And what about combining a vinegar extract with an alcohol extract? Or all three?
And - if I'm using 80 proof alcohol instead of 100 proof, does it have enough extra water to catch some of those goodies that aren't alcohol-soluble?
There are some herbs that just refuse to extract into honey, so into water, oil or alcohol first...sometimes water and alcohol then into honey.
I read that sometimes one would want to soak herb in water first just to get rid of any useless constituents ...huh? I'm of the opinion there aren't any 'useless' constituents in plants, they are WHOLE.
But I meant to come back earlier to say, Lady Alinor, that I'm really surprised too that somebody would suggest soaking in water to get rid of what is "useless." I've always understood that water gets out all the best, and that the only reason to extract any other way is that infusions don't last very long and extracts in alcohol or vinegar or honey do last. So what was the suggestion, throw out the water after infusing? Seems very strange.
As for a Water infusion and an alcohol infusion, unless you are using pure 95%+ alcohol such as Everclear(tm) or similar product to make your tinctures, regular 80-100 proof vodka is already half water, and yes will extract both the water-soluable and the alcohol-soluble alkaloids and minerals and "goodness" all together. Hmmm......
Granted, I can see some benefit in possibly making an ancohol tincture and then mixing it with an infusion to either boost the "medicine" of the infusion and/or cut the taste perhaps... (like an extra espresso shot in a Caffe Americano!) But I'm not sure in which cases that would be preferred or best utilized, personally. Kinda a neat idea I never considered though.
I'll be following this thread with interest now.
Anyway, I took my first dose of the chaga double extract this morning (a dropperful in water), since I'm a bit under the weather. We'll see!
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