If you use a grinder, you know how frustrating it is to see a ton of kief stuck in the cracks, crevices, and the screen.
The delicious kief that you collect doesn’t want to fall out. It lodges between the teeth of your grinder, sticks to the walls, and generally makes it a pain in the butt to get every last bit out. You don’t want to just wash it, that defeats the purpose of saving it in the first place.
If you’re like me, you really want to smoke that, right? But while scraping the grinder with a knife or something doesn’t always work the best, what’s a stoner to do?
The best way to collect kief is to use a 4 piece grinder with kief catcher. All of the best grinders have a special compartment at the very bottom for collecting kief. You simply place your buds in the uppermost chamber where the teeth are and turn the grinder repeatedly. As it breaks up the buds they fall onto a middle layer with a screen and any loose pollen crystals, or kief, fall through the screen and into the kief catcher. Over time the kief builds up and you can collect it.
When grinding your herbs, keep the grinder upside down for the first few turns. This is to ensure your herbs are ground completely- this does not produce optimal smoking consistency, it creates a powdery herb that dries quickly and compresses easily, very bad to roll, very good for kief). Make sure you keep a good grip on the lid from the bottom. If you slip your grinder will open and your herbs will scatter. Magnetic grinders are very helpful in this spot.
Coin method – Take a ) coin and drop it in your herb collection chamber (middle tray). After you’ve ground your herbs, shake the grinder in a circular motion, sliding the coin around the bottom. It will easily roll around the inside of the grinder, sliding across your kief screen. This technique pushes more kief crystals through the screen, and agitates the ground herbs to release more ‘pollen’. Larger heavier, non-serrated coins are preferred. Dollar coins work well.
Clean your coin with a dot of dishsoap. Oils on the coin will bind with the kief and make it useless and more keif will stick to the coin itself. These are both bad things.
The last trick is to tap your grinder flat against a table or your leg or palm. the blunt impact loses kief caught in the screen and collects your kief neatly in the tray. This also helps avoid forming grommets of sticky press-hash around the lip of your grinder over time, which make it harder to open and close.
Another method suggest you stick your grinder in the freezer. When trichomes get cold, they get brittle. By getting the grinder nice and cold, the trichomes will break off of the metal and gather in the kief chamber (if you have one). The longer that you leave the grinder in the freezer, the better chance you have of getting more trichomes. If the kief is still stuck in some hard to reach places, a small, brittle paintbrush will do the trick!
Another way is to take the grinder apart and put it in a jar full of ISO alcohol. Swish the pieces around carefully in the jar and let them sit for a bit. The kief in the grinder will be removed by the alcohol. Once you have let it sit for a bit, you can take the alcohol and pour it in to a Pyrex dish. Let the alcohol evaporate in the dish until all that’s left is the kief from the grinder. Scrape it up and you can top a bowl off with it or just smoke it straight. Just be sure that you let the alcohol evaporate fully before smoking!
Even if you only get enough to top a bowl, the potency of the kief is sure to make you high as a kite. If you want, you can always store this product for later use, or a dry spell. Most people tend to smoke it right away, after doing the amount of work required to get the concentrate. Enjoy your clean grinder and your kief!