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When making a butter which will be infused hot, are there any ways to minimize or control the flavor compounds which will be extracted? I would like to make a cannabis butter, but to maximize it's culinary versatility, I'd like to extract as little flavor as possible, or at least be able to control the levels of specific flavors that are extracted (herbal, fruity, citrusy, etc).

(In case this is a touchy subject for anyone, this is legal where I live.)

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Wouldn't reduced flavor (I agree, the flavor is NOT nice) also reduce the potency? I've had better luck masking the flavor with other strong flavors, particularly heat. – Jolenealaska Sep 26 '13 at 0:19
@Jolenealaska I was kind of hoping that perhaps the other active compounds might extract at different temperatures than the flavor compounds or something. Or maybe something would be more soluble in acids or alcohol or something. Barring that, strong flavors are my plan. – SourDoh Sep 26 '13 at 15:07
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Flavour infusion is mostly a chemical process and without some serious tools, chemistry, and knowledge you'll have tough time dictating what you want infused. Sort of like sending a bunch of kids to a Smarties jar and hoping the blue ones are left behind.

As time progresses more and more compounds that can dissolve in butter do, and with more concentration.

The best suggestion I have is to experiment with different lengths of time at different temperatures (freezer even) in the hopes that the ones you'd like to keep away are bigger and take longer to dissolve.

Your other option is to do the opposite and dissolve the stuff you don't want in water or another butter batch and once you have a good base, infuse a fresh batch of butter with the remaining (good flavours). Though given your base herb this may be undesired.

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Thank you. I'm hoping someone has some experience with which flavors extract at which temperatures/times (or that anyone will admit to such experience) – SourDoh Jul 31 '13 at 21:20

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