So you got your hands on your first sample of rosin jam and you can’t believe how good the flavor tastes and how hard it hits. Now you’re probably thinking ‘how can I make my own rosin jams and sauces?’ Two words: Jar Tech. While utilizing this function is probably easier than it sounds, it still requires a great amount of attention to detail and a hefty dose of trial and error. Flexible enough to be used with pretty much any rosin press on the market, you’ll find the most ideal results with models like the Rosin Tech Precision Press, which includes features conducive to Jar Tech operation.
Direct Flow from Press to Jar
Jar Tech happens exclusively during the post-processing phase, no matter what technique you decide to employ. At its most basic level, the technique involves a direct flow from your rosin press into a waiting glass jar where the rosin is carefully collected before being sealed immediately. The Precision Press is particularly handy in this step of the Jar Tech process since it can be easily tipped when compared to other presses, lending to smooth guidance of the rosin flow.
Variation in Technique
Once the jar is sealed, the technique will vary depending on your personal preferences. Jar Tech is similar to cooking in that every chef has his/her own spin on the recipe. The choice between applying heat or cold curing, methods of heat or cold application, duration of application and temperature intensity are all variables that will affect the resulting consistency of the rosin. For example, one extractor might pop the jars in an oven at 200°F for a couple hours, then let them sit for a week or two. Another extractor might wrap the jars in electrically heated mats, waiting for a few days before burping the jar. Meanwhile, an extractor who favors cold curing may subject the jar to a temperature of 55°F for an extended period. These are just three methods among many.
Variables That Impact Jar Tech Results
If technique were the only factor in how your rosin concoction turned out, Jar Tech would be straightforward. However, there are numerous variables that influence the final product. For example, Jar Tech can be executed with flower rosin, but the results typically improve when you use rosin derived from ice water extraction techniques. Likewise, strain plays a role in the outcome, though that should come as no surprise. As is the case with other extraction processes, what you put in is usually a pretty good indicator of what you’re going to get out of it.
When everything from the hardware to the formula is up for interpretation, a journal can provide some much-needed grounding. A press like the Daxtractor can make the initial collection a lot easier. Since that’s a universal point of the Jar Tech process, it can make a sound investment if you think you’re going to be making a lot of rosin jam or sauce. The chances of achieving the perfect consistency, flavor and potency on your first shot aren’t great, but when you finally find that sweet spot, the reward is well worth the effort.