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We always want our items, especially the products we take in, to be fresh and new since we all know the fresh is better, such as fresh fruits, fresh meat, fresh bread. Just anything fresh is totally perfect. So it would make sense that fresh buds will beautifully make better rosin, right? You might be surprised, but the answer is “no,” it is definitely a common misconception and not just the way it works.
If you want to learn more about fresh buds, rosins, and rosin press, then read on!
What is rosin, and what is a rosin press
The term rosin came from describing the method used in making a product used to create friction with violin bows. In the cannabis world, rosin particularly refers to the process of utilizing both heat and pressure combined to almost instantaneously squeeze out resinous sap from your primary material.
Rosin can be basically made of marijuana buds or flowers, hash, or kief and converted into a fully melted hash oil. Rosin comes out as a sappy, glass, and shatter-like, translucent item that can be taken in or consumed as rosin dabs. If made correctly, rosin may be able to contend against the potency, flavor, aroma, and yield of various solvent-based extraction products.
Pressing rosin from a fresh bud: Not a very good idea
Can you rosin press fresh bud? The straightforward answer to that is, yes, you can, kind of. However, we generally would not recommend it. Experts suggest using cured and dried bud for best results or turning it into a fresh frozen bubble hash before pressing.
Many rosin producers always prefer starting with a dry sift, and when it comes to extracting rosin from a bud or flower, it needs to have a relative humidity between 55% to 62%. Fresh buds tend to have high humidity levels, therefore containing too much water. Too much water will result in a very messy pressing making it impossible to achieve a neat product. A watery product also results in a bad odor when you dab it, and it will also produce a fresh chlorophyll flavor that you would not like.
How rosin works
To successfully produce rosin, you will need basic components such as heat, pressure, and time. The technique when it comes to rosin production depends on the equilibrium or balance between the three components so that you will be able to create a great product with superior flavors and effects.
In rosin extraction, the maker must effectively control the heat to preserve terpenes and cannabinoids. It is best to avoid very high temperatures since this can rapidly degrade and eventually lose these molecules, resulting in a bad product. That is why producing rosin at the very least, but a hot temperature is very important.
And to decrease the temperature, pressure must be increased. High pressure has the ability to result in a final product with very little compromise to the original terpene profile of the plant. To effectively produce rosin, the makers should provide enough pressure that can lower heat to achieve very minimal degradation.
Rosin press tips for better concentrates
Quality starting materials
In every production and even in cooking, materials and ingredient really do matter! Make sure that you use only high-grade cannabis to make your rosin. Besides the quality of the material itself, you will also need to consider the freshness, moisture, and humidity of your bud. You may use dried, cured, or frozen buds, but fresh buds are not generally recommended. If you want to use fresh buds, make sure to freeze them immediately after harvesting, this will preserve the cannabinoid and terpene content without having too much moisture and humidity.
Time and Temperature
Time and temperature are the most critical factors when it comes to producing good rosin. It is important that you set the correct pressing time and temperature depending on your machine or method. Getting into the perfect settings might take some practice and a bit of experimentation, and always remember to understand how these two factors can greatly affect your rosin’s quality.
Similar to time and temperature, correct pressure setting is very important as well. A too low force will not be enough to press out oils, but too much should also be avoided since it can result in blowouts. Too much pressure will lead to the leaching of plant materials into the concentrate, and we would not want that.
Use of micron filter bags
The filtering process also plays a significant role in the quality of your rosin being produced. A smaller micron rating of your filter bag will generally produce rosin of higher quality. Finer microns will only allow resin packed trichome heads to pass through, filtering the large and low-grade particles out.
Cooling off or stabilizing your rosin will maximize the longevity of your concentrate. You can effectively stabilize your rosin with the use of cold or very low temperatures. You can freeze your rosin for a short period of time, a matter of seconds, to stabilize it. It is important to stabilize rosin as it is composed of volatile oils that may degrade quickly if not stabilized.
Rosin has become popular because it is a solventless process and does not require the use of other foreign substances. This uses heat and pressure and will not require any additional or extensive cleaning, so you’ll be able to get your product in barely just a few minutes. Users love this product since you can essentially get shatter without worrying about any solvents and other chemicals.