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Canna Cribs: Episode 6:
- Research and Development
- Automation & Security
- Drying and curing
- Compliant Waste Disposal
In this episode, Growershouse owner, Nate, takes viewers on a journey to Denver, Colorado and the House of Dankness. Some of the best strains come from House of Dankness – and no camera crew has ever crossed the threshold into House of Dankness before.
Scott of House of Dankness and Rare Dankness talks to Nate about his upbringing in
Alabama and chasing his dreams in New York. He quickly realized that growing
marijuana was a much safer bet in Colorado, so he and his family moved. He bred
soon discovered that the “rare dankness” captured by his strains were
one-of-a-kind. He entered and won the Cannabis Cup Sativa (something no
American seed had ever won) with his Rare Dankness strain, the name of which
came from the comment of a friend. From there, Scott built the facility House
of Dankness and Pamela built its accompanying dispensary, a high-end dispensary
that some would call the Apple Store of weed.
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As usual, Nate and Scott head into the
cultivation facility, fully clad in their white suits.
Research and Development
The House of Dankness does nutrient and other
kinds of testing, but their main function is making seeds – and it’s something
House of Dankness excels in. They keep this
room separate from the rest of the facility to keep it clean and keep the
pollen from getting to the flowers. In it they’ve got the Fantech Hepa Filtration Unit from the ceiling, keeping the air
clean and fresh.
Here is where Nate points out that anyone
spending time in a grow room should keep their eyes and skin protected! RayWear is a reliable company that
protects from UV, visible, and infrared light radiation. Scott and Nate clad in
their Raywear for their skin and Summer Blue Optics for their eyes, head
into the mother room.
Every single strain comes from the original
creator of Rare Dankness: Scott. He tinkers with seeds and genetics and
cross-breeds different genetics. Ghost
Train Haze is Rare Dankness’ top-selling strain, created with the genetics found in this room. One cool fact about
Ghost Train Haze is its high CBD content — it has 6% CBD when most strains like it have less than 1%!
Adem Peacock, the Veg Quadrant Lead, manages
this well-organized facility. He takes care of the moms, the veg room, and the
clones. 700-1000 cuts rest in their perfect environment.
Nutrients-wise, Peacock uses an in-house nutrient solution, but he also Super Thrive. Then he uses Emerald Harvest pH Down and pH Up to get the pH levels to around
5.5. The room is equipped with Grow Crew T5 Lights. Grodan Rockwool Cubes and Mondi Trays are used as well.
They use a “hardening off” technique to get
their young cuttings used to the humidity by slowly opening up the plastic lids
to their next environment over the course of
10-14 days. The room is kept at 75
degrees F and 65 relative humidity.
Automation & Security
Mike Wolf, Director of Operations, provides a
glimpse into how they prevent powdery mildew and bugs from occurring anywhere
in the facilities. Separate showers, security fobs, scrubbing requirements,
shower requirements, and other cleanliness requirements help keep things safe
and clean. House of Dankness uses Long
Security and Priva to keep an
eye on things.
Mike takes Nate into the veg room, another
amazingly clean room, where he describes the 30-day veg process at House of Dankness. The room uses Hydrofarm Phantom 630 and Dual 315 Lights which are clearly doing their job. The plants get 3-4
feedings per day, using FloraFlex Caps.
The flowering room reunites the viewers with Scott,
who shows off tons of cool products – all
controlled by Priva. This amazing
system considers all aspects of environment
control, meaning fewer employees (and the ability to pay and train workers
better). The lights are Phantom Lights
Double Ends, which they switched to because of better reliability, customer
service, and performance in general. Humidity is
kept at a solid level with Quest
Dual 225 Overhead Dehumidifiers.
Scott’s Puridigm Air Filter keeps the air free of
any mold spores or microbes (one of the reasons there is no powdery mildew to
be found here). There’s also a block of “insurance” rockwool to give the plants a better chance of surviving any
mistakes (Green Diamond Stonewool). Speaking
of mistakes, Scott also uses the insurance group, Emergent Insurance to keep everything running smoothly if an
accident were to occur. He switched to them after other companies tried to take
advantage of their status as a Cannabis business.
Mike and Nate are extremely excited about how
clean the trimming room is. One reason is because
the trimming crew comes in when needed and doesn’t go into the rest of
the facility, preventing outside contamination. TrimCrews and Harvest More
Trim Bins (for hand trimming) help provide a
more comfortable trimming experience, as well as better cleanliness.
The team uses GreenBroz Dry Trimmer (Model
M) for certain products. In fact, the House of Dankness did a beta test of GreenBroz
and were happy with it. The GreenBroz Dry Trimmer is customizable and
efficient, making it an easy solution. As Cullen puts it, the machine has “a
soul without the consciousness.”
Drying and curing
The plants are cut down in the flowering room
and then rolled into the drying room, where they sit for 7-10 days. The team gradually bring the humidity to 50% and the
temperature to about 70 degrees F. The drying room has VRE Racks, which are
ideal for hanging the plant material at
the end. They also use Quest
dehumidifiers. Curing bins are burped once a day, and the buds are checked
daily (or twice per day) as well. This is
done for around two weeks until they’re vacuum sealed.
Compliant Waste Disposal
Kelsey Roger shows Nate the big, blue Franklin Miller Taskmaster TM8500
Industrial Shredder. There needs to be a 50/50 waste-to-trash ratio to
ensure that anyone getting into their trash will end up with unusable materials.
Basically, it mixes rockwool blocks and
other trash with discarded cannabis, grinding it down into useless junk.
Packaging at the House of Dankness is supervised by Alan. The canned
cannabis is packaged with nitrogen, and
it’s kept fresh for quite some time (at least a year) after it’s packaged,
without losing its quality. Alan and his packaging partner use Elements Rolling Papers for their
joints – one of their favorites.
Jeremy Wilburn, Extraction Lead, shows Nate
what goes on in the extraction lab of House of Dankness.
The Incredible Extractor does all
the extractions, which can be used for
all the other product (including vape juice and shatter). The Robot Coupe R30 chops up the flower first
(which is frozen first by the Revco
Ultima II Freezer to -60 or -70 degrees Celsius). The e-Bottles Glass Pucks, though not made specifically for cannabis,are
used mostly for batters and sugars and turn out some delicious edibles.
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Last but not least: The Dispensary! Melissa
Stewart, the manager, shows Nate how things run and what awards they’ve gotten
since 2009 (hint: it’s a great spread of trophies). The backend system is Flowhub, which has top customer service
and helps things run smoothly.
hard-investigatory work, Nate selects a pack of Ghost Train Haze #1, 2014 High
Times’ strongest strain of the year and Melissa’s personal recommendation.
Read Canna Cribs – Episode 6 on I Love Growing Marijuana.