My tincture has been soaking 6 days now. I haven't put any heat to it at all. All I've done is to stir it a couple of times a day. It has gotten very thick and dark. When I hold it up to my veg lamp to see where the solids are, I can't see thru it at all, I can, however see where the sediment is because it is somewhat lighter in color than the liquid.
I bought a lab microscope and it arrived TUE. I bought it primarily to be able to get a positive on any insect life that decides to make itself a meal of my plants. I don't have a camera for it yet, it'll take up to a month to save for it.
After searching my drains dishes and skimming the top of my coco, I was looking for stuff to look at (you know, boys and their toys).
I still have all the hash I made 2 weeks ago, with the exception the weakest which was made into a pound of butter. I have just enough of the "freeze dried" hash to liven up a few bowls, the remainder went into the tincture. So, I put a few grains of each kief on its own slide and put it under the 'scope. The really blonde hash I expected to be almost all thc. Not so. There is a lot of debris in with it. The stems the thc grows on are much larger than I expected. I swag maybe only 50% of the stuff on the slide was thc. The most blonde hash is the cleanest. The darker it gets, the more debris in the field.
Lastly, I picked up a little of the freeze dried. If you remember, this was the wet buds I used. This stuff was very, very clean. Little, clear balls of thc abound. There is debris, but my swag for this closer to 75% thc.It ain't shatter, but it is really good. And it smokes like it. It tastes like my finger hash always tastes. Finger hash is the only hash I enjoy smoking without mixing it in a bowl with buds, At least it was. I like this stuff just fine!
When I get a camera I'll post microscope images of samples from the two strongest kief batches.
This is making me itchy for a camera. Hoping to be able to afford and 18MP USB 3.0 camera, but that'd take an additional month and my patience doesn't usually hold out that long when I want something badly. I often sacrifice meal quality for toys. Eat like crap but play like I can afford too.
There are several online stores that sell do it yourself ejuices. I may need to check my upstairs computer. When I first started making ejuice, I was looking for an ecig. One of the shops sells pg, 50/50 pg,vg, 80/20 pg, vg, as well as straight vg. They also sell nicotine straight and you mix it to your own taste. My 1st ejuice was made from a watermelon flavor with NO nicotine (I haven't used nicotine since I quit cigarettes in '83). And I just got that at an ecig store $20 for 30ml.
You said in another post its "too cold to make shatter". I'm guessing you make it outside. The idea of playing with a closed cylinder full of pressurized butane brings out the yellow streak down my back. I've been toying around with the idea of fabricating a small hydraulic press for dab. Apparently the places that make large qtys. of the stuff where it legal, use hydraulic presses. Large ones. Check out some of the videos on YouTube about it. It seems the more squeeze you get, the less heat you need. These places are only using squeeze.
My grow is too small to ever require a massive press, but pressing cube say 25mm or 50mm shouldn't require so much pressure. It'd be more expensive than difficult to make, and it shouldn't be too expensive.