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An intelligently designed extraction process is the answer for today’s extraction business

By Chris Olson - Sales and Account Specialist - May 11, 2020

There are a few different technologies to extract your hemp or cannabis, and a multitude of ways to set up each process. It can get overwhelming fast. With a multitude of companies seeming to care only about the sale, and not about providing a solution for customer needs, it is incredibly important to do your research and/or hire an experienced consultant to help. Once you’ve committed to a facility design and extraction process, making changes becomes exponentially more expensive.
Thinking through your process is an easy way to set your business up for success. If done well, you will save time, space, and money while creating a better, more desirable product. Everyone’s needs are different but below are some blanket suggestions to point you in the right direction.
  • Dry your Biomass: It might be old news, but for most extraction methods you need to dry your hemp, and dry it correctly. As the saying goes: “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure”. That means don’t just guess its dry enough. To know for sure, you’ll need to test it. Extracting with wet biomass will require you to reproof your ethanol more frequently, while possibly having to add a liquid/liquid separation skid to remove impurities. Save time, money and space – correctly dried biomass will help ensure all three.
  • Extract cold: This is an easy one. If you extract cold from the beginning, you can minimize predistillation steps. Fewer steps reduces operating expenses. Bonus: Extracting from cold biomass using cold ethanol promotes high purity and quality of the oil extracted.
  • Filter early: Save your pumps, save the mess. Waiting until later in the process is just going to make your life more difficult. It’s harder on your pumps and buying a new pump every 3 months is going to increase your operating expenses.
  • Devol, Degas and Decarb in one step: Transferring between kegs to roto-vaps not only spends valuable time, but is an increased potential for spills and accidents. Pumping your crude oil directly into a decarb unit like Pinnacle’s Dual Stage skips a step and keeps you moving.
Click here to learn more about the full line-up from Pinnacle Stainless. Every system and skid from Pinnacle Stainless is designed and made in the USA, CIP ready and fabricated with food grade processing in mind. Contact us to learn how we can help your business reach the top of its efficiency and performance.