I'm going to use a coffee grinder to ground out the herbs to make sifting easier but I'm not sure if chlorophyll may become broken down small enough to fall through the screen while sifting. I'm unsure but i think it can. Your thoughts on that?
I don't like the coffee grinder because it grinds everything up too fine but it also depends on your method of hash making. If you're using water in your hash making the plant matter and mold will float while the dirt particles and resin will sink because it's much denser. This is especially useful if you're making hashish without screens. I've seen fairly decent hashish made in buckets or jars of ice water just by using the difference in density.
How will you process your hash ?
Bubble , dry sift or solvent ?
I'm going to do it right sift is the only way to go! Bubble is good, it can be very potent and I've seen beautiful bubbly amber resin. Like you say you lose terpenes and the taste just isn't the same. It doesn't expand in your lungs the same way either.
I'm tired of the solvents I was hoping they were a fad that would diminish over time but I don't see that happening. In the 90s when I pictured legalization I pictured lots of beautiful dry sift of every variety and color in the shops. It'll never happen now everyone wants their solvents. To me it's such a waste.
The game changer for me in sifting has been dry ice. I used to wait for cold dry winter days. Start early in the morning when it was still cold and tap tap away at the plant matter on my screen. I was all set to go one morning when my buddy brought over a bag of dry ice.
I was skeptical at first but when I put it on the screen and tap tapped for a few minutes I couldn't believe it. An hour worth of tapping hadpassed through the screen. Greatly improved efficiency and ease. The one drawback you have to watch is how much plant matter shakes off along with the resin. I think this is why people complain about it not tasting as good as regular sifting. You need to have the right touch.
I re-sieve all my resin after I bulk sieve it. Both at a large micron size to get the larger bits out. Then at 45 microns to get rid of the dust, dirt, mites, and pulverized plant matter. I use dry ice in this phase as well it makes everything easily slide through my screens.
Excited because I got a new piece of equipment this year. I can plug it into the wall instead of beating on it by hand. Can't wait to see how some of these hashplants yield it's going to be fun.
Any seeds in this beautyfull
Pot of Gold
I think so. Harvesting my seeded branches was annoying this year because some of the seed clusters had turned to chunks of grey sludge. I was picking through it pulling out mature seeds. Now I've got my seed limbs drying hopefully at least some of my crosses were successful. I'm worried that I pollinated too late and some won't be fully mature.
Definitely less seeds then if the mold didn't hit but that's why I did a lot of pollination. I'm also finding unlabeled seeds in some of the buds. Either the label fell off the branch or I got careless with my pollinating. I know I got careless because I saw a couple poofs of pollen floating out of my pollinating bag.
The only branch I've collected from so far is from the Sinai. Sinai x Lemon Hashplant. There's a lot of seeds because they're so tiny, easily the smallest seeds I've ever made. It's a pain in the ass to collect them all. They're light brown with no stripes or marking. Looking forward to trying them out. Maybe I'll work on a hashplant strain that contains as many different hashish cultivars as I can get. Sinai x Uzbek x Moroccan x Leb x Afghan x Pakistan x Nepali x California. Could be interesting.