Stoner MacGyver marijuana product review: Sean's 1000 Watt all-mesh filter bags

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The general idea behind Sean's 1000 Watt hash bags is nothing new. There's at least a half-dozen companies making similar icewater extraction bags and filter products right now. But for the Denver-based company, the all-mesh design is a major improvement over its first-generation bags.

What is it, dude? Sean's 1000 Watt all-mesh filter bags (25, 73, 90, 160 and 220 micron).

How much coin will it run me? $80-$120 for five bag, five gallon set. 220 micron bag for dry ice extraction sold separately as well.

Where can I get one? Rocky Mountain Hydroponics, Cultivate, Freaky's, Way to Grow.

For those that don't know how icewater hash is made, here's the long and short of it. First, you mix trim or bud with frigid icewater and mix it around, breaking up the trichomes (crystals). That icewater mixture is then filtered through a series of screens -- each with a smaller micron level than the last -- to pick up different sized trichome pieces.

In this case, the screens are bags that you put into a standard Home Depot five-gallon bucket, one inside the other from smallest to largest. As you remove the bags from the bucket one-by-one, leaving the water behind, you are left with different levels of hash. For a more detailed rundown, check out our Tips for better hash from Colorado's best. I'm hardly an expert on hash making or hash bags, but from the standpoint of a regular Joe Patient like myself who gets his hands on some cheap or free trim from good friends, these things are pretty much foolproof.

I did my mixing and stirring of the buds in one bucket. In all, I used about ten pounds of ice and three gallons of water for about two ounces of Sour Diesel from a longtime Mile Highs and Lows friend, Wolf. My mixture was probably overkill considering how little trim I was using, but I wanted to test how well the bags drained.

The original Sean's 1000 Watt bags only had screens on the bottom. The bulk of the bag was made of thick, colored synthetic canvas that didn't allow much water through. The drawback was that it forced all of the water and hash through the dessert-plate-sized screen at the bottom. The more fine the screens became and the more sediment being pulled, the longer it took for water to drain. Frustrated people would force the water out (bad) instead of waiting for it to drain naturally with gravity (good). The new bags avoid that problem altogether.

By making the bags all mesh, the guys at Sean's 1000 Watt have made it much easier to pull the bags up and drain out the water. With the larger screens, there's no resistance whatsoever and water flows like a faucet. Even the 25 micron bag -- which can be a bitch to drain without succumbing to the urge to squeeze out the water -- dripped through cleanly. By grabbing two sides of the bag and rolling the water inside, the process could be sped up even more. Any hash stuck to the sides of the bag rinsed down to the bottom with a little dousing of ice cold distilled water from a clean source. Likewise, the mesh bags are more easily turned inside-out, so you can remove the hash with your spoon. I didn't do my mixing in the bags themselves for fear of damaging the screens with any sharp pieces of ice or errant stems. Some people don't take that extra step, and I'm sure the bags could take the abuse, but I wanted to avoid that possibility. I did pour the ice/water/trim mixture into the 220 bag and let it filter from there and had no problems with it holding the weight.

Cleaning the bags was a lot easier as well, and they dried within minutes of using them with a good shakeout of the water. The old set of bags I've been using developed a mildew smell after their last use when I didn't properly dry the canvas.

One bag test I didn't get to try was the dry ice method, in which you put your trim and dry ice pellets in the stirring bucket, cover the top of the bucket by putting the bag on backwards and then shaking the contents around over a table. The results are almost instant and pretty damn amazing. I've used the old bags for that, and they did just fine.

I've been assured by the company's owners that the mesh bags can take it and they do have a lifetime warranty. Still, I would still be wary of stretching them out too much by pulling them over the bucket. Sean's 1000 Watt sells just the 220 micron bag specifically for use in the dry ice method, so I guess replacing one if you did break it wouldn't be that much of a hassle.

Even as a novice, I was able to come up with something that I actually enjoyed smoking (and not just for the novelty of making it myself). True, a lot of it came from following tips from Selecta Nik, but the Sean's 1000 Watt mesh bags make it extremely easy and less time-consuming to complete the whole process. The bags sell for around $80 at a number of grow shops and head shops around town. They should end up paying for themselves after a few uses.

Stoner MacGyver is our quasi-regular medical marijuana product review column featuring new, creative and artistic smoking accessories and pipes. We can't guarantee all products sent in will be reviewed, but if you've got something you think is the greatest invention since sliced pot-bread, send us an e-mail at marijuana@westword.com

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