Polishing a turd with DE and Charcoal

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I was never happy with the filtration rate or efficiency on my old ceramic Buchner funnel so I bagged a porous glass one:


To take that to the next level and to make cleaning easier, I grabbed some Celite 545 (refined diatomaceous earth). You slurry it up in liquid and pour it in and run the pump and it settles into a cake that acts as a filter. I'd played with it just to get a feel for it but while harvesting yesterday I was soaking my scissors in 190 proof and periodically washing the resin off my glove fingertips. That eventually became this:

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This got too gross to clean up with so periodically running it through the funnel got this:

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Really good clarity and gets pulled through the funnel in just a few seconds. Looking at the color I kind of assume that this is going to taste like ass so why not try out some charcoal?

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Tossed teaspoon full of charcoal into the filtrate and spun it up on the string plate. After a minute I ran it through the filter again (used the same filter cake the entire time) and got this:

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I'll rotovap this down later today. Curious to see how much ended up in there. It should be mostly resin so I'm not sure anything will come out in winterization. I'll run TLC on it for shits and giggles too.

In retrospect, I should have saved some of the pre-charcoal filtrate to do a taste comparison but I suspect there will be plenty of opportunities to unfuck second QWET washes.

-Eskander
 
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Evaporated down into some decent looking oil actually that tasted relatively clean. Yield was 1.2g of THC so nothing to write home about but it is slightly funny to get that from just a scissor washing bath.

-Eskander
 
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Evaporated down into some decent looking oil actually that tasted relatively clean. Yield was 1.2g of THC so nothing to write home about but it is slightly funny to get that from just a scissor washing bath.

-Eskander
My buddy said you can recycle roaches into clear. I would assume charcoal and some strong acid. But imagine turning a bag of roaches into a clear thc gel in a home lab. The clear he made was always good.
 
Eskander

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My buddy said you can recycle roaches into clear. I would assume charcoal and some strong acid. But imagine turning a bag of roaches into a clear thc gel in a home lab. The clear he made was always good.
So this article does more or less that. Clean extract from a fucking ashtray lol...


Skip down to the bottom on the section labeled "Alcohol/Hexane wash" and read through "Hexane/Saline water wash" as well. I do wonder if it would work just as well with something like refined coconut oil so you wouldn't have to purge it afterwards. Obviously the extract oil would be too thick without being thinned down in something but the basic polar/non-polar interaction should work more or less the same. Might give it a run both ways if I have some terrible output to try and salvage.

-Eskander
 
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So this article does more or less that. Clean extract from a fucking ashtray lol...


Skip down to the bottom on the section labeled "Alcohol/Hexane wash" and read through "Hexane/Saline water wash" as well. I do wonder if it would work just as well with something like refined coconut oil so you wouldn't have to purge it afterwards. Obviously the extract oil would be too thick without being thinned down in something but the basic polar/non-polar interaction should work more or less the same. Might give it a run both ways if I have some terrible output to try and salvage.

-Eskander
Yeah we never used any Hexane. It was always a quick BHO and then purge. Distill. And then recombine. And the recycling projects tended to create more waste than it was worth. But that guy seems to have a decent system. I personally don't do a lot of lab time. Not for me. I just like recycling. I mean some of my buddies shovel up the trichomes that come off the racks and toss it in the garbage by the pound. It kills me not running it for shatter at least. But it's just so much time and effort to run batches. It's just easier to run premium flowers. It's crazy.
 

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