everclear vs. vodka for making tinctures

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BarbaraJean
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everclear vs. vodka for making tinctures

Postby BarbaraJean » Sat Feb 06, 2016 10:37 am

I have not been able to find locally (long island) a "no frills" vodka for the preparation of my tinctures. The liquour stores have recommended Everclear which is 190 proof or 95% alcohol. Is this acceptable or must I use vodka exclusively?

ItalianBee
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Re: everclear vs. vodka for making tinctures

Postby ItalianBee » Sat Feb 06, 2016 5:07 pm

I've never used Everclear but I understand that lots of people do; and I gather from people who've used it that you would dilute it 50-50 with good water.

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Re: everclear vs. vodka for making tinctures

Postby BarbaraJean » Sun Feb 07, 2016 2:11 pm

Thank you. Will buy Everclear and distilled water for next batch :)

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Re: everclear vs. vodka for making tinctures

Postby NateFlory » Mon Feb 08, 2016 9:07 am

Yes, that is what I have done with good results. Sometimes, if I am unable to find a good 100-proof vodka, I mix a bit of "190+" in with the cheaper 80-proof vodka, though that winds up with two bottles... which is perfect for keeping one for 'high-octane' martinis/mixers and one for medicines. ;)

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Re: everclear vs. vodka for making tinctures

Postby Lady Alinor » Wed Feb 10, 2016 7:17 pm

When I tincture tough roots and barks I prefer the Everclear. (wish it wasn't sooooo nasty :? )

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Re: everclear vs. vodka for making tinctures

Postby RoseRed » Thu Feb 11, 2016 9:15 am

LadyA!!!! Good to see you! How have been?

Kezzie
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Re: everclear vs. vodka for making tinctures

Postby Kezzie » Thu Feb 11, 2016 3:55 pm

Another option for those who really do NOT like the taste of vodka, or everclear is brandy. Brandy make rather a luxurious tincture.

ItalianBee
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Re: everclear vs. vodka for making tinctures

Postby ItalianBee » Sun Feb 14, 2016 5:15 pm

Kezzie wrote:Another option for those who really do NOT like the taste of vodka, or everclear is brandy. Brandy make rather a luxurious tincture.


I LOVE brandy for tinctures. I keep a vial of thyme tinctured in brandy for when my soul needs soothing.

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Re: everclear vs. vodka for making tinctures

Postby WhiteHorse » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:22 pm

I prefer brandy myself. although it is only 80 proof I find it is making very nice tinctures. One of my clients recently got a job at a local distillery and they make 100 proof moonshine. I've started using it and I like it very much!

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Re: everclear vs. vodka for making tinctures

Postby Lady Alinor » Thu Jan 11, 2018 9:46 am

I've never tasted Moonshine, what is its flavor or essence like?


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