Making A Concentrate

This is a step by step tutorial on how to safely and effectively make any kind of concentrate involving plant material. If you follow these steps you should end up with a fine oily substance. This is all of the good stuff from your pant material concentrated into a paste or oil. Results will vary slightly, depending on the quality of your plant material and how closely you follow these instructions. Happy concentrate making! 1.  The first step in making any concentrate is to make sure you have all the tools you need ready to go, and that you are in a well ventilated are. It's an exciting time, making your concentrates, you just can't wait to test them after, but if you're patient and work safely it will all be worth it. If you make sure you have everything ready to go, you save yourself frustration and possibly wasting a batch because you weren't prepared. Also, make sure you are in a well ventilated area, preferably in your back yard or something. Fireballs are totally real and they have hurt and killed people who weren't being safe. We want to make sure you survive to test out your product afterwards! In this demonstration the supplies we are using include: 2 cans of Colibri brand butane - We use this particular brand of butane because it has the least amount of impurities. This makes the evaporation process quicker and also ensures your paste has a nice colour and flavour. A pyrex baking dish - this can be any size as long as its big enough to hold all the product at the end. This will be the basin that all the concentrate will end up in. Glass is your best option, make sure it is a heavy duty glass made for baking and high heats. This just ensures it will not break on you. Also glass is the cleanest surface to work with, and when you scrape your paste off at the end, you will not end up with any glass in your product. WIth metal or plastic dishes you would end up with small shavings of these materials in your concentrates. Not good to smoke. A couple of glass vials with twist off lids - Pretty self explanatory, you will put your final product in these to store for whenever you want to smoke it! A razor blade - This will be used to scrape all the paste off the glass dish, after all the butane has evaporated. A concentrate extraction tube - In this demonstration we are using a glass concentrate extractor, made by Twisted Designs. You can use any extraction tube, there are also plastic and metal ones on the market. This one is a new product at Shell Shock and we wanted to demonstrate how it works. The extraction tube comes with a fine mesh screen, an o-ring clamp to keep the screen in place, and a special butane filling tip that ensures you get the best fit. Instead of using the brass mesh screen that comes with it, you can also use a piece of silk screen. The same stuff they use to make designs on t-shirts. This gives you a bit of a finer filter, ensuring you don't end up with any plant material in your final product. Sometimes using a metal screen can also give your concentrates a metallic flavour. A couple of tools to manipulate the paste with - Shell Shock carries special Skillet Tools that are made specifically for making concentrates. They all have different types of blades depending on what you need them for. They also have a handy rubber grip for easy handling and no burns! Last, but of course not least, you need your bud! The quality of your concentrate will ultimately depend on the quality of bud you use. For this demo we are using high quality bud that has been busted up into powder. You can also use straight plant material, shake, crystals from a grinder or sifter box, or I even know some people who put the leftovers from their vaporizer in there as well. Just remember, if you use shake then your concentrate will not be as potent as if you used high quality bud or crystal. 2. Now that we have everything we need and are situated in a safe environment, we can get to the fun part! The first step is to load up your concentrate extractor with your powder, plant material, whatever you are turning into a concentrate. If you are using powder, or crystal, it is a good idea to plug the hole at the other end, just so you don't lose anything. The best way to get it into the extraction tube is to use a funnel and a scoop. This ensures you don't make a mess and worst of all, lose all your product! 3. After you have everything loaded up in the extractor, put the o-ring clamp and mesh screen onto the open end of the extractor. Make sure the o-ring is tight and the screen is completely covering the opening. Don't want anything getting away from you while you are extracting. The extractor comes with a brass screen but we have replaced that with a silk screen instead. 4. The glass extractor comes with a red tip for the nozzle of the butane. This little red piece just fits into the small hole at the top of the extractor and then the tip of the butane cane fits perfectly in the red part. This ensures a perfect fit so none of the butane squirts out the side. 5.  Now the best part, making the actual concentrate! You want to hold the extractor with the screen part down and you can rest the little glass hook in the crook between your thumb and pointer finger. A handy tip might be to wrap some paper towel around the extractor where you will be holding it. Butane is extremely cold when it comes out of the can and it can make the glass extractor quite hard to hold. Hold the can of butane upside down, like you are filling a lighter, and place the red nozzle tip into the small hole on the top of the extractor. Make sure you have the extractor over the pyrex dish you got ready earlier, put the tip of the butane can into the red tip in the extractor, and push down until you see and hear the butane come out of the can. Keep pushing down until the can empties. To ensure you get all of the good stuff off of your plant material, it's best to repeat this process with another can of butane. As you run butane through the extractor, and ultimately your plant material, you should see a green/yellow or brown fluid coming out the bottom and filling the glass dish. 6. When you have run through the 2 cans of butane and your glass dish is full, fill up a large sink or basin with lukewarm water. The basin must be big enough for you to put the glass dish you have your concentrate in. You want to put the glass dish in the lukewarm water, but not getting any water inside the glass dish. Almost like a warm bath for your concentrate. You will notice as the dish sits in the warm water, the liquid inside the dish will start to bubble and thicken. This is all the butane evaporating off the concentrate. You want to leave it for quite a while, until it stops bubbling and becomes the typical oil/paste consistency. You may have to refill the water basin to ensure it stays warm. 7. Once the concentrate stops bubbling and has thickened, you can now start scraping it off the sides of the dish. Using the razor blade you have ready carefully scrape down the sides and bottom of the glass dish, moving all the concentrate into a pile. This makes it easier to put into the vials and also works out some of the remaining butane that could be left in your product. 8. Once you have it all piled up you can now move the concentrate to whatever you will be keeping it in, vials or jars or whatever. This is where those skillet tools come in super handy! They work well to grab the concentrate and then if need be, you can heat the skillet tool slightly so it drips cleanly into the vial. 9. Time to sample and enjoy your final product!! If you need the tools to sample your concentrates properly, stop by any Shell Shock and we can hook you up with those as well! Tips: If you find that your final product still tastes and smells a little like butane, you can leave the vial open for a few hours or even over night and the remaining butane will eventually evaporate away. Most of the products we described using in this demonstration are available for purchase at any of our Shell Shock locations!