Dry sift rosin offers an excellent opportunity for turning regular trim into valuable SKUs, and with the right equipment, high-quality dry sift rosin can be created quickly and with minimal labor costs. If you’re looking to use your sift to its full advantage and you have a modest amount of money to invest, dry sift rosin could be exactly the opportunity you’re looking for.
An Overview of Dry Sift Rosin
Dry sift rosin is a refined solventless concentrate made from kief. To truly understand what makes it unique, we need to define each component that’s involved.
- Dry sift is the refined form of kief, which is the powder or pollen that’s collected from shaking cannabis flower or trim over a screen. It consists of trichome heads mixed together with plant matter. The quality of the sift can vary pending on the size of micron screen that was utilized along with the amount of time processed and temperatures used from the source of biomass. When the kief is filtered and separated, it becomes dry sift, a simple cannabis extract that can be sprinkled over bowls and joints, processed into edibles, refined into a variety of extracts, or sometimes dabbed on its own (depending on the quality).
- Rosin is a solventless concentrate that’s created using heat and pressure. The cannabis material is placed between two heated metal plates that are pressed together with tremendous force—usually between 300 and 1,500 pounds per square inch (PSI). As the pressure is applied, the heat from the plates causes the trichomes in the cannabis material to melt and release their oils. The oil is then collected.
Rosin can be produced from several different cannabis starting materials, including cured flower, live flower, bubble hash, and of course, dry sift. When dry sift hash is used as the starting material for rosin, the end result is (you guessed it) dry sift rosin. When live or uncured/fresh frozen biomass is used for this purpose, you’ll need a freeze jar to stabilize the sift—resulting in live dry sift rosin.
There are numerous benefits to incorporating dry sift rosin into your operation:
- It enables you to transform your sift into a cleaner, connoisseur-grade concentrate.
- It’s purer, more potent, and more versatile than dry sift.
- It’s more affordable than live hash rosin but almost as good when made well for price-conscious consumers.
- It’s a higher-quality end product than flower rosin.
- It takes less time and effort to produce than full-melt hash rosin.
- It’s an easy way to expand your existing product line with new top-shelf offerings.
- Dry sift rosin offers an experience similar to traditional dabs, but it’s 100% solventless.
The popularity of rosin grew more than 200% between 2020 to 2021, and it continues to gain new converts every day. Now is the perfect time to invest in a rosin press bundle and bring your sift into the 21st century.
How to Make Dry Sift Rosin
If you want to make quality dry sift rosin, the first step is to turn your cannabis into sift. We have several guides for how to get the job done, including:
- How to Make Full-Melt Dry Sift
- Types of CO2 Kief Extraction and Separation
- The Original Resinator Operating Guide (this guide is essential if you’re using the Resinator—refer to the Cryo-Sieve® section)
Be sure to also check out our micron chart to get a feel for the different screen sizes and how they can help you achieve the optimal consistency for your separation. We also have a complete product pathway chart so you can see the different directions you can take your biomass using the Resinator.
The Sifting Process
There are many ways to make dry sift, but the easiest and most effective method is to use The Original Resinator. The Resinator’s patented Cryo-Sieve® process uses liquid CO2 to easily and gently remove the trichomes from your plant material without damaging them. Just choose your desired screen size for your Resinator drum, insert your plant material, and run a full cycle.
Once you’ve collected your dry sift, you can further clean it using static tech (particularly if you want a premium-grade or full-melt dry sift), or you can move it straight to the rosin press.
Also worh noting: One great thing about the Resinator is that it also supports live sift. The liquid CO2 technology allows you to sift fresh-frozen cannabis to maintain the live essence of the plant—a feat once considered impossible with kief. When working with live material, just make sure that you maintain the cold chain and utilize proper equipment like a pharmaceutical freeze dryer.
The Pressing Process
If you know your way around a rosin press, pressing dry sift isn’t much different than pressing flower or bubble hash. You would insert your kief into rosin bags, line your plates with parchment paper, place the rosin bags between the plates, and let the rosin press go to work.
When it comes to pressing dry sift, the main distinctions are the temperature and time settings for your rosin press. Because dry sift tends to be easier to work with than ice water hash, you generally want high—but not too high—temperatures. For standard sift, a temperature between 180°F and 200°F should suffice. For high-quality or full-melt sift, you can start below 180°F.
As a general rule, hotter temperatures require shorter pressing times (so you don’t lose excess terpenes and burn your concentrate). So if you’re pressing at a temperature near or above 200°F, you might keep your interval as short as 45 seconds to a minute. If you’re pressing at 180°F or lower, you can sometimes press for 3 minutes or longer to maximize your yield without adversely affecting the quality of the concentrate. Then, of course, there are targeted pressing techniques that can yield specialized results. For instance, if you want to press rosin into THC-a, you would need to opt for lower temperatures and much longer pressing times.
For more information about the exact steps involved, be sure to check out our full guide, How to Press Kief Into Rosin.
Initial Investment in a Dry Sift Rosin Setup
Now, let’s talk numbers. How much does it cost to install a dry sift rosin setup?
- Original Resinator. Once your buds are dried, the most effective and efficient way to trim the flowers and collect dry sift (aka pollen) from your trimmed dried buds is using a cold-temperature tumbler like the Original Resinator. You can get started for as little as $6,380 for a small-batch model.
- The Original Resinator OG can process up to 3 pounds of trim per cycle. We recommend picking up an extra set of OG drum screens and an extra drum kit to go along with your Resinator.
- The Original Resinator XL can process up to 14 pounds of trim per cycle. Make sure to get the extra drum kit as well as XL trim and dry sift screens with it.
- The Original Resinator XLS Pro is also hitting the market, which includes programmability, automation and key features like a glycol-cooled jacketed chamber and rugged stainless steel construction allowing for use with not only liquid CO2 but Liquid Nitrogen as well. You can inquire about pre-ordering this model through our contact page.
- Accessories. Food-grade and anti-bacterial collection accessories, such as those in our collection tool kit, are essential for the sifting stage. Our collection kit includes:
- A large hand scraper
- A small flexi scraper
- A large flexi scraper
- Hand scoops
- A round collection bowl
- A soft-bristled brush
Aside from collection tools, you’ll also need a CO2 monitor and a CO2 cylinder (the latter of which you can rent from your local gas supplier). To separate the pure resin glands from the unwanted plant material, you’ll need something that can create static electricity. You can purchase a paint roller for about $10 to $15.
- Rosin Press. For pressing the dry sift to make rosin, you’ll need a rosin press. In our selection of processing equipment, we offer the Helix Pro 5-Ton Manual Rosin Press by PurePressure starting at $3,955, the Pikes Peak V2 Press by PurePressure starting at $8,095, and the Longs Peak Rosin Press by PurePressure starting at $9,495. You can also grab a solventless bundle that contains all of the processing equipment on this list in a single turnkey package.
- Freeze dryer. Dry sift is made using trim or flowers that have already been dried and cured. While you can dry and cure your buds traditionally, a freeze dryer such as the Harvest Right Pharmaceutical Freeze Dryer dries fresh cannabis flowers in as little as 16-24 hours with no loss in size and a maximum of 1% loss of cannabinoids and terpenes. A freeze dryer is optional if you’re working with dry sift, but it’s essential if you plan to incorporate live sift. A quality freeze dryer will run you about $10,000 or more.
With this type of solventless setup, you can get everything you need for as little as $20,000—or up to $30-$50,000 if you want some extra bells and whistles. Considering that solvent-based or hydrocarbon setups using high pressure closed loop systems regularly run into six-digit and seven-digit figures, this is a comparatively small investment with equal if not greater potential returns. This is especially true when you consider how solventless SKUs can fetch a higher price point to end consumers throughout dispensaries worldwide.
Get More Out of Each Cannabis Plant with Dry Sift Rosin
When you’re already set up as a grower or grower-processor, adding dry sifting and pressing to your operation allows you to generate additional revenue streams for a comparatively small initial investment. You’ll be turning stash to cash!
Whether you dry your flower traditionally or use a freeze dryer to speed up the process, separating the trichomes cleanly from your trim with cryo-technology and pressing them to extract high-quality rosin allows you to create a more diversified portfolio of SKUs. That means more customers and more cash!