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Old 09-20-2010, 06:01 PM #11
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Yesterday was 16 days from the first day in the freezer for the experimental branch and 16 days for the buds in jars.

JARRED WEED-

I have been puffing on the jarred stuff for a week and a half and I can tell this method is going to allow the product to mellow even more over time, but at this current point there is definitely a little left to be desired as far as flavor and actual "texture" of the smoke. I still do feel it will get smoother in the weeks to come.

FREEZE DRIED WEED-

The freezer tester got it's first sample yesterday (16 days in), and initially I believe the results are good. The bud certainly tasted and smoked different. I'm having a tough time thinking of words to describe the differences but I'll try.

The freezer bud at 16 days seems to have the same flavor as the jarred buds but with a more "refined" (maybe??) element. The smoke itself was smoother for sure, pleasant expansion without inducing a cough. That is noteworthy because I have been coughing quite a bit lately and the smoke usually exacerbates that. I get the same whitish ash as I do from the other buds. The bud itself, however, still feels kinda spongy when squeezed.



My opinions are coming from just a couple test bowls from last night. I'm going to wait at least 2-4 days before testing freeze dried bud again, but I am hopeful about this method and I will be putting a substantial amount more from plants chopped the past two nights into the freezer after they have dried a few days.

Thanks for checking in and I want to hear some opinions and criticisms.



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Old 09-23-2010, 08:38 PM #12
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Don't believe everything you read but do BELIEVE THIS: marijuana can effectively be dried and cured in the freezer portion of the refrigerator sitting in your home's kitchen.

I have concluded that the freezer drying method is superior and more practical for my situation than is drying and curing in jars. All marijuana was hang-dried for 4 days prior to going into their jars or the freezer but after those first 4 days the 2 methods differ considerably.

I never had to monitor the conditions of or do anything to the bud drying in the freezer, it was in a constant pitch black darkness and an airtight environment to protect THC from degradation. The vacuum also keeps the smell in, NO ODOR EVER COMING FROM THE FREEZER. This method was pretty much "Set it and Forget it!"

The bud in jars was aired out a couple times a day or as often as possible. I also monitored the temps and humidity very closely. So, essentially, this method required daily attention.

I am happy with the results from both methods. I have quality smoke a little more than 3 weeks after harvest from either way. I must say, however, I am more happy with the freeze dried product. After a couple days to think, and smoke, on it I have noticed a positive difference in the freezer weed. Most importantly the buzz is more pronounced, cleaner and longer lasting. The flavor is also better, similar to the jarred bud but more of it and more refined.

The only thing, so far, where the jarred pot beats the freezer pot is smell. Cracking open a jar of pot dried in the jar puts out a good, pungent odor. Cracking open the jar of freeze dried pot doesn't smack you in the face with that good, good smell. It might be different after being left to "sweat" in the jar for a few days however.

I have a decent sized harvest that is ready for the jars or the freezer now/tonight. I'm pretty sure I'm going to fit as much as I can in the extra spaces in my freezer and the only bud going in jars will be what doesn't fit in the freezer. I should get a more conclusive idea after this go at it, being there will be a much larger sample size.

Thanks again for hanging around and going along with a mostly boring thread. I'd love to see some feedback and I would love even more if someone else would give this a try to help refine the method more.



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Old 09-23-2010, 08:46 PM #13
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nice! My friend does the Freezer method and TRUST ME it gets its smell back after a day. BTW my friend brought some XJ13 done with the freezer method. BOMB STUFF!
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Old 09-23-2010, 08:49 PM #14
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Do you put the buds that go in the freezer in anything, like a jar or bag, or just put them straight in.

If not I could see putting the nugs in jars then putting them in the freezer... Might help increase aroma
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Interesting ..... freezing the last water molecules out of the THC, then allowing them to evaporate the water off as they 'defrost'

Doing it a couple of times, as in 'airing' them would intensify the effect ....
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:24 AM #16
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I've got a cardboard box that is loosely filled with buds that were a little crisp on the outside but still a little spongey when squeezed after having a 4 day hang dry. There will be another box going in tomorrow after one more day of drying.

I smoked the whole tester before it got a chance to sit in a jar for more than 24 hrs so I'll have to wait about 3 weeks to see how the aroma builds after a few days in the jar. I'm sure the smell will be there, one main idea is the thc and terpenes will be preserved more effectively.

I'm not sure if I understand your point on putting the bud back in the freezer but I'm sure you could without too much ill effect. More time in the freezer will just result in bud being drier and drier until all moisture is gone. I think the desired effects are achieved in the time period (3 weeks for me) it takes to get the bud evenly dry.

I hope I'm making sense. I'm a stranger in a strange land and um stoned!



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interesting report gill! Do you just leave the buds out in the open? In a bag?
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Old 09-24-2010, 04:35 PM #18
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The bags are in a shallow cardboard box that is left open so that the frozen water in the plant material is allowed to evaporate. This process, sublimation, is the key to this method.

I have another box-o-buds about to to in the freezer. I let these buds get a little drier, I'm hoping this will cut down on the 21 day freezer time a little. I'm hoping I can get the same results after 14-16 days. This means I'll have no buds drying/curing in jars. By the time the feeze dried buds ends up in a jar, it will be in that jar solely for storage.

I will continue to add my opinions on this subject as they form and I'll answer any questions that might get asked the best I can but for the most part I'm gonna need this thread to help me keep up with the dates; entered freezer date mainly. So please be patient as Ill only check this thread as often as I can and updates might be 3 weeks apart. Thanks again for looking, take care.



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I too am curious about how they go into the freezer. in an earlier post you mention that they are vacuum sealed to prevent the odor from escaping, then in a later post you mention that you put them loosely in a cardboard box so the water can evaporate. I'm confused. sorry. I just put some buds in a jar today, but would like to take some out and try the freezer method. a little clarification please
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The buds are not vacuum sealed, the freezer itself is a large vacuum! You can hang them from your freezers racks, set them on your freezers racks, put them in open boxes or on pieces of cardboard, you could prob put them in jars with the lids off or any container with lids off, as long as the buds to be dried are allowed to breathe inside the freezer the process of sublimation should take place.

Give it a shot, share your results with us here in this thread!



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