Only The Strong sauce tek

  1. Start by chilling your material columns. With open sleeved jackets a dry ice/ 99% isopropyl solution will reach -110, and with closed jackets liquid nitrogen is appropriate. Chill the solvent tank at this time as well.
  2. Once you have reached and are holding desired temp while also maintaining vacuum it’s time to prime the system. We do this by pushing warm vapors from another solvent tank into the system.
  3. Turn on your recovery pump and open recovery port on your cold tank, allow it to build a bit of pressure. While doing this, remove the cold solvent tank from its chilling bath, place it on your refrigerant scale, then open the liquid port and begin flushing. I do a 10:1 solvent to material.
  4. Once the solvent has pushed through the material column I let the solute run through my buchner vessel (purchased from open source Steel). I put pro pak distillation packing on top and between the filters to prevent clogging. Freeze with dry ice and iso/etoh for at least one hour. I’ve had clients get good results without dewaxing.
  5. After allotted time, I open the next valve and allow it to run through the filters into the collection vessel. I recover at 65° to preserve the terps.
  6. Once it’s low enough open (you want to leave about 1lb of solvent and pour into jars put lid on loose and cryo with dry ice / isopropyl for minimum of 2 days. I do this in an igloo cooler in a deep freeze freezer. During this you’ll see THCa crystals blooming on the walls and bottom of the jars. This is what you want to happen, don’t be alarmed.
  7. After that let jars sit at room temp for an hour or 2, then tighten the lids all the way and do another couple hours at room temp. (This is only to ensure enough solvent has evaporated so you can tighten the lid)
  8. Place jars, with lids tight, in vacuum oven at 80-85° with no vacuum, for 14-21 days, sometimes longer depending on the reaction. (For larger diamonds set to 65° this will extend growth time to 3 months even longer. You must be patient for this. I advise doing 85° till youre comfortable.) That’s when your crystals will grow and real separation will happen.
  9. Once you feel you have achieved proper separation. (You sometimes need to burp after growth has stopped) Open jar and quickly pour terps into smaller jar allow some diamonds to flow in as well. Cap and place back on heat for another week or 2 to ensure precipitation has ended.
  10. After a week or 2 open terp fraction and begin purging. Leave the oven at 85(this step is not always necessary), pour the terps into a pyrex dish to allow for enough surface area for the solvent to escape. And pull a -15 to -20 vac for 4 days
  11. While the terp fraction is finishing we advise to put the thca portion in the freezer with capped lid. Place back in oven and purge with the terpene fraction.

The freezing in the jars will force the THCa to crystallize and crash off to the bottom. Then, as it heats up it will dissolve (if you have no pressure it will float to the top leaving seeds everywhere negating the cryo) with pressure it will stay at the bottom and create a clear layer and as the pressure rises the layer gets thinner and more compact until it’s so compact it’s forced to crystallize to get room…

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Thanks for the Tek! What solvent are you using?


Damn i cant believe i missed that. I use 60/20/20 propane/isobutane/nbutane.


It takes that long? A month in the oven


I’ve found that by switching from jars to pressure vessels, and applying more pressure via nitrogen or co2, you can cut that time down significantly


why the isobutane? right now im using 70/30 tase /propane works great. iv also used strait butane with it working. im gonna have to try it with isobutane.


Thank you very much I have made a few batches and I think this will help out immensely


The evaporation rate of solvent directly correlates to how fast the thca seeks to stack onto itself, so blends matter in that sense. Probably want to use the least “like shape” alkane blend to reject more of the thca from solution in targeted conditions. Pentane is very efficient at dissolving thca than others, so your yields can suffer, for instance…


1-Doesn’t a loose lid in a cryo environment pull moisture into the jars?
2-regarding the 1 LB of solvent left in the jars, after cryo I just tighten the lid and let sit at room temp? What about the solvent pressure popping lids?


Curious to what psi you bring your diamond miner or vessel up to. I have a miner and can backflow CO2 into mine but really would like to a psi to shoot for, and do you keep it pressurized or burp and re-pressure. Thanks for the open source tech.


Thanks OTSCC …Loving the site Future really appreciate the work youve done the data dump :facepunch: also hopefully this site does well in our community.


Thank you this helps with some of the headache and saves a ton of time.


Curious about Buchner setup. Volume should match recovery vessel? How man filters and at what microns would you recommend?


Isobutane boils at a lower temp making it easier to hold onto terps. N butane boils at 30.2°f and iso butane boils at 10.94°f.


Ive found co2 can grab onto some of the terps and take them with when you open. Nitrogen for pressure is more desired. And with higher pressure you can achieve larger diamonds at lower temps giving better terpene retention.


The loose lid is just for the outer ring. The inner cap lays on the lid acting as a 1 way valve so it lets solvent excape but keeps moisture out.


And for the second question. The 1lb is for when you stay the freezing/crashing phase. By the time you tighten the cap you’ll have evaporated a lot off.


Yes open source has 2 sizes. You can also acheive the sane thing with a second jacketed tube with no material in it. I use 2 filters a 20-25u and 3u as well as pro pak distillation packing on each filter. You can purchase the pro-pak from


I able to create some beautiful crystals but want to add some shelf life to them by separating the terpines out more than just a pour.
How do I wash diamonds to preserve Thca and avoid them dissolving back into terpines?

Thank you


Wash over a buchner funnel with coffee filters with cold alkane