Weight-to-volume tinctures are made by carefully considering two .. (3 oz alcohol and 1 oz water) for a total of 16 oz menstruum at 75%. Explore 10 Canna Dispensary's board "Cannabis Tinctures" on Pinterest. Thursday, February 16, pm Kelly Ann Nickerson, MS will show you how to create an herbal tincture by combining fresh herbs with a solvent.
The only real disadvantages to weight-to-volume tinctures are that it takes effort to learn how to make them properly, and it helps to have a good book or website to guide you. The ratio of marc to menstruum is written as a mathematical ratio, like 1: That means for every 1 part of marc you use 2 parts or 3 parts, or 4 parts of menstruum. So to make a 1: If you have more than 1 ounce of marc, multiply the weight of the marc by the 2nd number in the ratio.
The closest ratio you want to tincture at is 1: The farthest ratio I recommend is 1: It ends up being a waste of herbs and alcohol. The marc gets nicely crushed up into the menstruum and the whole tincture lays down much more quietly in the jar. The second aspect of balance you have to figure out to make a weight-to-volume tincture is the balance between alcohol and water in the menstruum. The concentration of store-bought alcohol is easy to figure out because it is half of the proof, which is written on the label.
This balance between alcohol and water affects how much medicine will dissolve into your tincture, a concept known as solubility. The herbs have a preference for the ideal balance of alcohol and water to get the most well-rounded medicine, which determines the tincture ratio: In some herbs, like echinacea, the medicine is mostly alcohol-soluble; in other herbs, like willow, the medicine is mostly water-soluble.
However, in most herbs the medicine is a nice mix of both alcohol and water soluble constituents; think about all those good medicinal tea herbs that also make nice tinctures, like holy basil, nettles, and dandelion. Those herbs are in the middle of the water-alcohol solubility spectrum. Burdock and elecampane are both examples of herbs that tincture best at lower alcohol concentrations so their water-soluble compounds can play too.
I really like low alcohol tinctures of most roots, like the aforementioned burdock and elecampane, as well as plants that famously love water like willow. Rosemary, echinacea, holy basil, lemon balm, spilanthes and motherwort are good examples here. This is because dried plants have no water in them obviously , so the water-soluble constituents in a dried herb tincture will not dissolve into a pure alcohol menstruum.
I like the control of being able to choose exactly what my concentration is. A fun experiment for nerdy kitchen witches You can magnify the energetics of the medicine you make by using different kinds of alcohol. For very warming tinctures made from dried herbs I recommend brandy or scotch, because the liquors themselves definitely add heat—go ahead and make a prickly ash brandy tincture, then tell me you disagree.
Likewise, cooling tinctures of dried herbs go nicely in gin which is also a tincture, incidentally. A good general rule of thumb is 1: The range I use with dried herbs is generally 1: Again, the high end of the spectrum is for delicate parts of alcohol-loving plants, so a dried echinacea tincture would be 1: The low end of the spectrum is for dense parts of water-loving plants, so a dried willow bark tincture would be 1: Guessing at Solubility Intuition, observation, and experience are the most important tools you have to decide if a new herb is more alcohol-soluble, water-soluble, or in the middle somewhere.
Where does the herb grow—on a dusty, windswept hillside, or on a shady riverbank? Echinacea is native to dry prairies and flourishes where folks still burn their prairie, which is a great example of a dry-loving plant that tinctures at high alcohol concentrations. St Johns wort and bee balm both grow alongside echinacea.
Taste and smell are important indicators of solubility, too. Of course there are plenty of exceptions to all of this and every medicine maker has their own personal preference—this is where experience comes into play: Just Try It The best way to learn is to experiment—tinctures are loose, estimate and adjust as necessary.
In the beginning, make several batches at the same time to gain experience of the different character of the medicine: I often will make 3 or 4 little tinctures of a new plant at different ratios and concentrations to get a sense of what I like the best. While vodka is usually the best choice, you can use brandy instead. This high-proof alcohol acts as a preservative, and if you store your tinctures in a cool, dark place, they can have a shelf life of years.
The reason you should leave a bit of head room in the jar is that you need to cover the plant matter completely with the alcohol—no part of the plants should be exposed to the air. Be sure to stir the dried root well to ensure that it absorbs the liquid. Generally, the ratio of fresh herbs to alcohol is 1: Label your jars and date them, and then let them steep in a cool, dark, dry place. During the first week, give the jar a little shake every day to swish the alcohol around the plant matter and move it around a little bit.
After it has steeped for several weeks, line a fine-mesh strainer with a layer or two of muslin or cheesecloth, and then hold that over your bowl or measuring cup. Pour the tincture over the cloth so that it strains well, pressing gently on the herbs to squeeze out the liquid. You can even gather the sides of the cloth and twist it to really squish out every last drop. Compost the used plant matter, and wash out the cloth to be used again another time. Label each bottle with the herb used, as well as the date decanted, and then store them away from direct sunlight.
You can watch it here. Whether you know it or not, VG is probably part of your daily life, and usually, you should probably try and avoid it whenever possible. While VG is an excellent alternative to alcohol when it comes to making tinctures, its shelf life is much shorter. Vegetable glycerin will store for up to year, as opposed to alcohol, which can last three to four years.
You can keep it in any glass container, but dropper bottles are inexpensive, portable and are an easy way to measure dosage on the go. I keep mine in the refrigerator door, labeled with a cannabis stamp and dosage info. Always remember to store your cannabis infused products out of reach for children, pets and unstable adults. There are a many ways to make a potent vegetable glycerine tincture.
Making Weight-to-Volume Tinctures
A tincture dissolves the herb material and extracts its constituents in the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part “Guides Concerning. Instead of purchasing tinctures from health food shops, you can easily make your An herb of your choice: fresh or dried; A pint jar (16oz) with a tight-fitting lid. Items - of Page 16 | Baldwin's Herbal tinctures are of highest quality & hand picked by the herbalists. Learn about benefits of tinctures from our.