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A work cube is a type of work bag used for washing bubble hash. Work bags are made with 220 micron nylon filters and hold the cannabis material while it's mixed with ice water. Although work bags are traditionally in the same open bucket-like shape as the other wash bags in the set, work cubes are made with 90 degree edges and are closable with a zipper around the top. Work cubes are also constructed using only 220 micron mesh, so the entire container acts as a filter allowing trichomes to pass through, while the bulk of the cannabis material remains inside.
Extractors place cannabis flowers or trim leaves inside the work cube, zip it closed, then drop it into the agitator or washing machine. While it's possible to use work cubes for hand-mixing bubble hash, they are most commonly used in washing machines. Learn more about how to use a work cube in the article How To Use a Work Cube for Washing Bubble Hash.
Work cubes are great because they make cleanup easier after washing. Rather than having a bunch of loose cannabis material floating around inside the washing machine, work cubes contain the material throughout the process. They also provide the preliminary round of filtration at the same time that mixing occurs, so you don't have to drain the hash water through a 220 micron bag after mixing.
Lets look at some pros and cons of using a work cube vs not using a work cube for washing bubble hash.
Using a Work Cube for Washing Bubble Hash
- Makes cleanup easier
- Saves time by providing filtration through the 220 micron while mixing
- Multiple bags can be used in the same agitator or washing machine
- 90-degree edges increase the tumbling effect while mixing
- Not ideal for hand mixing since it can be harder to achieve a vortex in the water
- Potential to over-stuff the bags with material and reduce the effectiveness of agitation
Not Using a Work Cube for Washing Bubble Hash
- When hand mixing, makes it easier to achieve a vortex in the water without a work cube
- Avoids purchasing a separate piece of equipment
- Packing material too tightly inside the work bag is a non issue
- Washing machine cleanup is much more tedious without a work cube
- You have to drain water through a 220 micron bag after mixing
The benefits of using work cubes outweigh the negatives, especially when you're using a washing machine. Be sure not to overfill the work cubes with cannabis material, as it needs to be able to move around freely inside the cube. You can use multiple cubes in one washing machine if needed.
Not sure whether to hand wash or machine wash bubble hash? Check out our article Hand Washing vs Machine Washing Bubble Hash.
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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Should I use a work cube for washing bubble hash?
If you're mixing in a washing machine, work cubes are a great idea.
What's the benefit of using a work cube for washing bubble hash?
One of the main benefits is that it makes cleanup easier after washing.
Can you use a work cube for hand mixing?
Yes, however be sure to use an extra large mixing vessel so you can still create a vortex in the water.
What are the downsides of using a work cube?
There's potential to over-fill the cubes with material, which is a downside. Also, if you're hand mixing, it can be harder to achieve a vortex in the water with a work cube.
What size work cubes should I use?
Use 6-inch work cubes in a 5 gallon mixing vessel and 12-inch work cubes in larger mixing vessels.