Coffee filter to strain cannabutter?

Discussion in 'Cooking With Cannabis' started by atombomb, Dec 29, 2008.


    atombomb Well-Known Member

    Just like it says folks, can you use a coffee filter to strain the leaf out of cannabutter? Rather than cheesecloth, which you would think would be easy to find but.....Nope No one has it

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    I think you can find cheese cloth at just about any popular grocery store, in the same isle where they keep their pots, pans, spatulas.

    I would not consider a coffee filter a suitable alternative... The fatty butter is not going to go through a coffee filter very well.

    atombomb Well-Known Member

    I have also heard cooking times from 45 minutes to 22 to 24 hours how long should I cook it for, Its been on 3 hours already, just wondering when all the THC or as much as possible will be absorbed by the butter?

    Jester88 Well-Known Member

    use a stocking dude
    i mean its not hars to find something to act as a filter. you want something that will catch the leaf and trim or whatever and allow the goodness thrue id expect. for this a stocking should be fine
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    diemdepyro Well-Known Member

    I use one of the reusable filters. Works great.

    Jester88 Well-Known Member

    also a slow simmer on low overnite seems to do pretty damn well.

    you want to give it plenty of time to extract the thc out (your doing the opposite of a cold hash extraction really an doin a hot extraction.)

    s the longer you can do it the without burning it the better 12-24 hours too much more is just a joke

    diemdepyro Well-Known Member

    I have found 6 hours good. Very low just below any boiling.

    Jester88 Well-Known Member

    yeah but i like twelve or a few more works the best.
    you dont want to ggo for too long tho its a wast of time and you can overcook the shit

    SOorganic Well-Known Member

    The batch i did i let go for 48 hours. The stuff is so strong its not even a weed high any more, its a bit like the mental trip when ur on shrooms.

    atombomb Well-Known Member

    Well I went 4 hours hopefully that was enough. Havent tried the cookies yet, will be doing that later when I have nothing else to do.

    Ta2d1031 New Member

    Does coffer filter absorb the goodness in the oil ? Does it weaken it ? Just filtered coconut oil.

    GreatwhiteNorth Global Moderator Staff Member

    Like said cheese cloth is carried in even the smallest mom&pop stores - possibly check the canning section?

    And I use one of these to process the butter - beats the heck outta burning the crap out of your hands squeezing the butter outta the cloth.

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    Joint Monster Well-Known Member

    OP, Panty-Hose ...and I'm pretty sure you can get unbleached, organic or cotton panty-hose.

    @GreatwhiteNorth I need one of those, I always kill myself squeezing that last drop out. What's that called? lol
    (And I always wondered if that comes in a larger version?)
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    GreatwhiteNorth Global Moderator Staff Member

    It's called a potato ricer & they do make larger ones as well.

    b1rd2 New Member

    My choice by far. Especially handy if you're doing more than just an once or two.

    The bags handle pretty high temps, and they can close at the top. This allows you to shake the flower around a bit, which helps strain it. You can also hang it to allow gravity to help. If interested, a set of (2) is $4.99 on Amazon.

    I also use heat resistant gloves for the heat. The ones below ran me $16.77, but well worth it, but really any barrier should work. This allows me to easily handle the hot goo.

    I like to filter the oil or butter while still hot, as it's less viscous and strains better, and the gloves work perfect. I do allow the oils to cool a bit though, as I don't want to melt the bag.

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    Beachwalker Well-Known Member

    I put a plate down, put the hot cheese cloth bag twisted clo on the plate, put the bottom of another plate on top of the cheese cloth bag, push it once, drain the plate, push top plate again, drain again etc., then toss it out

    No burns, no mess, no problem

    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    No need for coffee filter. While still hot, I first use a french press to get most of the oil off then an vintage orange juicer.


    Fogdog Well-Known Member

    Edit to the above post: I also use cheesecloth to hold the leaf in the press while squeezing out the remaining liquid.

    Since I started using a press, I don't even boil the leaf in a mixture of oil in water. I put the decarbed leaf in a jar and add melted coconut oil (1 lb oil to 1 ounce of dry weed). I seal the jar and heat it in a water bath at 190F for 2 hours, although you could just heat it to boiling if you want. The jar must be a canning type jar that relieves pressure while heating. I then use a french coffee press to squeeze out most of the oil and then place the remaining leaf in a double layer of cheese-cloth. Fold loose ends over over the top and place the bundle in the juice press.

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