My question came up in this thread, but I’m moving the Source Turbo replacement question to its own thread since it really is a new topic.
I live in Chile. Yes, the one in South America. So almost everything is hard to get here. I want to concentrate cannabis and for the moment QWET seems like the best way to get the THC out of the plant matter. The question then becomes how to get the ETOH out of the hash oil.
The “Source Turbo” appliance mentioned in the other thread seems perfect, but also impossible to acquire here. I’ve called and e-mailed Extract Craft several times without response, and statements on their website are ambiguous, but seem to imply they have a strict N. America Only shipping policy. I already have the transformer needed to run U.S. voltage appliances here, and hoped to persaude them to sell me a U.S. model and make an exception to their shipping policy, but they won’t even return my e-mails.
So what are my other options to get the alcohol out of a QWET tincture and reduce it to pure hash oil? That’s the real point of this thread. I really liked the Source Turbo’s design approach of using vacuum to lower the boiling point of the alcohol, but so far as I can tell there is no other source for that feature.
I suppose a still like this one which is available for shipment to Chile could be used. The desired product would end up in the bottom of the source pot and require some spatula work to get loose, so it’s a long way from ideal.
@allinherhead suggested this electronic distiller from Amazon in the other thread. It seems to be designed for this purpose, but it doesn’t use vacuum so presumably this uses a much higher operating temperature than source turbo. Is that really a big deal or just a little one? I really can’t tell and would love the advice of any experts here.
p.s. I’m also open to considering another extraction technique instead of QWET, and welcome suggestions for how to solve the problem another way. I have approximately 3 POUNDS of very weak weed due to being forced to harvest early. Smoking or vaping it is painful (anyone here remember the early years of the Reagan drug war? Even worse than that!). It takes 5x as many hits to catch a buzz because all the plants were harvested several weeks before optimal THC production was achieved.