I want to make some of this stuff that I have been seeing on the internet:
The sparkly golden stuff!
So I'm going to explain exactly what I did yesterday and hopefully you guys can help me get this next time around.
For the extractor I used a turkey baster measures 20cm in length and 2cm diameter.
I believe this is where a big part of my problem lies. I chose a turkey baster because I didn't want to use PVC pipe due to solvent issues and I didn't want to buy an expensive extractor. I also think that the size of the extractor is a problem, it probably needs to be at least twice the diameter.
Next the weed, I went to buy an oz of dro and ended up getting 10g of fucking shake! My intentions where to use good quality nugs...but then I would have to smoke the shake.I decided to keep nugs to smoke and use shake to make bho with. Next time i will use nugs.
I have been told that one of the most important parts of making good bho is to make sure that it is completely dried out first. I assume that is because the water int he weed will dissolve some of the plant matter when doing the extraction? Anyways I was really excited to make my first batch of oil so I just threw the shake into the oven at 200F for 20 mins or so then took it out.
Next I picked out all the stems and ground up and little nugs in my hand buster. Started packing the 10g of dro shake into the baster a little at a time and packing it down with the handle of a wooden spoon. Once filled I placed a metal pipe screen over the open end of the baster, covered that with two coffee filters and clamped it together with a hose clamp. Here is a pic of all my materials together:
Ok so everything is set-up to go. Extractor is full, water is boiling on the stove for my hot water bath, pyrex pan and can of butane. I have looked all over the internet and it looks like Canadians choose Colibri/London butane and Americans prefer vector. Well I live in the maritimes of Canada and lucky us we can't get either where I am! I literally searched every department store, walmart, canadian tire, smoke shops, gas stations, everywhere! The only ones i can buy here are: Ronson (gross), Benz-0-matic (also gross), camping butane and Clipper. I chose Clipper because my local head shop carried it and it says 7x refined.
However, I did the mirror test and there was a decent amount of residue left behind, and it smelt quite bad. I will not be using this brand again, I will be ordering something online, let me know what brand you prefer!
Alright so now everything is done. I ran the full 139g/250mL can of butane through the extractor and it all drips out onto the pyrex. Then I had a problem, my hot water bath didn't fit the pyrex tray. So I had to improvise and use a different container filled only with warm water from the bathtub. Because of this the bho did not bubble rapidly and I never got the big sticky bubbles that you see all over the internet.
So would that have been a factor in the quality of the finished product? Or is that something that people do just to speed up the process of evaporating the butane?
Here is my finished product:
The stuff in the front is the bho and the darker oil in the back is the iso-alcohol wash that I did after the butane run. Remember I'm only doing this for personal use and I didn't expect to get too much from 10g of dro shake. But I got probably twice as much from the iso wash than the bho. How can I change that ratio? should I have run more butane through the extractor?
The bho is about the same quality as the stuff I can buy around here so I am happy with my result for my first time ever making bho. That being said I will not be satisfied until I can make the sparkly golden goo so any tips on the process would be greatly appreciated. (Wouldn't mind making another batch for 420!)
This is my first post ever so I hope I did ok, couldn't figure out how to get my pics onto the thread so i just attached them.
Thanks for the help!