Stoner MacGyver marijuana product review: Sean's 1000 Watt all-mesh filter bags

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Stoner MacGyver.
The general idea behind Sean's 1000 Watt hash bags is nothing new. There's at least a half-dozen companies making similar icewater extraction bags and filter products right now. But for the Denver-based company, the all-mesh design is a major improvement over its first-generation bags.

What is it, dude? Sean's 1000 Watt all-mesh filter bags (25, 73, 90, 160 and 220 micron).

How much coin will it run me? $80-$120 for five bag, five gallon set. 220 micron bag for dry ice extraction sold separately as well.

Where can I get one? Rocky Mountain Hydroponics, Cultivate, Freaky's, Way to Grow.

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For those that don't know how icewater hash is made, here's the long and short of it. First, you mix trim or bud with frigid icewater and mix it around, breaking up the trichomes (crystals). That icewater mixture is then filtered through a series of screens -- each with a smaller micron level than the last -- to pick up different sized trichome pieces.

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Bags fit in the bucket easily, with tabs marking the size of each screen.
In this case, the screens are bags that you put into a standard Home Depot five-gallon bucket, one inside the other from smallest to largest. As you remove the bags from the bucket one-by-one, leaving the water behind, you are left with different levels of hash. For a more detailed rundown, check out our Tips for better hash from Colorado's best. I'm hardly an expert on hash making or hash bags, but from the standpoint of a regular Joe Patient like myself who gets his hands on some cheap or free trim from good friends, these things are pretty much foolproof.

I did my mixing and stirring of the buds in one bucket. In all, I used about ten pounds of ice and three gallons of water for about two ounces of Sour Diesel from a longtime Mile Highs and Lows friend, Wolf. My mixture was probably overkill considering how little trim I was using, but I wanted to test how well the bags drained.

The original Sean's 1000 Watt bags only had screens on the bottom. The bulk of the bag was made of thick, colored synthetic canvas that didn't allow much water through. The drawback was that it forced all of the water and hash through the dessert-plate-sized screen at the bottom. The more fine the screens became and the more sediment being pulled, the longer it took for water to drain. Frustrated people would force the water out (bad) instead of waiting for it to drain naturally with gravity (good). The new bags avoid that problem altogether.

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First generation bags (www.thesupplyboys.com)
By making the bags all mesh, the guys at Sean's 1000 Watt have made it much easier to pull the bags up and drain out the water. With the larger screens, there's no resistance whatsoever and water flows like a faucet. Even the 25 micron bag -- which can be a bitch to drain without succumbing to the urge to squeeze out the water -- dripped through cleanly. By grabbing two sides of the bag and rolling the water inside, the process could be sped up even more. Any hash stuck to the sides of the bag rinsed down to the bottom with a little dousing of ice cold distilled water from a clean source. Likewise, the mesh bags are more easily turned inside-out, so you can remove the hash with your spoon.

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Stretching out the bags to collect the wet hash.
I didn't do my mixing in the bags themselves for fear of damaging the screens with any sharp pieces of ice or errant stems. Some people don't take that extra step, and I'm sure the bags could take the abuse, but I wanted to avoid that possibility. I did pour the ice/water/trim mixture into the 220 bag and let it filter from there and had no problems with it holding the weight.

Cleaning the bags was a lot easier as well, and they dried within minutes of using them with a good shakeout of the water. The old set of bags I've been using developed a mildew smell after their last use when I didn't properly dry the canvas.

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Better trim produces better hash. Some of the Sour D used for the test.
One bag test I didn't get to try was the dry ice method, in which you put your trim and dry ice pellets in the stirring bucket, cover the top of the bucket by putting the bag on backwards and then shaking the contents around over a table. The results are almost instant and pretty damn amazing. I've used the old bags for that, and they did just fine.

I've been assured by the company's owners that the mesh bags can take it and they do have a lifetime warranty. Still, I would still be wary of stretching them out too much by pulling them over the bucket. Sean's 1000 Watt sells just the 220 micron bag specifically for use in the dry ice method, so I guess replacing one if you did break it wouldn't be that much of a hassle.

Even as a novice, I was able to come up with something that I actually enjoyed smoking (and not just for the novelty of making it myself). True, a lot of it came from following tips from Selecta Nik, but the Sean's 1000 Watt mesh bags make it extremely easy and less time-consuming to complete the whole process. The bags sell for around $80 at a number of grow shops and head shops around town. They should end up paying for themselves after a few uses.

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Amazing, wonderful hash.

Stoner MacGyver is our quasi-regular medical marijuana product review column featuring new, creative and artistic smoking accessories and pipes. We can't guarantee all products sent in will be reviewed, but if you've got something you think is the greatest invention since sliced pot-bread, send us an e-mail at marijuana@westword.com

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16 comments
Garagesale Hines
Garagesale Hines

I have just used by mess bags, 5 bag set the 25 takes forever in this ad you state flows like a faucet. Not mine what is going on. how loong is just to long? Please email me @ garagesale.hines@gmail.com Tracy

Picasso
Picasso

Very interesting article... Any idea how much hash you endedup with, with those 2 ounces?(I understand that it will vary  along with the product used)

William Breathes
William Breathes

Picasso,

my scale broke a while back unfortunately, but I would guess I got about five or six grams... keep in mind I did very little agitation though and probably could have run it through a second time to get more. had the trim been wet, i probably would have been a bit more inclined to agitate it more -- but i was going for top quality this go-round.

Thanks for reading.

Pete
Pete

Great tips!  Thanks everyone for posting.  I've made maybe 20 batches and I'm still looking to get better, even though what I have I really like.  Have tried power tools and hand stirring, but sounds like I've been too violent with both as I didn't see a big difference in quality.  

I think that I got better results from chipping my ice into sharper shards than buying the rounded store bought ice, but maybe this doesn't matter if you're less violent with mixing?  I make sure to chill my water to near freezing before adding ice. Is that necessary?  I thought it was the sharp points on the ice that were taking off the trichomes, but maybe it is the grinding motion of the ice?I'd like to learn more about the washing machine method as that sounds very user friendly. Assuming you have a dedicated machine, or is there a bag that it all stays in so as not to mess up the machine?  These bags with holes on the side look like a nice improvement to me.  I wonder how much yield I've lost from over shaking the bags?

William Breathes
William Breathes

Pete,

The one bit of best advice I ever got was: control as many variables as you can.

My take is that the sharper the ice, the more you're likely to slice up plant material. the idea is to freeze off trichomes then agitate them off -- not cut them off. (Again, im no expert though). For the hash above, I stirred for *maybe* seven minutes because I was using dry trim and didn't want to break up too much plant matter. Most of that was simply stirring one direction for 30 seconds then reversing the spin using a long (clean) wooden stake. fresh frozen wet trim is preferred from what I've been told because it doesn't break up as easily.

It didn't come across clear in the review (my bad), but I stirred in one bucket and then poured that mixture into a second bucket with the bags in it. Stirring out of the bags give you more room to work with. Same would be true for any portable washing machine (google search "portable washing machine" to see what I mean). You agitate in one and then pour to the other...

Pete
Pete

Thank you!   I learned not to stir in the bags on my first attempt when I tore up my 200 micron bag with a cement mixer power drill attachment!  I'm inspired to make a batch this weekend now with a lot less agitation.  

William Breathes
William Breathes

Glad to help out man.

- also, try using distilled water instead of tap water - less impurities to find their way into your smokables (think how much calcium and floride alone are in the water you drink).

Cforbin26
Cforbin26

Nice read will. I'd love to find out first hand how the final product came out...looks great!

Jay
Jay

Stan,

You should read Selecta Nik's ideas on how he makes his hash. He uses extremely cold temps and refers to his product as solventless extraction. I thought it was hype until I smelled the final product. There is much less yield but the smell is very strain specific, which is very hard to achieve with most other ice water methods.

Some people would argue that using a drill or mixer agitates the mix too much, creating lots of stems and other green vegetable matter. I tend to agree since every non-Nik bubble I've seen is very vague smelling.

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Correct, the drill or mixer is way too hostile to the process.  The wash machine slow agitation does a really nice job of preserving the strain specifics.  Also, always take your trim and bud and freeze it while it's still fresh.  No need to let it dry out.  Just chop up a plant at harvest, freeze for 24 hours, the straight to the extraction!

High Country Caregiver
High Country Caregiver

Nice, I've been using the Bubble Now set for years with the wash machine. Started experimenting with the 5 Bubble Bag set back when you could only order from Canada. It's awesome to see these 5 gallon sets available local and the price is great!  Bubble hash is really my favorite... If you grow quality strains to full maturity the best method to capture the goodness is ice water extraction.  BHO and all the other names for it don't compare to mountain grown spring water fed cannabis extracted through more cold spring water. Purple Trainwreck has been the best producer so far, makes purple bubble hash...

Stan
Stan

Ice water hash?  I've always known it as bubble hash.  I see that the tags for this article include the same synonym.  Does that make it a synonymonym?  Anyways, for those who are interested, it really helps to mix the ice water and trim mixture in a bucket with one of those hand-held blenders for about 30 minutes before you start draining the mixture.  You'll see more material accumulate in the first one or two course filter layers, however the remainder will be quite smokealicious and very tasty.

William Breathes
William Breathes

Bubble Hash and icewater hash are interchangeable pretty much. Bubble Bags are a proprietary product, the generic name for this product is icewater hash or icewater extraction.

And as someone else pointed out below: using a power drill gets you way too much plant material in your hash. That's fine if you want to do it that way, but a lot of people i know would rather leave some THC behind in the bucket than get black hash.

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