How to make bubble hash, Abby StyleDuring my Australian adventure I had the opportunity to learn the fine art of bubble hash making from the Duckman himself. Wally's no stranger to hash making, having joined Gypsy and Bubbleman in Jamaica for a hash making extravaganza featured in ICMAG magazine. This photo pictorial below features the Wallyduck method of bubble hash making, using 20 gallon bubbleman bubble bags. So pull up a chair, grab a snack or a smoke, and enjoy the show!
You'll need the following items for a successful Bubble Run:
Buckets (two or three buckets, two matched to the bag size)
Frozen Trim and/or Buds
Ice and Cold Water
Straining Sheet (Comes with Bubble Bags)
Kitchen Towel (cloth preferred)
Spoons (two large ones)
The bubble hash process basically uses cold temperatures and friction to seperate the trichomes from the plant material. Being heavier than water, the trichomes sink to the bottom, becoming trapped in the different sized bags. Each bag uses a different sized filter screen, ranging from 25 to 220 microns. The larger micron filters are used to trap contaminants, while the smaller micron bags hold the trichome treasure that you seek. Whether you use fresh trim or dried is a matter of taste, however, what is important is that the plant material is frozen before-hand. It is recommended that you spray some water on the trim before freezing, having ice crystals in the bags will help seperate the trichomes easier.
Using one bucket, insert the bubble bags starting with the smallest bag first (25) and working your way to the largest (220), making sure to smooth out the inside of each bag as it fits inside the other. Wally uses all but one of the bags in the 7 bag set, choosing to set aside the 160 micron filter. The useable hash is really taken from the 120 bag on down, so which bags you use is strictly your choice... do you want to lump it all together or create different grades?
After the bags are inserted into the bucket, fill the bottom of the bucket with ice. How much you put in depends upon how much material you have to bubble, but I use the thirds system, 1/3 ice, 1/3 trim/buds, 1/3 cold water. After you have filled the bucket 1/3 of the way with a good layer of ice, it's time to add the frozen trim and buds.
Remove any stalks or branches that may still be attached, and break up the material with your hands, crumbling it into the buckets. Again, how much you use it up to you, but try not to overdo it, as the material needs to drain properly... less is more!
After you have added the trim, it's time to put a final layer of ice on top and then fill with cold water. The object is to just cover the plant material with water and ice, as the picture below shows:
Let the mixture soak for 20 minutes. Have a smoke, eat some ice cream, take a break... the hard part is about to come!
This is the physical side of the process, mixing the ice and plant material together in an effort to knock off the trichomes and have them sink to the filter bags below. In our pictorial we are using a variable speed power drill with a long shaft paint mixer attachment.
While the drill works perfect for the 20 gallon bags, it's a bit too powerful for the 5 gallon size. For the smaller sized bags I use a Sunbeam Wand Mixer, for me it works perfect, although I do wish it stayed on without my having to hold down the buttons! Mix the ice and trim into a frothy brew, continue mixing up and down and all around for twenty minutes, then time for another break... let the agitated mixture settle for twenty minutes. Again, another example of the "thirds principle", 20 minutes soak, 20 minutes mix, and 20 minutes settle. Now comes the fun part!
Okay, so the mix has been sitting there settling for 20 minutes, now it's time to start pulling out the bags, straining the liquid through each of the filters. The first bag contains the material, and will be the hardest to strain as you really have to squeeze out all the water you can. This is where the other bucket and wire rack come in handy.
When you pull the first bag containg the plant matter out, slip the wire rack between it and the bucket, allowing the bag to strain more freely. Squeeze as much water out of the first bag as possible, and place in the empty bucket for the time being. We'll be using it later for the second run.
Remove each bag one at a time, straining the trichome laden water into the bags below. If the bags are taking too long to strain, shake the bag up and down with a swift jerk, it takes a little getting used to, but once you get the hang of it, it's quite simple... even the 25 micron bag will drain easily.
At the bottom of each bag are the collected trichomes, again I use everything collected from the 120 bags to the 25. This is where the third bucket comes in handy, as you can use it to support the bag making the collection process easier.
The Trichome Treasure!
Using the spoons, scrape the bottom of each bag, collecting the trichomes together into the spoon.
Place each spoonful on the filter sheet which has been placed onto the kitchen towel. Be sure to keep each of the bags contents seperated if you are saving the different grades!
When all the the bags have been done, close up the filter sheet making sure that the different piles do not run together.
Roll the filter sheet up with the paper towel...
Press and squeeze the contents tightly, removing as much moisture as possible.
Unfold the towel and filter sheet and your contents should look compressed and much drier. Remove the hash from the screen and place on the cardboard sheet.
Using the knife, slice up the hash, eventually chopping it up into small pieces so that is will dry easier.
Spread the crumbled hash out on the cardboard, remembering to keep seperate piles for each grade. Once your done, it's time to start it all over again!
The Second Run
Now its time to start the whole process over again, placing the bags into the empty spare bucket.
Add another layer of ice to the top of the plant material, and then pour the liquid from the other buckets into the top bag. At this point, it is not necessary to allow the mix to soak again for twenty minutes, although you certainly can if you wish. I go straight to mixing, and continue the process we had just done from this point, mixing for 20 minutes and allowing the bucket to settle for another 20, then straining and collecting.
You'll be amazed at how much the second run will produce, it's almost as much as the first run! I don't do a third run with the same material.
That's all there is to it... just let the crumbled hash dry overnight an either keep it crumbled, or press it into balls or bricks. After a good cure you'll have the best hash available!