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Advice Needed For Medium/large Scale Extraction

Discussion in 'Concentrates & Processing' started by Goyo, Dec 2, 2017.

  1. Goyo

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    I’m an investor who has been meeting with prospective partners who are Northern California growers/ producers. The plan is to startup a wholesale extraction business to produce oil and clear distillates. I attended the MMJBizCon conference in November and have been studying cannabis processing equipment for several months but otherwise I’m a novice.

    I would like to get some feedback on our plan and get some equipment recommendations from someone who has experience extracting 50-100# or more of trim per day. My prospective partners are recommending an ethanol based system for extraction and a chromatography machine for distillates and isolates.

    If there is someone on the forum who would be willing to chat with me about this, I would greatly appreciate it.

    Thanks
     
  2. im in the extraction game here in sacramento california and i currently operate a systems that does 4 pounds per using a supercritical co2 extractor. but i've been in the extraction business for almost a decade and hav worked with many different technologies and system size. i would be happy to answer any questions u hav
     
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  3. For those quantities, I would suggest a subzero (>-50C) ethanol process. For comparing the different purification processes and equipment, I suggest talking to joeoakes@oregonmedicalgrowers.com.
     
  4. Goyo

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    Thanks Graywolf, I will reach out to Joe.

    Progeny, I will send you a private msg.
     
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  5. Dunge

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    Please keep the conversation going here.
    I like the idea of ethanol extraction as the purging of small amounts of residual solvent is probably not as great a concern as more toxic substances.
    But -50C is challenging, even in Fairbanks.
     
  6. at that scale there are a ton of things u can do lik combining co2 and ethanol. co2 expanded ethanol or using ethanol as a cosolvent for supercritical co2 system. how u will be doin postproccesing is more important in this context then how the initial extraction was done.
     
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  7. -50C typically uses dry ice or LN2.
     
  8. akFire

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    I just purchased an Ethos 4 from Capna Fabrications. It processes 6.5lbs every 30min, it was pretty amazing so I had to fly down to LA from AK to check it out in person. They had their Ethos 6 at the MJbiz. They are on to something my friend.
     
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  9. akFire

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    That or if you want CO2, the guys at Azoth Solutions have you take care of. They can process 100lbs every couple hours in their big LA125.
     
  10. I would love to hear more about how the Ethos4 has been working for you.

    I am also looking at investing in an extraction lab and would love some information from those who have employed this set up and the lab experience overall.

    Thank you.
     
  11. ammon

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    Hey AK - Any word on the Ethos 4 you can share? Have you been happy with the system?
     
  12. Haygood

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    How is the Ethos -4 system working for you?