How to use the Extractor:
- Ice cores must be prepared in advance before using the extractor. Place an ice core mold upright in the stand; place screw with nut leaving 5/8 inch clearance through disk then pressing into center of insulator. Fill the ice mold with 230mL of water. Place in freezer and allow at least 24 hours for solid ice to form.
- Place the lower shield in the center of the glasscontainer. Put approximately 50-200 grams of fresh or re-hydrated plant material into the container surrounding the lower shield. Place the 250 mL beaker into the lower shield. Place the upper shield into position, resting level on the rim of the glass container.
- Allow frozen ice core to thaw for 30 minutes at room temperature to avoid cracking.Slowly remove the ice core from the ice core mold. Remove the white disk from the ice core. Suspend the ice core from the inside of the lid and secure by screwing on the lid’s knob. Place the lid with the ice core onto the unit.
- Fill the provided mug 3/4 full with water.Place the silicone pad on the turn table inside the microwave. Finally, place the extractor on the pad with the mug next to it and select 900W on the microwave and run for 6-8 minutes.
It is important for some ice to remain at the end of the run to ensure all the residual vapors condense. An excess of ice could indicate a longer run time is needed, not enough plant material was used, or the plant material is too dry.
- After the heating, let the extractor cool before removing from the microwave. Caution: do not touch it with your bare hands. After removing, let the unit cool for an additional 15 minutes before opening. This will allow time for any residual vapors to condense. Do not place the extractor on a cold surface or in cold water while it is hot as this can increase the risk of the glass container cracking.
- Remove the lid and upper shield. Carefully level surface. Oil will be floating as a thin film on the surface of the condensate. Carefully pour the first 1/4 liquid into the 50 mL volumetric flask in one slow and continuous motion. Fill most of the neck of the flask. Approximately 95% of the available oil should pour out in the initial separation.
Use a pipette to carefully draw off the oil. Transfer the oil to a glass vial for storage