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Bubble Hash: First Attempt

Calvados

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Spoiler alert: I am not good with my hands and I’m not that good at following directions.

I watched a couple of YouTube videos and took the plunge. I bought the series of nets off of eBay for not a lot of money. They are about half the size of the ones in the video. I compensated by using a much bigger bucket (joking but not really). I left the last bag off, because the guy in one of the videos seemed to think it wasn’t really needed. I think I misheard him. So to start I think the steps are:

1) Weigh what you are going to use. Didn’t even think of that.

2). Make up a bucket of water with lots of ice. Dump the pot in the series of bags. Throw some more ice and water in with the pot (top bag). Agitate in the bucket for a minute or two and then stir the pot around with a ladle for a while. I did this for about 20 minutes. Pull the bag with all the weed out. Squeeze out the water and put to the side. I think I made a big mistake here.

3). Spoon out what’s on the bottom of the next bag in the series. Stick on to a nylon strainer with some paper towels underneath. Smash it down with the spoon. Move it over to some cardboard. Label the bag number next to the hash. Repeat.

That’s as far as I’ve gotten.


I understand you are suppose to do the whole process again with the pot in the bag. I read that after I’d already thrown it out. Apparently you will get the same amount as the first run. Is that true? The first bag was 190 and had nothing much in it.

Any advice on how to dry this would be appreciated. I’m going to leave it in a dark closet for a couple of days, and then chop it up a bit. It smells awesome.
 

Weaselcracker

Nug of the Year: 2016 - Member of the Month: Sept 2015, Nov 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2016 - Plant of the Month: May 2016
Yeah I often get about the same amount from my second run. Oh well, live and learn.
I think you’ll probably lose a bit of hash if you leave it to dry and get stuck on the cardboard. I usually put it on a plate then stick it somewhere warm to dry. It’s better if it mostly dries within two or three days. If it dries very slowly and sits wet for too long it can take on a sort of fermented smell. Probably not an issue with small amounts like that.
The 190 micron bag is just a strainer bag for plant material, same as the 220, and you’re not meant to keep what’s in it.
I normally use the 120, 75, and 45 micron bags and skip the 25 micron one.
More often lately I skip using the bags at all and just strain out the waste material, let the trichomes settle for a couple hours, then siphon off the water. That also works fine and you don’t need bubble bags.
 

Lungren

Active Member
Yeah I often get about the same amount from my second run. Oh well, live and learn.
I think you’ll probably lose a bit of hash if you leave it to dry and get stuck on the cardboard. I usually put it on a plate then stick it somewhere warm to dry. It’s better if it mostly dries within two or three days. If it dries very slowly and sits wet for too long it can take on a sort of fermented smell. Probably not an issue with small amounts like that.
The 190 micron bag is just a strainer bag for plant material, same as the 220, and you’re not meant to keep what’s in it.
I normally use the 120, 75, and 45 micron bags and skip the 25 micron one.
More often lately I skip using the bags at all and just strain out the waste material, let the trichomes settle for a couple hours, then siphon off the water. That also works fine and you don’t need bubble bags.
could you explain a little more of doing it without the bags?
how do you siphon the water off?
and do you get the same yeilds as with bags?
 

Weaselcracker

Nug of the Year: 2016 - Member of the Month: Sept 2015, Nov 2016 - Nug of the Month: Oct 2016 - Plant of the Month: May 2016
Trichomes are heavier than water and sink to the bottom. So really all you need to do is go through the first couple steps of making bubble hash. Agitate with ice and strain out the unwanted stuff, then just let what’s left sit for a couple hours. There will be a layer of hash settled in the bottom of the container. Then you have to siphon off the water as much as possible, and dry what’s left.

My yield is actually about 30% higher without the bags. The overall quality is a bit lower. But definitely not 30% lower. My best guess is the settling method collects a lot of broken fragments of trichomes which the bags don’t catch.
So I can take the leftover water from making bubble hash with the bags, and get a bunch more of lower grade hash by letting the water settle.
There are pros and cons. It’s still just as much work. But it’s a great way to easily make hash on a small scale.

It’s something I used to do in the 90’s when all I could find was heavy indica weed that made my eyes bleed and brain short out. I’d make it i it hash which for some reason I tolerate better.

I made a tutorial on doing it small scale in one of my journals. I’ll dig up a link to that. I keep meaning to do a longer post or separate thread on it- just been lazy. I have to do a small run of hash very soon, so might make another attempt at a DIY thread.

Lately I’ve been using it for larger batches using 1 - 2 pounds of bud and trimmings.
Here’s that link.

Simple ice hash method
 
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