly? You need to load the frozen trim somewhat lightly in the bag, use about 1/2 as much dry ice as trim. Then work quickly and stop shaking if it starts to turn green.
A few years ago, while in a New Orleans bar I ordered a top shelf margarita. The bartender dropped a small chip of dry ice into it, and this made it look like it was smoking for a few minutes. It was so cool looking, that had to order another and see it again.
Caution, I just read the other day that not all dry ice is the same, some is considered food grade, this is important because of our intention to consume the end product. I dont know anymore then that just seemed pertinent and logical, there is food grade butane also.
@Nicky@Docnraq, OK, you have made me think about this a little deeper.
I have a chest freezer in the basement that is turned off, and it is just setting there. Would I be better off to order a 5 gallon four bag bubble kit? And work the bubble bags with ice as normal, but in the bottom of the freezer, (Turned back on, of course). Maybe add some frozen milk jugs of water around the 5 gallon work bucket?
@Nicky, this is why it is good to talk to someone with experience! I just happen to have a large laundry sink next to the freezer. I think the sink with the 5 gallon kit will be best for the first try at this.
The only downside is that, I will not be able to irritate the wife with the mess that I make in the kitchen.
I personally think dry ice hash is the best way.
I cure the shake the same way I cure my buds. Then I rejuvinate the moisture content by putting a fresh bud in then shaking it up for a day or 2. Whenever it feels like it is moist enough that it will shake without breaking the plant material up. Then I put an ounce or so in a 5 gallon 120 micron bubble bag with about a 1/2 to 3/4 of a pound of dry ice and shake gently till i see the first signs of color change. Them I scrape that up and put in a jar. Then I shake again until I see a darker color change scrape that up and put in a different jar. Then I pour the contents of the bag on a 1/8th inch screan[hardware cloth] to recover the larger dry ice pieces. Dump that dry ice back in the bubble bag. Throw anouther once or so in and do it again. I keep doing that till all my trimmings are gone. With prep time and clean up it takes about an hour. Huge advantage I think is when done it is ready to smoke or process into whatever you want no waiting to dry.
Here are some pics from last shake.
@Nicky@Docnraq, do I need to order a drying screen for each bag in the bubble bag kit? Four screens for a four bag kit, correct?
In the meantime I can turn on the freezer, and insure it still works. Before I decide on the sink or the freezer. I do like the sound of free ice through!
It might be easier as far as keeping track of which pile is from what micron bag. outside of that it would depend on how much plant your processing.
If not more then say 1 indoor plants worth Id stick with just one and mark somhow which pile is which.