4 Pro Tips for Making Phenomenal Bubble Hash
Full-melt bubble hash is making a huge resurgence as the connoisseur’s concentrate of choice. Its process produces purer trichomes and more potent yields than other concentrates, using only ice and water.
Not only does bubble hash pack a punch with each hit, but it also provides purity that some other concentrates (think mid shelf BHO) tend to lack. That’s why everyone from the pros to regular folks uses these tips to create high-quality hash and rosin hash.
Before you begin making your next batch of bubble hash, make sure you incorporate these four pro tips into your process.
Tip #1: Make Your Process Cold. Really Cold.
You don't really have bubble hash without cold water. Known also as cold water hash, bubble hash is made using ice and water, as we mentioned in a previous article. However, to make the best of the best hash, your entire process needs to be cold.
Ice cold water is really what separates the cannabinoids from your cannabis by freezing and snapping trichome stalks and heads off of buds and trim leaves. Since trichomes are not water soluble, they become mixed into the slurry of water and ice in the bubble hash washer. From there, after filtering, you can find the trichomes at the bottom of your filter bags after completely sinking to the bottom of the wash.
To achieve this outcome, chill your entire production by:
- Working in a cold or air conditioned room
- Using as much purified ice as possible (we’ll explain more on why you need purified water below)
- Insulating your bubble hash washer to maintain low temperatures.
In short, if it isn’t cold, get it cold. While you can forgo this step, remember that you are trading quality for ease of production. You have been warned.
Tip #2: Only Ultra Purified Water Will Do
Opting for tap water is suitable for restaurants, but not when making bubble hash. Depending on where you live, the quality of your water varies considerably, and you can never tell what is in there without expensive tests. The two main elements purified water removes that tap might not are chlorine and fluoride. If you do make bubble hash with tap water, you might end up with a mild but discernible chlorine taste in your product, as some users have encountered.
Purified water can even be used as a guide for the whole process. In short, always use clean tools and products. By using ultra filtered water and other hash-specific products, you ensure the best chances that your bubble hash won’t be disturbed by outside elements.
Tip #3: Quality In = Quality Out!
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As the famous one-hit wonder taught us, “you only get what you give.” If you use low-quality flower buds or trim, you’re going to end up with less than stellar yields.
When sourcing flower from your bubble hash and hash rosin, use terpene-rich, resinous strains. The same can be said for your flower’s freshness before washing. Even with the right quality, an less-than-fresh flower can often result in an off-brown or tan bubble hash.
That all being said, you can use lower quality trim and still produce bubble hash. In fact, beginners may benefit from a low-risk test run using a lower-quality product. However, when you want to make the real deal, you’ll have to use the top-flight strains.
Tip #4: Use a Freeze Dryer to Increase Clarity & Speed Drying
"Freeze dryers are a game changer,” explains Manny, CEO of the award winning hash and rosin purveyors The Proper Extracts and Fox Cannabis. “You can decrease dry time and processing from days to hours, while preserving the peak trichome and terpene profile of the hash."
Manny and other bubble hash proponents are behind the freeze dryer movement. It’s no surprise either as the alternative method, air drying, presents many problems for producers that lack an expert touch. Getting a freeze dryer reduces drying times from a five to seven-day wait to around 24 hours. Furthermore, the clarity in freeze-dried bubble hash is noticeable compared to air dried.
It’s no wonder that Manny and other professional labs have made the switch. For the best possible bubble hash, freeze drying is the way to go. If you’re ready to produce the best products, check out our excellent freeze dryer options and other hash making products today.