Ok, here’s the photo journal of my first percolation experience.
Here is the Ret Root that I used. I ground it up in the Vitamix as fine as I could (which wasn’t very fine, so I was worried about how it would turn out). Then I mixed in enough alcohol to moisten it and let it sit in a sealed jar for 24 hours.
After 24 hours, I shaped a coffee filter into a cone and lightly packed 1/3 of the herb powder into it. Then I placed the herb cone into the glass percolator cone and packed the rest of the herb into it. Then I cut out a circle of the coffee filter the right size to fit over the herb. This is used to keep all the powder from floating up in the alcohol. You want the herbs to stay evenly packed. I placed a nice stone/crystal on top to keep the paper circle in place.
Next, screw the top back on the bottle/percolator cone (or make sure it is on when you start the process) and place the cone in a mason jar.
Pour the alcohol gently onto the stone/circle.
Here’s a picture of the inside of the cone once I poured the alcohol.
Loosen the cap just enough to allow the alcohol to drain to the cap, then close it tightly. This makes sure that all the herb is in contact with some alcohol. Now cover it with plastic and let it macerate for 12-24 hours.
After it has macerated, loosen the cap enough to get a drip flow of about 1 drop every 3 seconds. Here are the first drops that came out. They are the strongest and most potent. The last drop that comes through tastes just like the alcohol and has very little of the herb medicine left in it. It’s all been extracted. Isn’t that cool? When you think it is done, loosen the cap more and see if the drip continues. When it is all done, take the cap off and let it sit for an hour. Mine took about 5 hours after I began the drip until I took it all apart.
This is my final product. Nice and red!
Here is the cone after I took it out.
And here is what the spent herb looked like.
Now label your tincture and keep it in a cool, dark place!