Hi guys, sorry if im in wrong spot
Got a new press. 5 ton 3.5g max
I’ve been messing around for a few hours. Im getting about .5 g per 3.5g (auto flower)
I pressed gorilla at 210°f it was brown and muddy
2nd gorilla 195° seemed better, but still dark
3rd was northern lights at 220° still dark
4th northern at 195° That was lightest about like carmel
I’d like to get shatter. It seemed the hotter i pressed the gooier it became. But 195° wasn’t near shatter.
I looked for some info here but no luck. Any suggestions. Or really good links or video?
Lower the temp to 180° the yield will decrease but the terpenes will b better. Every strain is a bit different.
Sweet, thank you. Im having a blast
It really is a nice process
Pressing rosin is an art… It’s something that comes with experience so just remind yourself that everyone burns through lots of product before they get good and it takes time.
The biggest saying in rosin pressing is
in, out. meaning your starting product will make all the difference.
The Amber shatter all the Commerical producers produce do that because it’s wasteful and its harder for home producers to make. don’t worry about the color to much. look at your starting product with a USB microscope, is there Amber in the tricombs? then that will dictate the color of the concentrate. only want Amber? harvest prematurely (loose weight/potency) and then press at a low temperature slowly and don’t over pressure it.
You know the temp ranges, now to remind yourselves not to over pressure.
warm you puck up and then slowly apply pressure. give it one finally tight squeeze for 30sec or less.
Get away from pressing flower asap.
Thanks @Nicky, ive pressed about an ounce now. My press only handles 3.5g at a time.
I’ve had decent success i guess for autoflower. About a 1/2g each press. I was hoping for a carmel color but by the time i get it off the parchment, it’s pretty much dark brown.
I think i need better parchment. I have generic.
Tried 2 presses without pouches. Just made plug with jerry rigged plug maker. I think I prefer the pouches
I think i had a little better success using good trim in the 160 mic vs flower in the 90. Next grow will be photoperiod. I read Durbin poison was good for pressing
Do you mainly press leaf?
Pressing trim is a waste your results won’t be anything resembling what pressing bud will be.
I mainly press ice water bubble hash.
If you don’t want to make bubble hash then dry sift would be the way to go.
After dry sifting throw those buds with your trim and make an oil then use the oil to make gummies or just oil or butter rather then oil but I find oil and gummies are most liked by me and others.
Use Reynolds parchment paper it’s fine, everyone uses it.
The older your material the worse the results I had old stuff over a year old and it was tough. Some strains are good for pressing others are not.
If you want to focus on pressing or hash making then pick the right strains.
The lower the micron the better quality product you’ll receive in terms of how much contaminates it filters out. But it can also cut yeilds I always use rosin bags and I always use bottle tech method, learning to fold the corners is an art lol. YouTube it
Im getting better I use a q-tip. Plus made like a little shoe horn that help keep the pouch stable and open real well
Im gonna try the bubble hash I think. I have an autoflower grow going now. I might wait until I do the photos
Definitely want to make some oil. So far my wife has made about 5lbs of butter or more. Lots of chocolate chip cookies They were extremely potent but generally taste like shit. I wanna make gummies
Which strains do you like for hash?
Thanks for all the good advice as usual. You always make my list longer
A company called bloom is who I want to grow from, everyone ranting and raving about their hash genetics basically anything they grow will wash well but the more you pay the better the yeilds… However!! All hash generic companies are expecting that the growers are seasoned enough to understand that pheno selection is key.
So most who get into hash alter their growing style to run photos. They run a batch of seeds and cut clones from all those mothers, whichever washes the best then they keep that clone toss the rest and clone it again. Keeping that int heir supply.
If your space is limited like most of us then just selecting a good strains s good breeder and running all the seeds works.
The more I get into concentrates the more I understand that not many strains are needed.
It’s nice to have two sativas and two indicas and maybe a hybrid in your stash or two hybrids but not much else is needed. Terps can be added later to change flavour, smell and even effects. Yielding is important.
Since me and my girlfriend like indicas if I was home I would run two indica strains in one tent and a sativa in the other.
It takes a while to pheno hunt but the payoff is worth it.
However lots of home growers just drop seeds and say who cares get what we get.
There are guidelines out there for generic guidelines for strains but genetics are so key that breeder matters and lineage. So maybe try both drop some bloom seeds or some Omni seed Co seeds along some strains that are said to yeild well like thin mint cookies.
GMO is one of the top preforming strains day Ij and day out so maybe go with that until you get the hang of it. Find a breeder you trust who has a GMO genetic. Spoil yourself later down the line with bloom seeds or omni seeds.
Making edibles and oils are challenging in their own right, ensuring that minimal contamination, that overheating doesn’t happen etc etc.
I’ve made terrible butter and I’ve made good butter. Everything is a rabbit hole and takes practice. Doing something and doing something great are two different things as we all know the difference between dropping a seed in a pot in the window vs a full grow tent setup lol.
Your welcome, sorry if I come off bland or blunt. I’m. Just pressed for time so much these days