There has been an explosion in the number of home growers in the recent times due to the relaxing of cannabis laws in the United States. Additionally, the plethora of information available online and offline has enabled marijuana enthusiasts to grow own their own. While growing quality weed is half the job, harvesting and extracting the active ingredients out of the buds is a more important part. If you fail to extract the weed in the right way all your hard work put in for the growth will be down the drain.
That is why we bring you today’s post on the most popular extraction technique used world wide – bubble bag method.
The two basic types of extractions are with solvent and without solvent. Butane Hash Oil (BHO), Super critical CO2 and Rick Simpson Oil (RSO) are examples of solvent based extraction techniques. Kief, dry sifting and bubble hash are examples of non-solvent methods. Let us now loom at the bubble bag method in detail.
What will you need?
- Plant material (buds)
- A bubble bag kit
- Distilled water (5 gallons)
- 2 Bags of ice
- Two 5 gallon buckets
- A stick for stirring and a blender (optional)
- Parchment paper
- Scrapping tools ( a blunt knife, a spoon etc)
Step 1: Mixing the trim with ice and water
A thumb rule in bubble bag extraction is that 10 grams of material yields 1 gram hash. One can mix 5 gallons of water, 2 bags of ice and about 300-500 grams of material. If the material is devoid of sticks and large fan leaves it will give a better yield. stir up the contents in a large bucket and let them sit for a few minutes between each stir. Some people also use hand blenders, but stirring too much is not suggested. Use distilled water to ensure the end product is not contaminated.
Step 2: Filtering the mixture
Arrange the bubble bags in the kits in ascending order of the screen size, folding the edges over the previous one. Then place them in a 5 gallons bucket and turn the ice-bud mixture into the last bag. Pour in two or three batches to avoid spilling while stirring ocassionally. The bubble bag sets are available in different numbers such as 4, 5 and 8 bag sets. The more the number of bags, the better you will be able to separate the hash based on the size of the resin heads.
Step 3: Separating and collecting the residue
Lift up the first bag and let all water drain. You can do a second run of the remaining contents but the quality of the yield will not be very good. Now lift and jerk each bag slowly to let out excess water. Turn it out and scrape out the contents on each screen onto a 25µ pressing screen using a spoon. The screen comes free with the iPOWER Bubble Hash Bag Essence Extractor Kit. (You can also order more here) Squeeze it slightly and turn the remaining content onto a parchment paper marked with the screen size of the bag you have emptied. Repeat the same for all the bags.
Each batch will have a different taste and potency, for example the hash collected from the 73µ is considered to be of high potency and 120µ bag collects the larger heads that are not the best quality. However, the potency also depends on the strain of the plant. For beginners, it is suggested that they try out the hash from different screens to get a good understanding of smoothness, taste and aroma.
Step 4: Drying and collecting
Let the collected wet kief dry for at least 12 hours to a few days. You could press them if you have collected larger quantities using a hash press, or use as it is.
Advantages of using iPower Bubble Bags:
iPower provides the highest quality plant essence extraction kits in the world. It’s advantages include the below
- Organise your extracts: Organise your yield easily as the bags are cooler-coded for the micron size. Different plants need different size filters, so more the number of bags you have the better it is.
- Remove Debris: With the help of bubble bags you can avoid getting dust or plant material into your extracts. This will leave you with high quality oils, hash and essences.
- Simple Process: You can eliminate guess work and risk once you know what size suits your extraction. Moreover, it is much safer than using solvent based techniques that many a times leave residue which can prove fatal on consumption.
Order your bubble bag kit today at the best price and enjoy your next harvest!