Ice Cold water hash is a method that basically takes your trim or buds and agitates it in some ice cold water. The trichomes eventually break off into this liquid which is then strained through different layers of mesh. These mesh screens come in various sizes, ranging from 25 microns to 220. Under 70 microns is usually underdeveloped trichomes and over 190 is usually greener plant matter. The best quality hash is usually somewhere between 70 and 150 microns, but it’s often specific to the strain.
The Bubble bag Dude Machine is basically a portable washing machine. It made of cheap plastic and while I was removing the plastic film, already, a piece broke off. It comes with a mesh wash bag and to start, add a layer of ice on the bottom, about a third full, then add your bud. I don’t think going over 5 ounces of bud is practical and I like to use frozen bud so that the trichomes are still brittle. Next I fill the rest of the bag up with ice and close the zipper, then seal the Velcro flap. At last, I add the cold water, and the rest of the ice from an 8 lb bag. The bag should spin easily inside the machine and if it doesn’t, then you overfilled it. Ill run the wash until the ice is completely melted, but I noticed that after two runs back to back, it started to smell like a cheap plastic burnt toy. The hose on the back of the unit allows your to drain the washing machine of this trichome juice. Keep in mind a bucket is not included with this set and you want to order the 5 layers of micron bags starting with the highest numbers. When set, unlatch the hose and pour the liquid straight through and in the end, you could tilt the machine to get the last drops. The top mesh sifts out plant matter so that was chucked. I ended up taking everything outside and used a hose on its softest setting to help funnel the hash to the center of the mesh. Then using a spoon, I scooped it out onto the included 10 x 10 square mesh. You could see the color of the hash is different for each size. Some of this looked like straight dog dookie and once your done, you need to let this sit to dry out.
After my first set, I ran the whole thing a second time with some higher quality trim and the colors were greener on the second run. Now fair warning, this process of letting the water flow through can take over 30 minutes, especially on the finer meshes. At times I have to manually shake and agitate the water so it could strain better. As long as you have a spray or a hose, cleaning the unit wasn’t so bad. You have to let the dookie for a couple of days to prevent mold and once dried, you have to convert the turds to powder. This process is called sieving(PRONOUNCED sivving) and its just about as annoying as trimming because of how sticky this hash is. Using a steel spatula, you have to aggressively push this hash through a steel screen called a sieve on top of some parchment paper. This process was a headache in itself and it took about an hour for what you see here. Again, you need to let this dry for another day and when dry, you can fold these and place them in your freezer for storage.
Although the majority of the time is waiting, the whole process takes several days from start to finish. Prep time on the machine takes about 30 minutes, cleaning takes ten and active work for each batch is at least an hour.
Now the directions say that this can process up to 8 ounces at a time, which I probably would cap out at 6. Overfilling it can make the motor overheat and even with less trim than recommended, it still smells like its overworked. The company claims that this machine can last over 100 washes which is doable, but just keep in mind the only warranty is offered through machines sold on their site and it lasts only 6 months.
To be honest though, this whole process is a lot of work, but there really isn’t a good way to make hash that doesn’t involve wasting a ton. Overall, the final product looks great and it’s a great way to process your trim which at times is absolutely worth salvaging. For now, this is the best method I know of and until I find a better, I think it’s good enough.
Having the water level too high will result in leaks from the hose with every spin.
Running the wash back to back will make the unit overheat and after about 3 consecutive washes, the unit will shut off and remain off until it is no longer hot.
An 8 pound bag of ice is recommended for every 6 ounces of trim/bud
BUBBLEBAGDUDE 5 Bag Set
The Bubble bag Dude Machine is basically a portable washing machine. It made of cheap plastic and while I was removing the plastic film, already, a piece broke off. It comes with a mesh wash bag and to start, add a layer of ice on the bottom, about a third full, then add your bud. I don’t think going over 5 ounces of bud is practical and I like to use frozen bud so that the trichomes are still brittle.