How to Achieve Full Control of the Rosin Extraction Process
Whether you’re making a birdhouse, a holiday meal, or even your own rosin, you want to create a product that is of the highest quality. No matter if you are making it for yourself or others, making a sub-par product can be disheartening.
That can be especially true after you’ve spent money on supplies and worked hard trying to make rosin. Then when you’re getting ready to dab your rosin, you find out it isn’t good. That is frustrating.
If you are new to rosin extraction or are looking for ways to improve your end product, we can help.
What Is Rosin?
For those new to it, rosin is a type of extract. Unlike other extracts such as resin and shatter, the creation of rosin does not entail the use of solvents. Instead, rosin is produced using heat and pressure. Because there are no dangerous solvents involved, rosin production is much safer. That is why it is more common for people to make their own at home.
Making rosin is simple. You’ll need a rosin press, micron bags, parchment paper, and your source material. After packing and preparing your source material, use your press to heat and squish it. This causes the rosin to leak into the bag, which acts as a filter. What’s left is a potent product most commonly used through dabbing.
Why Is Rosin Popular?
There are many reasons people enjoy making and using rosin, including:
- It’s chemical-free as it does not require the use of solvents.
- It’s potent. Rosin’s potency rivals that of resin and other concentrates. It’s usually around 80 percent or higher when made right.
- It has a large number of terpenes. This makes it delicious and potent.
- It has many source material options. These include cannabis or hemp flowers, hash, or kief.
How to Achieve Full Control of Your Rosin Extraction Process
After making your first batch of rosin, you’ll want to learn how to improve your product quality. Or, perhaps you just aren’t sure why your rosin isn’t turning out quite as you imagined. These tips will help you take control and improve the quality of your rosin extract.
- Watch your humidity levels. Heat and steam play an essential role in creating rosin. It makes sense that the moisture in the plant and the area around it is important to produce quality rosin. Experts recommend a relative humidity between 55 percent and 62 percent. Anything lower is too dry, and anything higher is too wet.
- Too much pressure is not good. Many people think that the harder you press when making rosin, the more oil you will get. That is not the case, though. Using too much pressure can cause your bag to “blow out.” Contaminants that are usually strained out will leak into your extract. This contamination creates a sub-par product. The sweet spot when it comes to pressing rosin is to use 500 to 1,000 PSI.
- Find the perfect temperature. Temperature not only can affect the quality of your product but also the consistency you end up with. For example, shatter usually requires temperatures of about 220 degrees Fahrenheit. High temperatures can damage your flower. This is because higher temperatures cause the flower’s terpene profile to degrade. When this happens, you end up with a product that has lost some of its taste. A high temperature can also cause your rosin to darken. It’s better to start with a lower temperature and then increase it the next time you press rosin.
- Ensure the quality of the source material. If you are using flowers as the base for your rosin, starting with a quality bud is essential to make high-quality rosin. The extracted product can only be as good as the source. You will likely notice that the fresher the flower is when you press it, the clearer your rosin will be.
- Time is of the essence. When you bake a cake, you know that it will end up burnt and dry if you cook it too long. But cooking it the right amount of time will produce a moist, delicious cake. The same holds for rosin. The longer you press your material between the hot plates, the higher the chances of unwanted leakage or burning.
- Don’t reuse bags. If you use micron bags when pressing rosin, don’t reuse them when you are done. Though you may think you washed out the bag well enough, you will likely have residue left behind. This residue has an influence on the profile of the bud you use. This residue can even introduce extra contaminants. Using a new bag each time you press rosin can help improve your final product.
While it is still new on the scene, rosin is quickly becoming a popular extract, thanks to its potency. Rosin is also getting a boost from the fact that people can make it at home using their favorite product. But going at it on your own can also leave you with a product you aren’t happy with, especially in the first few times you make your own rosin. It can be disheartening and frustrating for you.
Follow our six tips to help you take control of your rosin pressing. Keep in mind that a lot goes into making the perfect extract, and it may take a few tries to get it just right. But once you’ve found the ideal temperature and the perfect amount of pressure to apply to your rosin press, you will be well on your way to making high-quality rosin.
Keep in mind that you will need to store your rosin after creating it. Not doing so can cause your perfect product to degrade. It is best kept in an air-tight jar. A glass container is highly recommended, while a silicone jar is best for short-term storage.