The first step, I could already do a better job at is starting material. I should have done a tighter trim on my starting material removing more leaf and stem material. That being said, I started this run with 3 loosely packed gallon bags of fresh trim and small buds from my RomulanxChernobyl cross, the sister #2. If I had packed the bags, it'd probably only be a gallon of trim. I froze the trim for over 24hrs in prep for hash making.
I use 4 bubble bags in the process, 225, 120, 73 and 25 micron. I pour some ice in my 5 gallon bucket then start stacking the bags inside, starting with the smallest micron. Fold the top of your bags over the edge of the buckets to hold them in place. Once ready, I add my fresh/frozen trim into the 225 bag and add ice to it then fill the bucket with water until the ice and trim just start to float. If you are using dried herb, you might wait about 20 min before the next step.
Using a wooden spoon I stir the ice solution firmly about 120 times before draining the 225 bag. While I do the other bags, I keep the trim/ice bag in an ice chest.
Next I drain the 120 micron bag, this is considered "edible" hash. After it drains, I move the bag to a 2nd 5 gallon bucket and rinse the sides of the bag down and gently rinse the collected trichomes before scraping them up and placing in the drying rig.
When done, pull the bag, swirl the leftover rinse water and dump it back into the original bucket.
Next, pull your 73 micron bag and repeat.
The slowest part of the process for me is draining the 25 micron bag. What I do now is leave the draining of the 25 micron to the very end. So at this point, push the 73 micron back inside the 25 then the 120 back into the 73 and eventually pull the 225 out of the ice chest and press it back into the water. Since the rinse water has raised the overall water level, I drain some water out to get back to the ideal level. Then start the process again. Depending on your yield, I repeat the runs 6-9 times. On the last run after scraping up the hash, I flip the bags inside out and rinse them into the rinse water. When the 25 micron is left, I drain the water from the bucket. Once it has drained enough, I turn the bag inside out in the 2nd bucket and wash it all into the bucket. From there I dump it into a quart jar and take it inside to be washed. I noticed the 25 micron collects a lot of floating nasty material. With the quart jar, let the trichomes settle, dump out 1/2 the dirty water and refill with clean water. Repeat until the water is clean and then drain it through the side of the 25 micron bag.
Once you collected your 73 and 120 it is time to "freeze dry" them. This is my $$$ drying rig. A folded piece of parchment paper inside of a folded piece of cardboard, with spring clamps holding it, inside a zip top bag, all inside the freezer.
After the initial freeze, I wrap the parchment paper with doubled up paper towels, put it back in the cardboard with the clamps then the bag and back into the freezer. Twice a day, I'll pull them from the freezer, let them warm a touch then change out the damp paper towels. If the cardboard is damp, you can use a new piece too. Then back into the freezer.
After a few days, you'll notice the paper towels become less damp. Once it is where you want it, pull it straight from the freezer, scrape it all up into one mass then wrap in fresh parchment then into a storage jar and back in the freezer. When I go to use it, I let the jar warm a little before opening. I weigh out a 1/2 or full gram of desired hash and put that in a small glass holder and put the rest back in the freezer.
The final product burns smooth, is packed with terpenes and hits like a sledge.
Edited by YoshiTrainer, 30 October 2021 - 11:33 AM.