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How to make high-quality Ice O lator?

Ice-o-lator is a popular cannabis resin extraction technique, known for producing high-quality hash. It involves using ice and water to separate the trichomes from the plant, resulting in a pure and potent concentrate. Learning how to make ice-o-lator not only enhances your skills in making quality hash or CBD hash, but also allows you to enjoy a cleaner and tastier product.

Benefits of ice-o-lator

Some of the advantages of making ice-o-lator include the following:

  • High purity: by using water and ice, the use of chemical solvents that can leave residues is avoided.
  • Better taste: due to the absence of chemical contaminants that preserves the natural terpenes, improving the final taste of the product.
  • Superior potency: ice-o-lator allows for the collection of a higher quantity of trichomes, thus increasing the potency of the hash.

Materials needed to make ice-o-lator

Before you start making your own ice-o-lator, it is important to have all the necessary materials on hand.

  • Plastic container: like tupperware or bags for mixing and shaking the marijuana with water and ice.
  • Marijuana trimmings: using the leftover leaves and small flowers after harvest.
  • Distilled water (15L): to avoid introducing impurities that could affect the final product’s quality.
  • Bag of ice: keeps the mixture cold enough for the trichomes to separate effectively.
  • Water thermometer: the mixture should reach an optimal temperature (2-4°C) for the best results.
  • Wooden spoon: use this to mix without damaging the trichomes.
  • 2 plastic buckets
  • Bags and extraction meshes: they come in different microns to separate the trichomes by size.
  • Metal spoon.
  • Cardboard to absorb the collected resin. Absorbs excess moisture.
  • Sieve: to remove any large unwanted pieces in the initial process.

These materials are essential to ensure a clean and efficient process, allowing you to extract the maximum potential from your marijuana trimmings.

Steps to make ice-o-lator at home

Dry and freeze the marijuana trimmings

The first step to making ice-o-lator is to ensure that the marijuana trimmings are completely dry. This is crucial, as any residual moisture can negatively affect the extraction process. Once dry, place the trimmings in bags or an airtight container and freeze them for at least 24 hours. This step helps the trichomes separate more easily during extraction.

Mix the frozen marijuana with water and ice

After freezing the marijuana, fill the buckets with cold water and add ice until reaching a temperature between 2°C and 4°C. Add the frozen marijuana and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon for about 15-20 minutes.

The goal is to dislodge the trichomes from the flowers. You can also use a Secret Smoke Washing Machine, available for purchase in our grow shop. Then, use extraction bags (also called meshes) to filter the mixture. Start with the larger ones and progressively reduce the filter size.

Collect the resin from each bag, dry it on cardboard

Once the mixture is filtered, you can obtain different qualities of CBD resin trapped in each bag. With a metal spoon, carefully collect the resin starting from the yellow bag (lower quality) and ending with the black bag (higher quality).

Place each separate batch on a piece of cardboard to absorb excess moisture. Let it dry for a few hours before moving them to a dry and ventilated place where they can dry completely for about a week.

This process not only ensures that you get a good amount of ice-o-lator but also different qualities depending on the filter size used.

Common mistakes when making ice-o-lator and how to avoid them

Some common mistakes in these cases are the following:

Leaving the weed in the water too long

This can break down the trichomes and reduce the quality of the final product. To avoid this, keep the soaking times within the recommended range, generally between 15 and 30 minutes.

Using a blender to mix

Blenders can destroy the trichomes instead of gently separating them. Therefore, use a wooden spoon to mix the marijuana, ice, and water.

Using tap water

Tap water can contain impurities that affect the purity and taste of the ice-o-lator. Therefore, always use distilled or purified water to avoid contaminating the product.

Not freezing the marijuana before the process

Unfrozen marijuana can make it difficult to separate the trichomes, so make sure to freeze the marijuana trimmings for at least 24 hours before starting the process.

Squeezing the bags to speed up drainage

This can cause impurities to pass through the meshes, contaminating the collected resin. Therefore, simply allow the water to drain naturally without pressing the bags.

Pressing the resin before it is completely dry

Wet resin can develop mold if pressed before it is properly dried. Therefore, let the resin dry in a dry and ventilated place for at least a week before pressing it.

How to avoid these mistakes

To avoid these types of mistakes, follow these tips:

  • Keep track of times: use timers to ensure you do not exceed the recommended times at each stage.
  • Manual methods: use gentle manual tools like wooden spoons to avoid damaging the trichomes.
  • Use pure materials: make sure to freeze the trimmings correctly.
  • Do not force the process: let everything flow naturally, especially during drainage and drying.

In short, if you follow the steps as outlined, you will achieve a high-quality resin extraction, as the quality of the Ice O Lator will also depend greatly on the quality of the weed.

FAQ´s about Ice O Lator

How is Ice O Lator made?

To make this type of extraction, simply put ice and cold water in a bucket, or use an extraction washing machine. In another bucket, place the different meshes. Simply place the plant material in the bucket with ice and stir. Then pour into the bucket with the meshes.

How to dry and cure Ice O Lator?

To dry it, let the resin pass through the sieve, so that it falls onto a plate. Leave it for a week in a dry and ventilated place, ensuring optimal drying without mold problems.

How to press Ice O Lator?

To press Ice O Lator, you can use a rolling pin with the hash placed in parchment paper or hash presses. If heat is applied, it will knead much more easily and be uniform.
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Erik Collado

Con más de 10 años de experiencia en la industria del cannabis, sus experiencias y aprendizaje son la base del éxito de GB The Green Brand.

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