Controlling the Process from Start to Finish, Brindle Farms Creates Quality Live Rosin
Touching every plant, maintaining high standards, and an involvement in every part of the process from genetic selection through cultivation to extraction—that’s how Brindle Farms (brindlefarms.com) creates a superior live rosin product. Live Rosin made from bubble hash is the niche they are focused on. They grow what they like and produce what they want to consume.
Driven to discover, cultivate and extract the finest resin possible.
Brennan and Wayne of Brindle Farms waited patiently for the right opportunity to take their brand to the next level.
Foreseeing the legalization of a recreational market in Canada, they purchased real estate in Sooke, BC that already had zoning in place for commercial cannabis production. They threw all their passion and energy into it and are excited to get their products out across the country and into the hands of connoisseurs.
As owner-operators, they own the company and the land. They participate in every aspect of the process, and they don’t have other employees—just the two of them. They work seven days a week. They each wake up, walk their dog, have breakfast, and meet at the grow. They work efficiently each day, so they have time to go fishing and hiking, but they’re there for the plants every single day.
Their facility has only about 1,000 square feet of flowering canopy, but there is room to expand. It’s located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island.
They started growing about 10 years ago after each graduating from university as history majors. As medical users, they were generally unsatisfied with the quality of available cannabis products. As avid users and connoisseurs, they sought access to the best, so they decided to take matters into their own hands. Through intensive involvement in underground cannabis forums and continuous research fueled by interest and intrigue, they developed a cultivation methodology based on quality over everything.
Obtaining a recreational cultivation license was a huge achievement. Following over 10 years of involvement in the Canadian medical cannabis industry, not wanting their names attached to their work and waiting patiently for the right opportunity, it took two and a half additional years to get approved to cultivate for taxable sales.
Brennan and Wayne have over 20 years of collective cultivation experience. They work well together and are very resourceful. Through years of research and experimentation, they’ve found a niche that they’re passionate about.
They are an extract-focused company. They select genetics, and develop cultivation strategies solely focused on the development of high quality resin poised for extraction. Everything they grow is harvested fresh, and instantly frozen. Once tested the product is sent to their processor, where they personally extract the flower into Live Rosin. That’s their sole focus.
Cannabis was the impetus for them to learn about cultivation. There’s a thousand different ways to grow cannabis successfully. The grower must follow a school of thought, a group of decisions, to determine their intentions and decisions which influence growing techniques and results. Their style is scalable and allows a small number of people to be intimately involved with the plants without relying on laborers. They are in a small market of those cultivating cannabis specifically for hash extraction on a small scale.
Brindle Farms is professional, clean, and independent, and they want their customers to know that and appreciate how that influences their high-quality end product. They do everything themselves. They are detailed and part of every step of the production process. They focus on quality over quantity. This all takes a lot of work. They have endless responsibilities as owner-operators. Here’s some things they do each day:
- Keep logs of plants, orders, waste, etc.
- Check everything to make sure it’s working.
- Check and manipulate plants as needed.
- Check for bug potential.
- Clean and mop.
- Forms, forms, forms.
Many of their tasks are automated, such as irrigation and nutrient mixing. When they are not onsite, there is remote monitoring for moisture content, lighting, and temperature. If something is off, then they get a text message to alert them so they can deal with it immediately. Brennan lives on site to offer 24/7 availability to the plants and the ability to tend to inevitable issues instantly. They are excited about the cultivation and are constantly researching new equipment. It’s expensive, but worth it to help make the best product possible.
Many of their tasks are regimented because there are forms for it anyway—daily forms and a weekly tally of forms. There’s a form for everything they do. This ensures that they don’t fall behind or forget to do anything. It also ensures cleanliness is maintained.
This is all so important to be done meticulously because any mistake can derail the process. Most issues do not randomly occur. Things happen that lead up to those mistakes. By knowing the facility inside-out, they can mitigate issues and do things to prevent them. They avoid many things by caring about their success and being aware of everything happening in the facility.
The grow cycle at Brindle Farms is about three months from start to finish. The goal is 6 kg of live rosin per crop cycle, and each cycle is 11-12 weeks. So there are about four cycles per year, which amounts to about 25 kg of live rosin per year. They don’t harvest at eight weeks like many other facilities, but they take their time to ensure a clean superior final product.
So what exactly is the process for producing live rosin?
There are multiple steps involved in the extraction of Brindle Farm’s live rosin. The process begins with a careful and meticulous harvest into small parcels to be immediately frozen in the walk-in freezer directly attached to their grow room. A certain amount is taken out that fits into the processing machine. It’s put into a wash basin, which is a large stainless-steel vessel that holds the cannabis, water, and ice. At Brindle Farms, all agitation and stirring by hand. In the vessel there is a large filter that allows all the hash to fall; gravity results in the resin falling below the bottom screen. They drain the water through a set of different sized filters stacked on top of each other. Each filter catches a different size resin. There’s a sweet spot of quality where the resin is not too big and not too small. After the filtering, it comes out looking like wet peanut butter. It’s spread on trays and put in a freeze drier, which removes all remaining moisture. When it comes out, it gets sieved, at which point it looks like white powder. That’s what’s called bubble hash. That bubble hash could be sold like that, but Brindle Farms takes that bubble hash, puts it in small filter bags, and presses it on the rosin press to extract the oils from the trichome heads. When they press the rosin from the bubble hash, they’re removing that last bit of contaminant from the extract. (After that they do some secret post-processing stuff) Finally, the product is put into grams and marketed or put into vape pen cartridges and marketed.
If something doesn’t meet their standards, they destroy it. They don’t sell things that they wouldn’t consume themselves.
The process of solventless extraction is not a secret. In fact it’s becoming quite popular. Many people are doing it because it’s so cheap and easy to do. You just need filters, ice and water. The key to creating top tier extracts is growing the best cannabis possible and then putting it through this process. Others may not extract the same type of materials. These steps could be followed with low-quality material, and the hash would look dark. Hash is often a technique that’s used to save a failed crop, hide something that went wrong, or as a use for something harvested too early. Brindle farms is one of the few Canadian companies that are cultivating and extracting their own material themselves.
How does Brindle Farms stand out?
They care about extracts. Their genetic selection and cultivation strategies have always been about making high-quality, pure extracts. Their end goal is to offer a pure, unadulterated experience—nothing harsh— They do this without chemicals or additives.
Their style is much less aggressive than other growers—for example, the temperature in their grow room doesn’t ever go over 80°F. This results in the buds being smaller, but the resin will be better. They don’t care if there is less cannabis material biomass. They say that to grow quality resin, it’s best not to push the plants too hard.
They use a chemical-free process. There are no flammable solvents involved, so there is no need to worry about protection from hazards while extracting the material or about potential impurities being left in the hash for the consumers. Those possibilities are removed by using only ice and water. The end result for the consumer is a very potent, clean, and palatable product that is a true expression of what the plant smells like in the flower room.
Live Rosis is considered by many to be the highest echelon of a plant’s expression as high-quality hashish. That’s what’s steering consumers away from traditionally derived hash and hash oil, in favor of products such as those produced by Brindle Farms.
It’s rare for Cannabis companies to cultivate the highest-quality resin possible and then choose to make it exclusively into hash. If you’ve grown really good weed, you could just sell it as is, and possibly make more money. Cultivation for the purpose of producing Live Rosin is a process you have to intensively understand to get consistent results. Brindle Farms had to figure out what genetic variations make the best hash, and how to grow them consistently to get desirable results every time. Over time they have assembled an admirable stable of genetics, and have created product lines that stand out as some of the best in Canada. That’s what they want to be known for. Brennan says, “We think we’ve really been able to harness a consistent, high-quality result that’s very difficult to achieve on a scale like this.” (17:10)
Brindle Farms are among only a few that are cultivating cannabis specifically for hash extraction on a small scale—and doing that extraction themselves. They handle the process from start to finish, which gives them an awareness to tweak variables from beginning to end and to see how it all interplays together. It’s uncertain if there are any other Canadian companies doing that. Conclusively, They’re not trying to compete with quantity-based growers. “We felt like we were insulating ourselves against competition by focusing on something slightly more difficult to achieve success on,” (15:25)
Brindle Farms is staying true to creating products that make them happiest as consumers—not what makes them the most money as business owners. They’ve had many opportunities to dilute the quality to make more money. However, then they would end up just like every other brand that has no loyalty because they don’t produce quality. They are determined to be the brand to choose if you want the best of the best.
Connoisseurs care about potency, flavors, smoothness, and the overall experience of them. Live Rosin is the truest expression of the cannabis strain in its live form. It is not affected by contaminants that might make it taste bad or make you cough in a bad way. The difference is visual, and it is much smoother. This is not for the occasional consumer, it’s for connoisseurs who care about the flavor and smoothness as well as the overall experience. Their products will have a high price, although people who are willing to pay have a reason—they support the brand and want to experience the best hash products in Canada.
Brindle Farms is excited to have this opportunity to create live rosin in a legal way—to get their product out across the country to people who care. They’re excited to connect with the customers to find out what they like, what is popular, and what they don’t like and to be able to tailor their production around that. They are determined to build a brand focused on consistency and quality, as they were known for in their legacy. Their product would never last long in medicinal dispensaries because it was so good, and they are determined to keep that unchanged.