Hi @ReikoX. I've been re-reading post and realize that when I first read a post, I overlook things. I know I told you I have tried to rosinize kief with no luck, but I stopped short of telling you that I deliberately keep my kief very dry. I was trying to keep it more moist in the past, and ended up ruining over 18 grams in 2 containers by letting them get moldy. They smelled horrible, very ammonia like with an almost painfully hard hit to the throat.
I also let my weed get very dry as well, but I do that because I like getting my buzz on in 1 bowl. Less water, less fluff. Less fluff more weed to the trichomes to the bowl. It's a bit harsh, but I like it that way.
Hey, @Roux. Super good advice. Read on to see what I did with it...
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I was looking over @ReikoX design of rosin press remembering how much it hurt my already weak shoulders to open and close a vise many times in a day, and decided to buy a press instead if I could find one cheap enough. I bought a 6 ton hydraulic press from Amazon for a total of $100 after shipping. It is small, 36" tall, 5" wide and the feet take up 19" of floor space. It is welded construction, leaving me only the feet and the split table to assemble.
It arrived in only 2 days leaving me scouring the Internet for rosin plates. I found the plate kits to run about $250, so that is a future expense.
I had a couple of 2" wide x 1" thick x 5 and 6" long steel bar ends that I could use to press. I thought about the YouTubers that said, "if you have enough squeeze, you don't need heat". I looked at full blown Rosin presses with 20 ton jacks and they had heated plates, so I figured that I'd just be wasting my time to try it without heat as I'd have no frame of reference determine if it is any good at all. So I decided to wait until I had Rosin plates.
I thought I'd get myself setup for that future date (most likely 1 month). I got out 3.5 grams of shake from my buds jar. I misted the weed slightly and let it sit, covered to equalize the moisture (per @Roux suggestion) and pressed it into a 7/8 wide x 1 1/4 long x 3/16" thick hard patty and put it in my growroom frig. I tried to water the plants but my mind was on my new press, so I threw the 2 block I was planning on using into the oven. I baked them a little at a time until the temp checked 200-210°.
I had the pressed patty and parchment paper ready. The blocks cooled 10° before I got them in place. I pressed slowly until it was all compressed, then finished quickly. I didn't realize until I was taking the paper from the press that my little pressed rectangle that I started with was squeezed out where the crease in the paper was. It was all squished out all over the inside of the paper as well. I didn't think to photograph it in the press. Here is the paper from press @1:
It was my first press and irt definitely im"pressed" me.
The blocks were just cool enough to move barehanded when I did the 2nd squish. This time I was expecting breakout was ready to photo it:
Sorry about the blurriness, my batteries were so low (and the lighting) the auto focus couldn't do it's job. I didn't think it had saved the photo because the camera shutdown due low power.
You're probably interested to see the press, so here it is:
To help you visualize the size, that is a 20" box fan on the shelf next to the press.
I really need one more bit of help here. Please tell me there is a way to get the dab off the tool with out losing any! When I try, it just smears.
Thank you one and all for sharing your experiences both good bad.