Bubble Hash and the Washing Machine, a true story.
Bubble Hash, with a side order of me.
This is my experience with making bubble hash using a washing machine. My main source of information and education was from watching only one video from Frenchy Canoli. I had access to only one of his video’s but it covered everything from start to finish, except drying and pressing. I gathered info on those topic from the web.
I used the same 5 gallon machine that Frenchy used and modified the drain as he suggested. I have used this machine before so I was familiar with it.
Last year when I got the machine I tried it out and did a half ass job with my half as effort and information that I had at the time. So just like my first grow it wasn’t my best work. So knowing this I went into this venture with the idea of this will just be a complete learning experience. With the little bit that I’ve learned last year and some other that I’ve been reading about. Along with viewing Frenchy video, I had enough new and old information to improve hopefully but knew I was still learning and to not sweat it and to just make hash.
This is what I did, right or wrong. Just kinda winged it and tried to remember what I could. Enjoy
Filling the machine,
Following Frenchy’s video he said to start with ice in the machine first and then your flower, about 300 gr. Then more ice, filled with water about 2/3 or more. The bud material that I used was dry so it had to sit for 20 min to soak and soften. I ran the first batch for 12 min and drained.
I was able to cut some plastic buckets to hold the bags and then stack them. I use a large plastic tub was a camping grill on top to set the buckets on. The bottom bag was a 45, next was a 90, then a 160. I did use a 220 bag first to catch debris.
I did not use the 220 bag inside the machine as per the instruction from the manufacturer, but instead followed Frenchy as he didn’t use one in his video. I have used it before and had mixed feeling on how it preformed. But the washing machine people put it in there for something, they ain’t just giving out bags. Needless to say I had a lot of debris, that’s why I used the 220 bag on top. I guess the 220 will be in there somewhere.
The solution passed through the bags and immediately stopped at the 45 bag. This is where and when I learned my technique of stirring. Oh sure anybody can stir, right. Well, if you find yourself starring at a 5 gallon bag FULL of hash water that isn’t draining and it’s been a loonngg time, you learn how to stir. Trust me. I had to whip that shit like a Meringue. (you can’t poke little holes in the bag either, man I thought about it) I couldn’t let the solution stop moving or it would fill and clog the bag. I had to keep it whipping around and the faster I went the faster it draining, which still wasn’t very fast. I washed the bags between each load with alcohol and then soap and water, but it was still just as slow. I’m thinking it was the Glueberry.
I did 12 loads through the machine like that. Each one produced about 4+ gallons of water that had to pass through the bucket brigade. I tried different techniques, but in the end it was the “Whip Baby, whip it real good!” that brought home the beacon.
I separated the three grades from 3 different batches, that all got washed four times. So a total of twelve runs. I lost one 160 screen when I forgot to put the 220 catch all bag on top and dump the unfiltered water straight in the 160. I threw it back in the washer. It’s like catch and release.
In total, it was about 12 hr to process this.
Ok, this is where my info stopped and I had to start searching for answers. I had all my patties on platters on mesh screens with fresh paper towel underneath. After a twelve hour crash course in straining hash water, aka baby poop water, I just shoved the stuff in a closest, blessed it and went to bed.
Cont. from above,
Kinda heard about the freezing part, but had to look it up. That was a couple of days later. Into the freezer it went, after it had been about 3 days in the closest. I thought it just had to dry in open air. It was dry cured bud to begin with, it just got wet is all. I did turn the cakes each day. They felt dry.
After chilling for 24 hr it was time to micro plane the frozen patties into fine dust. Luckily I have micro planes. I didn’t know they where so multi functional.
Micro planning hash patties with finger tips and nails was another experience that will linger in my memories and scar tissue. Not the easiest thing to do but you’ll find your own technique, like stirring.
After you have transformed your patties into grated hash, it’s time to let it air dry. I let it sit over night. Mine was fairly dry, it moved like sand once you broke it lose. I put mine on a baking sheet with parchment paper and then slid it in a brown paper bag and pinched it shut. After drying I ran it through a fine mesh kitchen sifter before jarring it.
This was another mystery that I had to solve. I didn’t have a press, so good old hot water and a glass jar and I’ll turn that granular hash back into a patty. (?) So just like canning you heat some water and then put your jar in the water to heat and you made sure NOT to heat it with the lid on. Always remove the lid before heating.
My method, I put a piece of wood on the table to protect the table. Then an electric heating pad with a large baking sheet on top. This will keep the bottom baking sheet warm, while I roll on the top.
I put a set amount of grated hash on a piece of folded parchment and start pressing it with the jar of hot, and I mean HOT as HELL water. Big ass gloves and just work it like you would bread dough. The 45 mesh hash melted nicely, and flattened very thin. I let it cool then removed it from the paper, folded it over and pressed it again. I folded and pressed each one three times. I think I read somewhere to do it like that, or it’s just my OCD.
The 90 and the 160 I mixed together and pressed it as one. It was drier and not as melty as the other. It didn’t form good cakes like the 45 did. I don’t have a definitive answer why this happened only a guess. Will have to research this.
Once everyone was pressed flat, I put the flat Stanley s under the baking sheet and on top of the heating pad and let them warm up a bit. Then pulled them out and started manipulating them together by hand into one cake. I had to work quickly it starts to set up and harden.
I’m now the proud owner of two adorable hash cakes and I couldn’t be happier! Oh Joy!
So my experience was everything that I thought and a whole bunch that I didn’t see coming. I made a lot of improvement and have a lot more to learn. This has shown me so much that I didn’t know and educated me as to just how hard and complicated making hash can be if you want it to be. Or you can do like I do and just take what you’ve got, do your best and get better each time. I don’t have to be the best, Frenchy has that covered. But I sure don’t mind following in his foot steps. Thank you Sir.
Thanks for helping me do this. Cheers. Jusqu a la prochaine fois. peace
text book !
pretty fucking awesome thread woodi bro - so glad u got in deep.. its a beautiful world of growing trichromes, then separating them from the beloved plant so they can be joined and melted together to make new cannabinoids ratios and terpene profiles that cannot be found in flowers alone !
You're so right there's much to learn.. the science is straightforward but the techniques are art forms which distinguishes Frenchie's work of a lifetime... something you and me can have have fun with trying to learn, emulate and copy as best we can .. when people ask about making hash, generally they want simple answers, but those answers take those hours of work to really understand.. glad you're absorbing your way along the experience.. !
I'd say you've passed prep school with flying colours and then some!
developing the pressing side is something where a lot of practise is required and hard to come by due to logistics etc and where the quality of the collection and material starts to speak for itself.. this is where i think you and I are both at kinda atm.... finishing school.. before we can start to work with both knowledge and skills in place ready to develop to be proper little hashishins 😉 lol
huge respect Woodi
hope u love your hash
Time to pop some more beans 😗
Just like panning for gold dust.lol Thats some big slabs of goodness you got from it 😀 Excellent job Woodi, nice presentation too 🙂 👍
In the corridors of power where the talks are in full swing
If you can't say it with flowers Then don't say anything
@stootie, it's as big in dia as a hockey puck, and just as hard.
Now I have a grate it off this puck. But, My oh My! 😊
@chillbert, thanks for having a look. All I can say is your right on all above points and everything that I've done so far need to be refined, massively! 🤣
This is one rabbit hole that I might not mind sticking my head in.
It's like just simply make it, has good results. So when you put some effort into it, then it becomes amazing. Then if you actually know what you doing, well, I can dream.
Edited through 100 pics just to select 12, that's what I was asking about. LOL Condensed and compressed it into this, it works.
Thanks for all your help. Peace
Wowsers @woodi2! Wicked write up there, clear as hash mud. I asked Mrs. Santa for a washing machine but I must have been a bad boy ☹️. Really good explanation except I have this song stuck in my head now, something comes along you must whip it, whip it good 😉 . Kudos on the hashish
We just smiled n waved sittn there on that sack o seeds
@hart, thanks man. Yeah, it's a true story I been working on. Glad I finally got to write it down on,,,,, well whatever this stuff is!! 🤣
You keep growing that Bruce as big as you do and you'll need one. Hit her up from that angle, storage space. That's the ticket!! 👍 Thanks Bro.
quit pushing all that cold air down here, damn it. 😬 🤣
Wowza! You jumped in with both feet. Fantastic! Love your write-up and the great pictures. It's clear you learned a massive amount. Excellent job. Can't wait to hear how it hits!
To see a World in a Grain of Sand, And a Heaven in a Wild Flower,
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand, And Eternity in an hour.
― William Blake
Can't wait to hear how it hits!
It's great!! Now if I could just find the keyboard!!
It's heavy but up lifting and doesn't put you in the dirt. A lot of it was sativa and on the slightly early side of harvest so it was energetic to start with and this just turned up the volume. I have to use the micro plane to shave off a bit, it's too hard to cut. I may have to reheat it so I can cut it. Or get Hart and a few others and play hash hockey!! I don't know how it is played but I'll definitely need a helmet regardless. 🤣 Thanks man.
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