What would be the ideal temp and time when pressing?
Thanks for the question!
The ideal temperatures should be the following:
Lower temperatures (200°F- 300°F) = more flavor/terpenes, less yield, end material is more stable (shatter-like consistency)
Higher temperatures (300°F- 350°F) = less flavor/terpenes, more yield, end material is less stable (sap-like consistency)
Time when pressing:
Flower = 15-60 seconds
Good Quality Sift/Bubble = 30-90 seconds
Average to Low Quality Sift/Bubble = 30-90 seconds
(These are just rough numbers and your results may vary)
For more info, check out our Rosin Press Guide
What other equipment is needed other than the air compressor?
Great question! The air compressor is only needed for the optional foot pump. If you decide to get either the electric or hand pump, there is no need for any other equipment.
What is the best air compressor to use with the press?
Thanks for the question.
Generally, any size air compressor will work as long as it has the capability of 110 psi.
That being said, there are a few recommendations:
$99 - Porter-Cable 6 Gal. 150 PSI Portable Air Compressor
$299 - Husky 30 Gal. 175 psi High Performance Quiet Portable Electric Air Compressor
$399 - California Air Tools 15 Gal. 2.0 HP Ultra Quiet and Oil-Free Air Compressor
$439 - Husky 30 Gal. 155 psi Ultra-Quiet Portable Electric Air Compressor
I've been using the Sasquash for the past month. It has taken a bit to dial in the optimal amount of kief to process at a time, with the optimal temperature, pressure, and duration to get the best extraction, but now that we've done that, it is working well for our small commercial application.
There are a severak things I would point out: it didn't come with a pressure gauge, which I would strongly encourage folks to buy; there were no instructions on the temperature controls, but that was fairly easy to figure out; the cost of squash bags can add up quickly if you don't optimize the amount of kief or flower in each bag.
I have tried most of the other oil extraction techniques and this meets our needs better than others I have tried.