Nebraska Company Building The Largest Ice Water Extraction Facility In The U.S. For Hemp Processing
The largest ice water extraction facility in the U.S. will soon be the about-to-open 16,000-square-foot hemp processing plant owned by the Sweetwater Hemp Company. Rory Cruise, the CEO, mentioned that the plant will have two extraction lines and will process fresh, frozen, and dried buds. Usually, the hemp processing plants use solvents such as carbon dioxide, butane, or ethanol to extract the cannabinoids CBD or CBG. Due to COVID pandemic, things have been delayed and processing will start sometime in January.
There will be two 2,000-liter systems, which will allow identity-preserved batches based on CBD or CBG and different plant genetics and markets.
The processing will start by mixing 133 pounds of buds with 600 pounds of ice and water that is kept right at freezing temperature. The reason for this is that the ice and water keeps the trichomes and plant material from sticking together. A sifter removes the biomass and what remains is “bubble hash,” a combination of CBD trichomes and terpenes that give flowers and herbs their fragrance and flavor. The bubble hash is melted down later in a “terp reactor” and mixed with coconut or golden hemp seed oil. Keeping the THC levels low will not be a problem here since freezing temperatures will do that anyway. In addition to the 900 plants Cruise has in his family’s Sprout House greenhouse, he will require 450 acres of buds for operations throughout the year. Cruise also has plans to change the genetics to learn more about hemp genetics.
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