MyPress Solventless Quick-Start Guide
Welcome! Let’s get started.
Thanks for choosing MyPress! This page will guide you through setup and your first press!
Setup Your MyPress
- Remove your MyPress from the box and set it on a waist-high counter.
- Plug it in! Your unit will pwer on in safe-mode (heat off) and welcome you.
Three things will be visible on the screen:
- Top: Information panel
- Bottom-Left: Programmed temp. (220°F, 104°C)
Note: Your MyPress comes with the pressure pre-calibrated for 1-1.5 grams of flower. This is the optimal amount of material to press to extract the best quality and highest yield, and should not be changed. Take a moment to opena dn close the handle and familiarize yourself with the minor resistance you feel, as this is the perfect calibration.
Temps and Times
With the handle closed and locked, press the top white button once to begin heating. (To turn off heaters, press again.) You will see the real temp number begin to climb to the programmed temp. This should take your MyPress approximately 6-12 minutes to match the programmed and real temps.
Suggested Temperatures for pressing rosin are as follows:
- Powder or dense material: 160° – 180°F
- Flower: 180° – 220°F
- Dated or low-humidity material: 220° – 250°F
These temperatures are approximate and will change depending on your material. You will be using TIME as your variable in fine-tuning your results.
As a loose rule-of-thumb:
Increasing time will mean a greater yield, with reduced quality in aroma.
Decreasing time will mean a greater quality in aroma, with reduced yield.
Prep Your Flower
Cut a strip of parchment paper (<strong>NOT</strong> wax paper) into a piece 3″ x 6″, and fold it in half to make a square.
Place your flower inside of this pouch. Use no more than 1.5 grams. If you have a prepress mold, make sure that the top and bottom are uniformly flat, and that your flower is not too dense. If it is you risk limiting the yield of your flower.
Fold the first crease and each of the two side-edges in towards the center, and then fold back over again, to face outward. The folds should form a Z-shape. This is called an accordion fold. You should be left with an open mouth and a pouch shape to your parchment paper, with three bi-folded edges.
Ready to Press
Now that your MyPress is at your desired temperature, raise the handle fully, and place your pouch made from folded parchment paper with the 1 – 1.5 grams of flower between the plates. The mouth of the pouch should be facing you and overhanging the edge slightly.
Lower the handle until the weight of the top plate is resting on the pouch. Slowly press the handle down over the course of 15-30 seconds with even pressure, giving your material time to warm slightly.
Once you lock the handle into position the timer will start. A typical press will take approximately 90 seconds, though this will vary depending on the necessary conditions for your flower.
Dialing in your Press
For your first press, record the time at which your material begins to express oil. This will be the minimum amount of time you can press and still expect a yield.
Wait until you are satisfied with the results before lifting the handle. This is a highly subjective decision, so make your best guess by listening carefully and watching between the overhanging edges of your pouch.
When you open the handle, the time will pause on the screen. Record this time as well. Depending on your satisfaction, you will use this time to make improvements later.
Collecting Your Freshly Pressed Rosin
- Remove the packet from between your plates immediately after the extraction is complete.
- Use something flat and near freezing cold to set your warm packet on. This will stop the process immediately, preserving terpenes.
- Once cooled, peel open the parchment and remove the extracted chip. Store the chip in an air-tight jar for later.
Using the flat, blunt edge of your collecting tool, scrape the rosin away from the paper and onto the tool until a small amount is collected, being careful not to rip or tear the paper. Once the rosin has begun to collect, you can gently roll this mass over the remaining rosin to collect what’s left. If any small particles of your flower are present, be sure to collect around these.
Once all rosin has been gathered from the paper, gently fold the paper back around the end of the tool and press using your thumb and forefinger together beneath the rosin, working upwards toward the end of your tool. You will be working the rosin off the tool head to gently warm your rosin enough to separate it from the tool and onto the paper.
Alternately, clean the tool by wiping your collected rosin and storing it in a closed, air-tight silicone or glass container for later use.
Shelf Life of Fresh Rosin
The typical window for fresh, post-extraction rosin is approximately 72 hours at room temperature before presentation and texture will begin to degrade noticeably.
Keep in mind that high moisture and heat environments are post-pressed concentrates’ enemies. Cool, dry, lightless environments are rosin’s best friends and will promote longevity.
An air-tight silicone or glass container will help keep rosin cool and prevent contamination from ambient moisture, extending shelf-life to approximately a week.
How to adjust your results to finetune your process.
Now that you have a successful result, try it out. If you wish to improve the flavor presentation, try to reduce your time per press in set increments from your newly recorded time for the next few presses. (-10 seconds is suggested)
If you’re seeking to improve the yield try to then you should increase the amount of time you’re pressing by the same increment for the next few presses. Slowly, as you begin to familiarize yourself with your material and the factors playing into a successful extraction, you will be able to balance the quality you’re seeking with the yield you seek as well.
Contorl for any/all variables
There are many things that factor into a successful extraction. Controlling for each, one-by-one, will give you greater control over the outcome. While not exhaustive, such factors may include:
- Specific/ambient humidity of your flower: 62% is best.
- Genetic predisposition to solventless extraction: some strains are easier than others for pressing
- Poor grade, or porous parchment paper: usually very slippery oil, hard to collect
- Density: If your flower is prepped too densely, you run the risk of limiting its ability to let the oil escape easily when extracting
All Flower is Different
While some flower is incredible on its own, not all flower is receptive to the demands placed upon it by the extraction process. We suggest trying as many different strains, from as many different sources, as you can so as to better understand the process, and work toward fine-tuning your results.
Greater terpene content means a greater potential for benefits.
- For many, the ability to extract easily at home presents unique benefits. Primary among these is the ability to decide upon the degree of terpene retention in your final product.
- Lower temperatures will produce less overall yield, though the final product will have more of the terpenes many seek.
- Higher temps/longer times will increase the yield but limit the terpene retention.
- These key points will likely be most helpful if you’re seeking to use the MyPress for medicinal reasons.
Finally, and most importantly
Record everything. Test, play, experiment.
The better you come to understand the process and your material, the better you’ll master the art of extracting rosin for yourself, on your own terms.
If you have other questions, please reach out to us at any time!