Hello guys, pleasure to participate this forum, hopefully one day I’ll help as many people as I have learned from you just reading. Thanks to you, I was able to produce a vapeable concentrate from hash.
Unfortunately I don’t have access to anything other than hash where I live, so that limits a bit the tek I use, and is the reason I opened the thread, I can’t improve my oil any further.
Back to what I’m doing, I’m limited to what I have access / can afford to produce my medicine. Here’s a list.
- hot plate with magnetic stirrer
- Büchner filter with 0.22 micron disk, since I can’t rely on the hash production I want to make sure nothing passes thru (although it does happen with water soluble)
- natural bentonite (food grade pH 9),
- Granular AC (aquarium grade)
- Mgso4 (unused
- citric acid (used once, no difference observed)
- 190 proof ethanol (it’s cheap here and I don’t run large amounts in a way it would be worth it, so I don’t own a vacuum oven, not can afford one)
- small vac pump (takes 20 minutes to filter 500ml)
Important to mention that I chose to avoid things that could kill me or blow things up, I’m not a professional after all.
Notes, limitations and issues:
I use a freezer that peaks - 30c, I cool the eth and hash overnight before extracting
my bentonite works fine as filter, no carbon powder passes thru the cake.
the color is very dark, almost black, but vapes fine, no noticeable burn residues. The taste is acceptable, not like clear carts tho. Since the material is very expensive here I don’t get to play a lot with it, so I dillute it in 1:20 eth and filter / scrub at that concentration, I was afraid I would lose too much yield by filtering a less concentrated solution.
I have tried 15m ac and bentonite scrubs at 60c, no notable difference, considering the final product is dark, it does have decent impact on the solution before evaping the ethanol tho, not sure how it loses translucency like that.
I don’t decarb on purpose, considering I don’t have the right equipment, id probably end up with too much CBN if I did (correct me if I’m wrong), and the vape pens reach enough temps to burn thca.
I’m too stupid to understand in which conditions d9 would isomerize, and if it only occurs from d9 and not thca. Either way, not too worried, unless I get CBN, which effects I hate.
Points I’d like info on:
Find the best evaporation technique that doesn’t rely on expensive machinery (again, can’t afford a roto or vac oven)
Improve translucency (note, I don’t care about the color itself, dark amber is just fine), I think I have the material to achieve that, probably just doing it wrong.
Find a way to get rid of some water solubles. I always get a little bit of yellowish water left when burning the ethanol off, when that happens I add a bit of distilled water to avoid getting the solubles into the oil and mechanically separate them, followed by 5 minutes under 100c. Does adding water to etho prior to evaporation help any further?
Improve yield (less than 30% currently, although the hash isn’t bad at all)
Should I rosin press instead whatever this is? Haha
As I’m stupid about this, I’m not totally clear on what information I should be providing to get help, so please feel free to ask. Finally, I don’t want to waste anyone’s time, so feel free to send me reading if you have to. English isn’t my mother language, so I could have missed something here while studying the already available content.
Thanks in advance!
Ps: I’ll start taking some pictures from now and share as I go, eventually to be available as valuable information to other people with the same limitations as me.
Sorry if I broke any rules, I tried not to.