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Old 11-07-2017, 03:54 PM #1
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Afghan hash making film from 1970

"Dry sifting ,hand pressing and purifying hashish in Afganistan 1970"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H6ZY9cjVjmM

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This historical film is must see for any dry sifter.
It shows how Afghans made their purest hash. Notice how the mesh screen is always tilted at a 45 degrees and the same resin is re-sifted 3 or 4 times while only using finger taps on the screen. The tilting alters the pore size of the mesh and may encourage resin heads to "roll" down and through the mesh more efficiently. I must try that 45 degree tilted screen technique next time I do some dry sifting.

The last part part shows the resin inside a fine cloth bag that is jiggled up and down so the smaller bits of contaminant will pass through the fine cloth leaving a purer resin inside. They then heat and knead the hash (though, perhaps this is done after the loose resin has been aged?). Check out R.C. Clarke's book "Hashish!"..it's the bible of all things hashish, a must read for all of us who love making hash or just love hashish.

Bizarrely, the last 4 or 5 minutes of the film shows, who I guess are, Peruvian men chewing coca leaves, each one of them has a broken nose.

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Here's a bump for this link....definitely see the film for a little historical view of traditional Afghan harvesting, drying, processing and smoking.
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Its a shame that there is no commentary on that vid and that the resolution isn't a bit better.....but it is cool as a historical reference.
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Notice the dust flying off the plants when they cut them down ?
That would be part of the art . Separating the resin from the dirt .

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It might of been a really dry harvest season or during a multi year drought or it's just that dry there every year? The fine dust was separated from the resin in the last step with the up and down ball of resin in a fine cloth (so the dust and other broken up plant matter passes through the fine holes in the cloth and the resin remains) ...the longer the resin is jiggled up and down, the purer the resin will be)
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G `day HHH

Afghanistan is a desert .
The cold climate in winter may help harden the resin and make it less sticky . Other wise I don`t understand how the dust can be separated from the resin . Shake and sift all you like if its stuck to the trich it has to be removed . Shaking in the silk bag removes the dust from the trich ?

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I've also read that reference about traditional sieving.

Cleaning heads over a 25u screen will net a small pile of waste, just as there is a quantity of fine silt in the bucket post bubble run.
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There used to be a fellow here on IC years ago (MRIKO) who was (I think) originally from some place near the general area where the Hindu Kush run through several countries.

We discussed the Pakistani process, and he indicated they buried their trichs/glands in the ground, rolled up inside 'finished' (tanned) goat skins, for six months or more, in an aging/curing process.

I tried to locate him here for other reasons related to finding another older member (Naga_Sadu), several years ago, and couldn't.
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I use a custom-made automated tumbler wheel inside an epoxy-enamel-sprayed wooden box, with a 25 rpm gear-reduction-drive 115 volt AC motor on a light switch, with what we refer to here as #100 (stainless steel) screen (in a sq. inch, 100 'holes' in the weave in each direction, length and width, within that sq. inch). It's my understanding that a # 120 screen would slightly reduce product, but increase quality.

No pressure is applied to the sieving, other than gravity from matter tumbling inside the wheel. And only higher-end trim is tumbled, springy dry, no pulverizing, and no buds.

Returns have varied from 5% to over 13% of weight of veg matter.

If oily enough, hand-pressing without heating is done. If standard process is used, then heating the steel mold to 170 f., then taking custom-sized-and-taped unscented oven roasting bags with glands, placed in the mold, and placed in a press driven by an 8-ton or 2-ton jack (depending on which one is where at that time).

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Edit: I give the tumbler wheel a 99% lab-grade isopropyl alc. bath, 2-3 times before each use, employing a soft-bristled tooth brush each time to -gently- brush the inside of the wheel with each bathing in the iso.

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Mriko was based in France from what I remember .
Last I saw him post he was saying his health was failing him .

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Mriko was based in France from what I remember .
Last I saw him post he was saying his health was failing him .

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I had thought MRIKO's roots went back to Central Asia.

He was a friend here, or at least friend of friends, and is missed. Sorry to learn of his health issues. I hope he's better. We all travel that circle path; darkness to light and back to darkness.

4 years ago, I'd have been elated to communicate with Naga_Sadu about neurosurgeons in India..'Nother story.

Sorry for the hijack.

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