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Tips Reclaim. What does it tell you about your technique and is it worth the hassle?

Basement Farmer

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I'm relatively new to concentrates and have been collecting since the very beginning.

It seems to accumulate fairly quickly.

Does this tell me that I'm doing something wrong? (too hot, too cold, etc)

& while I'm asking, do you even bother collecting and if so, what do you do with it?
 

Disrupt

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Preface by saying there's a big jar of reclaim and other waste collected over several years in the freezer "for emergencies." Don't expect it will ever be used.

By reclaim, do you mean only vaporized concentrate that has re-condensed on your rig? This process is essentially similar to distillation (albeit without fractionation), so there needn't be anything wrong with it, if your gear is kept clean. (Some use "reclaim" to refer to any waste - spatter, washes, etc; if you "reclaim" carbon buildup, you'll lower the overall quality.) It's decarbed and doesn't taste especially good, IMO, but it's otherwise fine with lots of remaining activity.

To reduce the amount of reclaim you produce, you can remove restrictions in the air-path where if collects. As you shorten and increase the diameter of the air-path, you decrease the surface area on which reclaim can re-condense, so more vapor gets to your lungs. Don't think it has too much to do with temperature, but higher temps might help reduce the amount. It will also inactivate terpenes, reducing flavor and entourage effects. You could also try filtering through hot water. The water and glass will be warmer, so you'll decrease the temperature drop from the nail or banger. Hot water also makes its filtration more effecient (but not as cool, obviously).

Whether it's worth the hassle depends on supply and demand. If you have plenty of first-rate supply, there's less demand for reclaim. It also depends on whether you like edibles/topicals. That's really all that reclaim is good for, IMO. There's the sub-par flavor, but even if you're careful, it likely won't be quite as clean as your first run. Your gut is much better at dealing with impurities than your lungs, so oral administration is generally a more forgiving route.
 
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Basement Farmer

Well-Known Member
Preface by saying there's a big jar of reclaim and other waste collected over several years in the freezer "for emergencies." Don't expect it will ever be used.

By reclaim, do you mean only vaporized concentrate that has re-condensed on your rig? This process is essentially similar to distillation (albeit without fractionation), so there needn't be anything wrong with it, if your gear is kept clean. (Some use "reclaim" to refer to any waste - spatter, washes, etc; if you "reclaim" carbon buildup, you'll lower the overall quality.) It's decarbed and doesn't taste especially good, IMO, but it's otherwise fine with lots of remaining activity.

To reduce the amount of reclaim you produce, you can remove restrictions in the air-path where if collects. As you shorten and increase the diameter of the air-path, you decrease the surface area on which reclaim can re-condense, so more vapor gets to your lungs. Don't think it has too much to do with temperature, but higher temps might help reduce the amount. It will also inactivate terpenes, reducing flavor and entourage effects. You could also try filtering through hot water. The water and glass will be warmer, so you'll decrease the temperature drop from the nail or banger. Hot water also makes its filtration more effecient (but not as cool, obviously).

Whether it's worth the hassle depends on supply and demand. If you have plenty of first-rate supply, there's less demand for reclaim. It also depends on whether you like edibles/topicals. That's really all that reclaim is good for, IMO. There's the sub-par flavor, but even if you're careful, it likely won't be quite as clean as your first run. Your gut is much better at dealing with impurities than your lungs, so oral administration is generally a more forgiving route.

Almost all of mine accumulates in the base of the nail. I use a torch heated domeless Ti nail as my DD & strictly cold start (the nail was designed for this)...so it doesn't make it into the stem or drip into the glass. It has the color/ texture of dark pine tar...not all that objectionable.


I imagine the heating/ cooling process is to account for this as the nail doesn't stay hot enough to drip? My glass really doesn't get foggy at all until after many sessions.

As for cleaning, I used to wash it directly in ETOH but found myself recycling the solution through my glass to clean with and the resulting evaporated sludge is really not something I want to eat.....it tastes OK (tiniest of samples) but looks disgusting. T
Obviously the easiest thing to do with it is toss it, but considering the volume and effort I think I'll try to filter it as you suggested & in the future try to keep the better, cleaner stuff away from my dry herb bong. That should help.

Also been trying to preclean the nail by leaving it standing in an old concentrate jar on a heat register to get it to seep out ....then scraping it out thereby recovering the better looking stuff. It should save on solvent and maybe provide a cleaner product. It sounds like a lot of work, but not really any more than normal ato keep the pots and pans in good working order.
 

Basement Farmer

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ETOH extracted reclaim. Not as vile as I would've expected.

I'm guess roughly about a gm. Anyone have personal experience with dosing on this stuff?

Thinking of disolving into warm butter.
 

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