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Sous weed

Discussion in 'Weed Edibles' started by Jessedible, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. I posted this in another section as a reply to another thread but if anyone has experience with decarbing using the sous vide method and could share your thoughts and pointers with me, I’d really appreciate it. Here’s my post:

    Ok so after doing a shit ton of research on the “sous weed” method of decarbing and infusions, I made a small amount of cannaoil using only 6grams. It was my first attempt at making some edibles for personal use.
    I didn’t want to use the oven method because I was afraid of the smell... so after some research I decided on using the sous vide method. Unfortunately there’s not a lot or help out there so my question is if you were to try the decarbing process using the sous vide method, what would be your process?

    The answers I did come across were all over the place as far as temp and time went... and that’s the other thing, I cant obtain 200 degrees with this sous vide so can I exchange extra time for temp? So for example instead of 200 degrees for two hours, can I do 197 for three hours? I can’t seem to find much out there and how do I know when it’s done?
    I ended up jacking the sous vide up to the highest temp of 198 and just letting it chill for about 2 hours and then turning it off and letting it cool down for another two hours but I’m not sure
    How one really can tell if it’s done it’s work or not. I ended up infusing grapeseed oil because it’s what I had on 185 for four hours and then letting it cool off in the bath overnight... so all told about 12 hours. However my oil isn’t even close to being dark...(see pic) is a darker color an indication of potency? The darker the infusion, the higher the thc content? Any insight you can share with me is greatly appreciated!
  2. Interesting. Decarbing sous vide sounds wonderful if it actually works. According to the way I read this chart the fastest it could be decarbed would be about 3 hours and a couple of the studies show it wouldn't be fully decarbed even after 4 hours. The only way you're going to be able to tell if it's fully decarbed is to do a lab test but since that's probably not going to happen, I'd go 4 hours and take it on faith it's either almost or fully decarbed. And the color of your oil doesn't have anything to do with potency, practically speaking.
  3. Thank you very much for a very helpful answer. I appreciate the time you took to help me.
    I’ve successfully (well that’s subject to personal opinion) been able to sous weed a batch with very favorable results however like you mentioned, without lab testing, how could one possibly know... the chart you attached is the one that I’ve been using so that’s reassuring and I have my second bath going right now... I have it on 200f and was going to originally let it go for two hours but now I’m thinking your estimate of 4 hours is more on the mark. The first time I did 197 at 2 hours and then another hour letting it cool in the sous vide water bath. Unfortunately I used too much oil when I went to infuse it. So it definitely diluted my results when I went to make some edibles. So I won’t make that mistake again haha... I’ll let you know how This new batch turns out. Thanks for a helpful reply and reassuring me that the color has nothing to do with potency!
  4. I've seen that 203°F for 1hr20minutes was the spot for sous vide but unfortunately. many of those gadgets don't quite get that hot. You'd have to use hot water on a burner to know that for sure. That's one of the things I still need to test out with the lab. I don't have one of those water heaters with temp control but I have a stove and thermometer. This needs to be documented so hopefully I can find some resources to do it. I've seen a lot of similar inquiries recently. :)
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  5. At my altitude water boils at 203F so no immersion heater would be needed, just keep the water boiling and it'll stay at 203F. I can imagine decarbing at that temp would save more flavors. It would be a worthwhile experiment to decarb and infuse in a sous vide envelope at the same time.
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