2022 Harvesting Waxes

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Recapture the wastes by dissolving in 91% ISO then proceed to distilling. Heating the solution will speed up dissolving the muck.Waxes, phospholipids and free fatty acids redissolve in warm 91% isopropyl.

You can save the gunky phospholipids in one jar, liquid alcohol and dissolved waxes in another for different uses of La Brea. This lets you refine the different lipid partitions separately or all together. You can collect all this for months until there is sufficient quantity to process. You determine what gets saved and how it is divided up. THC and CBD, IE, washes can be mixed or kept separate.


  1. Fill a 2L/2Q Mason jar half full with the saved fluids. Process 1L/1Q of waste water at a time. Repeat until no more waste water Room is needed in the jar for additional alcohol and brine. 2L/2Q Mason jar is easy to handle. Gallon jars may be too unwieldy.

  2. Add 250ml/1cup 91% isopropyl alcohol. Fresh alcohol dissolves the lipids. 91% is fine, save the 99% for extractions. Warm alcohol works best.

  3. Add 250ml/1cup hot brine. Add 30g/1oz more salt to super saturate the water. Adding salt continues pushing for water/alcohol separation. The brine starts a 2nd Salting-Out of the alcohol.

  4. Shake hard for 10 seconds. Dissolve all lipids back into the alcohol. Use gloves if the jar is hot. Strong shear forces help.

  5. Let settle for 2 minutes. The alcohol and brine will separate. Isopropyl’s Super Power at work.. Salting-Out is useful once again.

  6. Siphon off the alcohol. Once siphoned off, add 128ml/½cup of water to the alcohol. The water absorbs any salt. The water creates a lime green emulsion. This emulsion will be boiled out,back to clear water during reduction. You may skip adding water if you’re okay with salt in the La Brea.

  7. Boil out the alcohol. As the alcohol evaporates, the water will clarify and oil/tar will float on the surface. Once clear, add ice to cool below 10c/50f to thicken the oil/tar. Heat first, then cool to stiffen the oil/tar.

  8. Dump the salty water, rinse the oil/tar last chance to remove salt. This is very similar to the final reduction seen above.

  9. Continue Boiling down to final La Brea. La Brea!!! Great for lotions, lip balms and denture adhesive. Add drops of MCT oil to help make the waxy final tar pliable.


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WARNING: Never distill alcohol near open flame. Alcohol vapors are highly flammable so always distill in well ventilated spaces.

This oil is appropriate for oral ingesting and vaping. Due to the potential of residual salts, do not torch this oil. Torch temperatures can reach over 760c/1400f and can vaporize any residual salts.

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