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make ice hash for less than $5

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself' started by mogie, Mar 23, 2007.


    mogie Well-Known Member

    Contributed by: Kunta wears a sarong

    Cost? - if the ice cubes are free then it should not cost any more than a few bucks for the small scrap of mesh needed to separate the water and resin heads from the vegetative matter, I told you it was low cost!

    You will need:

    Electric mixer (or 2 x tireless arms)
    Refrigerator (or if you are in the bush, substitute the refrigerator with a bucket of take-away ice and water)
    Ice cubes
    Glass bowl
    Soup ladle

    3 or 4 tissues
    Blow dryer (or let naturally dry)

    A piece of polyester monofilament fibre mesh - 30 cm x 30 cm, (1 ft x 1 ft), 100 lines per inch mesh or " 100 mesh " (approx. 155 micron size), available from all screen printing/art shop supplies and from online ....

    Don't use pantyhose material or silk scarves because the hole openings may not be the right (consistent) size to allow all the resin heads to fall through and keep most of the vegetative matter out ....the correct screen mesh with monofilament fibre strands is the most important aspect of any ice hash collection method - get the correct mesh, a small piece will last for years.

    Wet or dry leaves, manicuring trim and/or lower fluffy "pop corn buds" ...at least two handfuls

    How to make it:

    Place the fresh or dry herbs in a sealed plastic bag in the freezer for at least an hour.

    Put equal amounts of freezing cold water, ice cubes and herb (Put herbs in last)into an electric mixer, blend on low speed for 2 - 3 mins
    Use a medium sized glass or plastic jar with a screw on lid and manually shake vigorously for several minutes.

    (Note: "disappointing green slop" instead of "tan coloured wet sand" can occur with too much mixing and poor starting material)

    Slowly pour the green liquid through the mesh screen into the glass bowl, the vegetative matter is caught on the mesh as the resin loaded water passes through the small mesh holes.

    Put the glass bowl into the freezer section for about 45 minutes, tapping the bowl occasionally to allow the frozen resin heads to fall and collect on the bottom of the glass bowl as they are heavier than the leaf matter that floats to the top.

    Very carefully ladle or siphon out, 95% of the liquid from the bowl, take care not to muddy up the water otherwise you'll get more contaminates in there ....then slowly teaspoon out the last water and use a tissue to suck up the remaining moisture.

    Blow dry the remaining moist ice hash on medium for a few minutes , then collect it all together into a lump with your index finger. Or place the bowl in a warm place for a day to let the resin dry out.

    The remaining sticky "grit" is mostly pure resin - Ice hashish!

    Please note:
    The results may vary with longer or shorter mixing times, slow or fast mixing speeds, using hand shaking, drills or electric mixers, wet or dry material, letting it sit longer or shorter, by using another smaller sized mesh to separate the resin from the water etc - read and experiment, this is just a very low cost method of ice hash extraction, there are many methods.

    You can also repeat the whole process with fresh ice cubes to get a little extra ice hash as well.

    With all things being equal ...this method will get you same amount of "ice hash" as any other more expensive ice hash extraction methods and "kits"

    ....the only thing different is that all the ice hash extracted will end up as a single grade lump ...not in 3 different grades like the bag kits ....I can live with that! especially that this method can be done with small amounts of harvest "trim" to start with which is ideal for the average small grower who gets only a shoe-box or two full of trim for each year.

    This might be a good method for those who want to try out ice hash extraction before splashing out and buying a set of professionally made ice extraction bags.

    Recently AF flat screened a small amount of high quality trim and got a small amount of lovely sticky resin that pressed into "hash" very easily and set that aside. AF further "worked" the remaining trim over and over the screen until there seemed to be no more resin passing through, just more broken up vegetative matter and worked that powder into a ball with a bit of spit and thumb pressure in AF's palm. The remaining trim was "shaken, not stirred" in the above ice method and returned a small amount of pure light coloured, sticky ice hash - definitely worthwhile!

    it's nice with ice!

    Blazin24/7 Well-Known Member

    I love cheap, I have been so sick latley that I have money like I use to. So this Thread was perfect for me......Thx +rep. given to Mogie......:mrgreen: :mrgreen:

    Kushiekushness Active Member

    Awesome, I was looking for nice, easy... -CHEAP- way to make up some hash. Thank you very much for the help! :joint:
    Florida Girl

    Florida Girl Well-Known Member

    Quick question.... how important is it that the bowl be GLASS? I would probably want to use my kitchen aid mixer which has an aluminum bowl. Would that be ok or would it be better to skip the kitchen aid and use a hand held mixer in a glass bowl?

    darknezz Well-Known Member

    thats cool, been wanting to pick up some screen for awhile now, I plan to actually copy bubble bags and use a 5 gal bucket.

    and to florida girl, its not the bowl you mix in that needs to be glass, you take that metal or whatever bowl you mixed in and pour it through the screen over another glass bowl. Using glass or ceramic to collect the hash would be easier to collect the hash than others I assume.
    Florida Girl likes this.

    RadioKills Well-Known Member

    I would assume the glass bowl is needed because it does not conduct heat, or in this case it doesn't conduct 'Cold", this would affect the hash by freezing it rather than chilling.

    I bet there's a better or different explanation, I'm merely making this up lol.
    Florida Girl

    Florida Girl Well-Known Member

    Excellent! Thanks for the info :)

    fdd2blk Well-Known Member

    $5 or less?

    a refrigerator
    an electric mixer
    glass bowl
    soup ladle
    3 or 4 tissues
    a blow dryer
    polyester monofilament fiber

    where in the hell do you get all that for $5?? maybe the teaspoon the soup ladle and 4 tissues. but that's it.
    Florida Girl

    Florida Girl Well-Known Member

    ROFL... well I guess the poster assumed that unless you are living in a cardboard box on the side of the road you probably already have a fridge, bowl, mixer, spoon, tissues and blow dryer.

    Personally I don't know one female who doesn't have everything on that list except for the monofilament fiber.... but I've heard you can use one of those reusable coffee filters.... yep... I already got one of those too :mrgreen:

    darknezz Well-Known Member

    lol, yea most people should have all that. but I thought that screen was kinda expensive, eh.

    sscr250 Active Member

    for the screen i use a coffee/tee screen that i got at wall mart for like 2 bucks its metal, durable and perfect size to not let veg/matter through .....i get great results with this method but i use 5 gal buckets(new ones)

    Joesmoma Active Member

    I also use a metal coffee strainer (stole it from an old coffee maker i never use) Works great for a final strain.

    Use a bigger metal strainer first to get the bigger parts of plant matter out. The kind with a screen door size mesh in the kitchen section mmm i think there for sifting flower.

    Inthesmoke Well-Known Member

    Thanks for the idea...Just finished up my first btach and its really good. I actually ended up straining it through cheesecloth the same method is used for strainig hash butter so it worked out well.

    bueeeeee Member

    ok got everything down first time makin
    so i need the polly 100 mesh or 155 mocronsize to seprate the resin.any other mesh i can use for seprating the resin water from the mulch or is that it.and ppl saing instead of spooning out the water and letting it set u can pour the resin water trough a cofee filter or cheese cloth so seprate the water and the hASH WILL BE LEFT IN THE CLOTH..AM I RUGHT OR WAY OFF.

    bueeeeee Member

    ok forgot sum stuff this is my plan sumone tell me if it will work and what is right ior wrng plz.i take my herb freese it for a hour use same amounts of each of course herb goes last.then stir the slushy materia for a few mins then pour the water trough the first screen{poly mesh 100/155 moicron,or anything u can tell me that work too}into a glass or steel bowl that will be chilled i was thinking of keeping the mulch in the 5 gallon bucket add mor ice stir again and pour the rest of the water trough the screen into the bowl,leaving the mulch on top of the screen this time to drip the rest out.take the first screen off or leave it i dunno if a second screening would be better or not.then pour the resin water from the bowl either cack trough the screen or just by itself into eiter a cheesecloth of a reuseable cofee filter someone tell me whats best.then whats in the filter is hash.if can anyone tell me if i got it right or where i am wrong and whats the best first and second screen to useplz it would be really nice to get it right thX.

    ieatglue88 Well-Known Member

    well the average person already has most of these items and doesnt need to go out and buy a refrigerator

    RichED Well-Known Member

    i have been doing that with my cure jars for a while now i throw coins bolts nuts in jar with ice to nock everything loose

    a quick fix

    Dr.Nick Active Member

    Kitchen Aid stand mixers all have Stainless bowls unless they've really cheapened up their product lately.

    Fazz Well-Known Member

    nice one .

    brownbearclan Active Member

    There's always the method of making ISO hash too that's very inexpensive, saw this on Youtube the other day: VIDEO

    Basically you just take a mason jar, throw in your trimming with some 91% or higher Isopropal Alcohol (rubbing alcohol) and shake it up for a few minutes, pour it out through a fine metal screen then dry it out and scrape up the hash.

    Personally I've never tried either of these methods but I'm sure both work rather well and I think I'd prefer to use just this ice and water method if it works as well. =)

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