Hello, I recently made my introduction here and started feeling my way around. I have a good amount of experience on the close loop system as a helper, and have recently taken over some lab work for some people who are trying to get things rolling and eventually expand a little bit. So to put it simply, I am a novice with a fairly well rounded understanding of how things work, but I am also a little overwhelmed in doing my research. When researching how to improve my methods and what route to take things can get a little blurry as there are so many methods and peoples advice to take. This industry is expanding so quick it’s hard to keep up when you’re just learning as well. So here goes
Currently until new harvest come in, I am using a lot of older trim to kind of dial in the system and my methods. My first initial mission simply put, is to make Bho from trim through a closed loop system, clean it up as much as possible and get it into some cartridges. This is kind of a proof of concept type of thing as far as my skills go. I’m well aware that processing trim for pens is a novice move and frowned upon so to speak but it’s just where I’m at in trying to learn. So here is my set up, my methods. And I’m just asking what the best next move is for me and what I should research.
I run my trim through the closed loop system. Dumping my pot, and purging in a vac oven
When that process is done, I take the purged bho, and dilute it in a 15:1 ratio with ethanol in a mason jar
Freeze the mason jar for a day or two, or less if I have extra dry ice
Run the mason jar through a Büchner funnel and filter at 25 microns, then 3 microns if it won’t clog, which usually leaves me with a fat bed of greenish fats and lipids, so I’m removing a lot of mass… (remember shitty trim)
After that, I run that jar of filtered bho and etho into my rotovap at about 115F removing the ethanol
I finally end up with a pretty thick and dark product.
This is where I need some simple advice as far as what next step to take. I researched carbon scrubs, diamatacous earth, and things like that but again if I’m not going in the right direction that’s a lot of research and time for the wrong thing. So what I’m asking is, what should be my proper next move to focus on to clean up the oil. I’ve been reading a lot about decarbing as well before putting into cartridges. So given my simple novice process of trim to bho, bho to etho dilution, Buchner filter, rotovap, where should I direct my focus of learning next to achieve a product that can atleast make it into a cart. I’d like To get the color much lighter. The lab also has a distillation set up but is missing the pump. The people I work for don’t want to get into distillation just yet so as much as I’d like to, I cant jump into that at this moment. Just seeing what I can do to clean up the end result of my crude trim oil. All a part of my novice learning process. Thank you for any direction