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collecting kief

Many utilize the “coin trick” to get better efficiency out of their grinders’ kief catchers. Putting a coin in the middle chamber helps to knock trichomes off of the flower as well as push them through the screen to the collection chamber below. It’s important to wash the coin well before putting it in with your flower to avoid contaminants and ridge-less coins tend to work best (better surface contact).
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Small pollen boxes, can be slightly time consuming for getting large yields, but are easy and tidy for small personal batches. Simply put some buds in the top and shake. The biggest benefit of pollen boxes are that they keep everything nicely contained, so you don’t have to worry about a gust of wind or clumsy roommate coming by and scattering your work to the wind. However for larger yields, you’ll want to scale up.
Do you have any experience collecting kief? Let us know some of your favorite methods in the comments below!
However, submerging the plant in an ice bath with get the most out of it, one just needs to be able to collect the kief back out. To do so, hash producers use a dry ice bath and what’s known as a “bubble bag,” a type of sieve sleeve (say that five times fast) traditionally used for making bubble hash. Plant matter is put in the middle of the bag then stirred in the ice bath forcing the bud against the screen. The resulting kief is collected underneath the screen.
This method is ideal for medium-sized batches of plant matter. One downside to using silk screens is that they can tear easily from stems. It’s best to be gentle and work slowly, picking out any jagged pieces that might tear. Metal screens are available in this size as well, but can be harder to come by.
The oldest kief method is to create a drum with a silk screen. The screen is stretched over the whole drum basin (often just a plastic bucket), and then covered with a selection of bud or trimmings. Next, a tarp is secured over the top with a rubber band or tight rope, locking the plant material in between the tarp and the silk screen. This is then beaten with sticks and the kief falls through the silk screen. With the right micron-gage silk (the unit of measurement for small particles), one could easily make a traditional Moroccan kief drum at home. This is an ideal setup for larger amounts of plant matter, but also easy to scale in size.
Silk screens can help you collect a pretty decent amount of kief in a short amount of time. To do so, you’ll need to take a trip to your local art store to grab a silk screen, the very same you might buy to DIY a few band t-shirts. For this method, a basin or clean surface is set to catch the kief underneath (a pane of glass or mirror works well) and then ground or shredded cannabis plant material is gently run over the screen to separate out the kief.
H ere at PotGuide, we recently covered some of the ways to put your kief collection to good use, and we figured that it might be a good time to go over some of the ways to collect that kief in the first place. In general, there are three ways of collecting kief without the use of solvents: shake it off, freeze it off, or force through a screen to be caught in some form of reservoir. The best collection methods combine these methods to capture as many trichomes as possible. Take a look below to learn more and start collecting that precious kief!
In general, there are three ways of collecting kief without the use of solvents: shake it off, freeze it off, or force through a screen to be caught in some form of reservoir. Take a look below to learn more and start collecting that precious kief!
Collecting kief
There’s nothing better than opening the bottom chamber of your grinder and finding a small mountain of dust — otherwise known as kief.
No matter how you use it, kief was put on the planet to prove that an out-of-this-world high doesn’t have to come with an outrageous price tag.
If you’ve graduated from sprinkling kief on top of your weed, you can also use it to cut down on the amount of weed you’re smoking. Next time you pack your bowl or bong, try filling the bottom two-thirds of the bowl with regular bud and the top third with a nice dusting of kief. This ratio is subject to change, though we recommend always using bud as a vehicle for kief since it has such a fine and powdery consistency. No one wants to waste a precious kief bowl when it all falls into your piece on the first inhale.
You may be wondering how much kief it really takes to enhance your next smoke sesh. The short answer is: it depends.
You can also boost your vaping experience with a layer of kief on top of your bud or you can vape kief on its own. Vaping it on its own will offer a similar effect to vaping other concentrates, meaning you’ll experience a flavorful hit and a euphoric high. Just measure out your desired bud-to-kief ratio (or kief-to-kief ratio), load it into your vape’s chamber or oven, and you’re good to go. If you’re ready to take it to the next level, kief can also be used to make rosin, hash or edibles at home.
You won’t see serious kief collecting right away, but through repeated use you’ll definitely get your money’s worth out of a kief box.
If you’re looking to score larger quantities of kief, a kief box may be a useful accessory for you to maximize the yield. A kief box is literally a box that contains two compartments situated on top of each other and separated by a series of metal screens and filters. To use it, all you have to do is put your buds in the top compartment, close the box, and shake. The shaking motion sifts the trichome crystals on the outside of the buds through the metal screens and filters it into the bottom compartment.
If you don’t typically use concentrates or you haven’t tried kief before, your best bet is to sprinkle a very, very little in your joint or blunt as you’re rolling. After you smoke it, you can see how you feel and add more kief to the mix if needed.
Another option is the ever-popular twax joint, in which the outside of a joint is rolled in kief. You can do this by dipping it in a sticky concentrate first, such as budder or sauce, or just by licking the joint then dipping it in your kief. It should be noted that some believe adding so much concentrate onto one joint to be somewhat of a waste and expensive — the opposite of what we’re going for in this guide.
Kief is often dubbed “nature's concentrate,” but unlike other types of concentrates, it is both inexpensive and easy to make at home.