Guessing does NOT cut it.
It’s time to start testing every step of the way.
By Bre Whitehair - August 10, 2020
As the cannabis and hemp industry matures, some of the crazy profits we saw for the past few years are going to get harder and harder to find and the wild west production mentality is going with it. That means a renewed focus on efficiency is key in making money and getting the most bang for your buck. A quick quiz right now: What percent cannabinoid is your biomass? How long are you washing your biomass? How many batches of biomass are you washing with the same ethanol before recovery? When are you reproofing your ethanol?
If you can already answer all these questions than feel free to skip this blog but if you don’t know some of these questions, let me make a case for the more of these you can answer, the better off you will be.
Knowing how much cannabinoid is in your dried biomass is a great place to start because it’s going to let you estimate extraction times, calculate efficiencies and figure out how much biomass you need to process to turn a profit or fill an order. Calculating your extraction efficiency is huge because it should be fairly consistent. if it’s not consistent, well then, you’ve got some investigating to do.
Knowing how long to wash your biomass and how many batches of biomass you can wash before heading to solvent recovery is a great way to make sure you are getting the most bang for your buck. If you don’t know when your solvent is saturated, you could be leaving cannabinoids in the biomass or going to recovery too soon and unnecessarily bottlenecking your extraction. How do you know when you’ve saturated your ethanol? Add a flow meter to your extraction system. If you don’t know what that is or how to use one, Pinnacle can help.
When to Reproof:
When are you reproofing your ethanol? Below 150 proof is when your extraction efficiencies are going to start dropping and it’s time to reproof however, If you are just guessing when you’ve dipped below 150 you could be leaving money on the table. Run a quick test with your hydrometer and know for certain before running another batch or sending off your EtOH for reproofing.
Sure, all of this may seem like more work, but I promise it will save you money in the long run. In fact, a flow meter will actually allow you to automate more of your process and hopefully make your life easier. If you need advice about how to incorporate testing into your extraction process, add a flow meter or just want to see if your process can be more efficient, Pinnacle is here to help.