1What is Rosin? How is it made?
Rosin is a solventless extraction made through the mechanical process of applying heat and pressure to "press" out the terpene and cannabinoid rich resin from cured flower or hash. This process occurs near instantaneously and requires virtually no professional expertise in the field of botanical extractions. Rosin tech uses heat to melt the glandular domes of the trichrome off of the base material. This resin rich sap will then reconstitute on the parchment paper, ready for collection. After scraping the parchment paper, the waxy residue collected will be clean and ready to dab.
2How much pressure do I need?
The pressure needed to extract Rosin from your starting material will vary depending on the following factors: Surface Area, Freshness, Heat Applied, Amount of Material over the surface area, Type of Material (Cured Flowers, Dry Sift, Bubble, etc). As a general guideline, the more heat you apply, the less pressure you will need (to a certain extent). From our experience, many strains will press very nicely at around 1000 - 1500 psi per inch of material being pressed in the lower temp range of 190 - 215 degrees.
3How much Rosin can I expect from my material?
This is another question we get often, but cannot ever provide an exact answer. Basically the term "Garbage in, Garbage out" is a FACT with pressing. Rosin will typically taste very much like your starting material smells so using the best material available is always recommended. We have seen results as low as 5.5% with low quality material and have also seen 31%+ with Grade "A" material. Your best bet is to press a couple of .8g nugs to see what you can expect from your material before loading your extraction bags.
4What bags do I need?
Nugsmasher extraction bags are recommended for optimal yield and clean quality rosin. Our bags are hand-made in the USA and are specifically designed to work with the weight of fresh cured flower together with our extraction machines and are labeled accordingly at: 3.5 g, 7 g and 14 g this assumes the bags are loaded (BTS) or bottle/barrel-tech style (upright so that you end up with the round coin like puck once fully pressed). This perfected method allows you the ability to put the proper weight of flower into the bag and get a consistent extraction every time. The reason for this is that it allows for the proper pounds per square inch, pressure (PSI) on your product and eliminates the guess work.
3.5g = 1.5" Diameter = 1.77” in surface area
7g = 2"-2.2”Diameter= 3.14” in surface area
14g=2.4"-2.7"Diameter= 4.91” in surface area
We prefer to use 160 micron for fresh flower, as flower dries we go down in micron screen size (for dry flower use 90 micron). NOTE: As the micron gets smaller the diameter get slightly larger. example: 90 micron is about 5% larger at the end of your extraction.
5What to do when the unit loses pressure
First step is to bleed your unit which most likely and commonly happens during transport. To bleed, pump it so the plates are together with pressure then flip it upside down on its top and release knob ¼ turn counter clockwise to drop plates. Please do not turn release knob more than ¼ turn counter clockwise. Retighten release valve snug then turn it back over and give it a try. You may need to do this process a couple times but should solve loss of pressure issue.
6Received unit with uneven plates
To start alignment bring plates aprox 1/16” of an inch apart so you can see when the bottom plate is aligned with top plate. This can be adjusted by laying unit on its back and loosening the two ¼-20 stainless allen screws. Don’t remove them just loosen. Then stand unit back up and you can move the ram forward by gently pulling release handle towards you, also you can reach in through vertical handle opening to help move it forward. Once bottom plate is directly centered over top plate and your rear spring plate is not touching frame you can raise plates and apply pressure to hold it in place while you lay unit on its back again and tighten the 2 bottom bolts. That should get your alignment perfect.
7How long does it take to ship?
It can take 4-5 days for deliveries within the continental U.S. If delivery is outside of the U.S. please contact us at Contact@Nugsmasher.com for shipment details.