There are many different kinds of cannabis extracts, and many different methods to make them. Shatter, is one of those. This is a step by step guide to making your own shatter at home.
We must warn you before hand, you will be working with highly flammable solvents here. You should work in a well ventilated area, and there should be no sparks, or naked flame used anywhere near your work space.
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What You Need to Make Shatter
First off, you need to make sure you have all of the ingredients you need. The whole process will be done quickly, and once started, you shouldn’t stop. So make sure you have everything, there will be no time to collect it once you have begun.
- Butane (Ultra Refined)
- Isopropyl Alcohol.
- A BHO Extractor
- Coffee Filters
- Pyrex Measuring Jug
- Flat Bottomed Pyrex Dish
- Cable Ties
- Trim and Popcorn Buds
Of course, you can use trim, popcorn buds, or good flowers to make shatter. The higher quality plant matter you use, the better the yield and overall quality of the shatter will be. You will need enough, to pack your BHO extractor full of plant material.
You can purchase a BHO extractor tube online. This is the easiest method. Alternatively, you can make your own tube. All you need is a 200mm x 30mm Test tube. You will need to drill a small hole in the bottom, but it will do the job.
It is recommended that you do use a tube that is built for the task though. The glass is stronger, and will have less chance of breaking in your hand. They can also be reused. So if you like shatter, and think you may make more of it in the future but a proper tube, you won’t regret it.
Now you have everything, it is time to start the process. The idea is, to use the BHO to dissolve the cannabinoids from the plant material in the tube. The BHO will pass through a coffee filter, leaving the plant material behind, ad only taking resions, terpenes and cannabinoids from the plants.
Step 1: Pack the Tube Full of Cannabis
The tube specified above, will hold around 28 grams of plant material. Buds, tip leaves, popcorns buds. Fill it to the top, and pack it tightly.
It is a good idea to grind all of the plant material up into finer pieces, so the Butane can get to more Cannabinoids to dissolve them. This will increase your final yield of shatter.
When the tube is fully packed, you will need to take a coffee filter, and place it around the top of the tube.
Take the filter, and wrap it around the BHO extractor tube, then use a cable tie, to secure the filter to the tube. Apply the cable tie tightly, to ensure the filter doesn’t fall off during extraction. Once in place, trim off any excess around the edge of the filter.
After this is all done, you are set to go. Now you have to push the butane through the cannabis. This will obviously let a lot of butane into the air. Butane is highly flammable, and should not be inhaled. Do the next few steps in a well ventilated area, and away from flames and sparks! Take no risks, be very careful during this part of the process.
Step 2: Use Butane to Extract Oils
The process now is to spray a whole can of butane through the hole in the bottom of the tube. The butane will then run through the plant material until it runs out of the filter at the bottom. It will bring with it, all of the dissolve cannabinoids.
Make sure this step is done whilst holding the coffee filter end of the tube, over your pyrex jug. This will catch the BHO as it exits the tube.
You can repeat this process, filling up the tube again and using more butane to extract more BHO. When you have run out of cannabis, you should have a jug with a golden butane mix. You can pour this golden liquid through two coffee filters placed one inside the other to filter out any bits that got through. Just to ensure it is high quality and free from contaminants.
Step 3: Evaporating the Butane
Take the jug of filtered butane and place it in a shallow bath of warm water. This will increase the temperature of the solution a little and help the butane evaporate. Again, be sure to do this in a well ventilated area, with no flames or sparks nearby.
You will see the mix bubbling for a while. When the bubbles slow down, and become bigger, it means most of the butane has evaporated. At this point, you should add half a jug of the Isopropyl alcohol and stir well, until all your oil has dissolved.
Once mixed well, you will need to let the mix settle for a few hours. Place the jug, into the freezer. A few hours will be fine, some some growers like to leave their mix over night.
Step 4: Evaporating the ISO
When you remove the mix from the freezer, you should notice it is a lot more cloudy then when you put it in there. This is fats, waxes, and other contaminants you will want to remove from your shatter.
To do this, place 2 coffee filters over a glass, and pour the solution into it slowly. This may take a while, so whilst you’re waiting for the mix to filter, prepare a pot of water on an electric stove. Set the temperature to around 70c, and place a your flat pyrex dish on top of the pot. The water evaporating underneath will provide a safe level of heat to the pyrex bowl. This will help the ISO evaporate faster.
Once your solution is filtered, pour around 50ml onto the pyrex dish and leave for about half an hour to evaporate. Remember you need the area to be well ventilated. This will get smelly, open windows and doors, or use and extractor to vent the air outside. And of course, no sparks or naked flames.
After half an hour, the ISO should have evaporated. You will be able to tell again by the bubbles. If there is many small bubbles, it needs more time to evaporate. If the bubbles are bigger, and don’t come often, then you’re good to move on to the next step.
Step 5: Collecting the BHO from the Dish
Spread the oil evenly around the dish. Keep the heat on whilst doing this, as it will keep the oil viscous. Keeping mixing and a spreading the oil out thin. After a while, it will start to become hard to work with. Keep lifting what your stirring with, out of the mix. You will see the oil stretch as it becomes more sticky. When the strands left behind after stretching, are snapping after being cooled for a few seconds, you are done.
This is what you will be left with, a very sticky substance around the base of the tray. All you have to do now is collect it from the bottom. The easiest way to do this, is by scraping it up with a razor blade.
Let the mix sit for half an hour at room temperature and you will have your very own, home made shatter! You can melt all of it into one big piece of glass. Hold it up to the light and you can all see properly how amber it is.
Final Thoughts on Shatter
As a percy gorewer, you will be able to experiment and dabble in making extracts. It is a great way to make use of sugar leaf and popcorn buds after your harvest. You can also use your trim to make other extracts like dry ice hash, or RSO.
Reduce wastage, and keep trim in a freezer until you have enough to make some extracts. Alternatively, you can use buds for a better quality, higher yielding Shatter.
I hope this guide is helpful to you. Please comment Below and let us know what you think, are you going to try making some of your own shatter? Take some pics of your final product and show it off in the forum.
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