Sorry for what is seemingly a dumb question. I filled a bunch of carts last week, 2nd pass distillate with 5% by weight added terps. After mixing in the terms I stupidly vac sealed the jar which led to this:
So now I figure, it’s not wise to store the carts under vacuum which was my plan. Figured they need to be stored under inert atmosphere and all I could come up with with what I had on hand was storing them in a plastic container with a gasket and spraying in a good bit of this (mix of nitrogen, CO2, argon for preserving opened bottles of wine):
Well, that container was surely not air tight and today I noticed the dreaded red ring on the top of the cartridge:
So my question(s):
How do you store filled carts? I imagine it’s best to store them upright? So no just throwing them in a mason jar and filling with inert gas. What kind of container / solution do you have for this problem? I’m thinking some kind of air tight chamber with a port for gas attachment. Just wondering if anyone had any good over the counter solutions so that I don’t have to reinvent the wheel here.
Am I wrong that they shouldn’t be stored under vac? I fear the added terps will cold boil and I’ll end up with a shit ton of bubbles. Tomorrow I plan to put a couple carts under vac to check, but in the mean time, any advice?
Also, should I expect the red color to get worse? Kind of freaking out. These are the 2nd batch of carts I’ve made so I’m quite new to this. The first ones were d8 carts that I made accidentally by either improperly filtering AC scrubbed 1st pass distillate or not adjusting the pH of the ethanol/oleoresin solution. For some reason the distillate after 2nd pass never oxidized/turned red. Subsequent batches of d8 did, so not sure what was up with that one.
Would you consider these carts (the ones in pic) sellable? Is this common enough to be expected by retailers? Kind of stressing out about them.
And no, this material was not degummed. I did a test reaction after acquiring some degumming enzyme which is waiting to be distilled again. I put a pause on degumming until I could figure out if it can be done in ethanol, as mixing with just hot water was a royal pain. From what some very informed and highly respected people told me, it is possible to degum in ethanol without significant denaturation of the enzyme, so I’ll be doing that on future batches. Really really hoping that solves the red / oxidation issue. But even if it does…how best to store carts under an inert atmosphere, while keeping them up right?