Consuming tinctures made with Everclear can be a difficult experience for some people due to its high alcohol content. However, with a few simple steps, it’s easy to dilute the tincture to make it more palatable. In this article, we will discuss the steps involved in diluting Everclear tincture to make it easier to consume. We will also provide tips and tricks to ensure you get the most out of your diluted tincture. By the end of this article, you will have all the information you need to make the perfect, easy-to-consume tincture.
Are there natural alternatives to Everclear that can be used in tincture?
Yes, there are natural alternatives to Everclear that can be used in tinctures. These alternatives include glycerine, which is a vegetable-based alcohol and is less harsh than Everclear, as well as apple cider vinegar and witch hazel. All of these alternatives can be used as a substitute for Everclear in tinctures, however, the potency of the tincture may be slightly different.
What methods can be used to reduce the amount of Everclear in a tincture?
1. Diluting the Everclear with distilled water can reduce its strength without compromising the potency of the tincture.
2. Adding more herbs or other ingredients to the tincture can reduce the amount of Everclear without watering down the potency.
3. Switching to a less concentrated form of Everclear, such as 151 proof, can also help reduce the amount of alcohol in the tincture.
4. Boiling off some of the Everclear can also reduce its strength, although this method can take a lot of time and energy.
How can I adjust my tincture recipe to make it less strong?
1. To reduce the strength of an Everclear tincture, reduce the amount of Everclear used in the recipe and/or increase the amount of liquid used in the recipe, such as glycerin or water.
2. Another way to reduce the strength of an Everclear tincture is to increase the amount of time the tincture is steeped in the liquid. The longer the tincture is steeped, the more time the Everclear has to evaporate, reducing the strength of the tincture.
3. If the tincture is too strong for your needs, you can also mix it with other liquids such as water, vegetable glycerin, or other tinctures to reduce its strength.
Is there a way to reduce the alcohol content while still preserving the medicinal effects of the tincture?
Yes, there are a few ways to reduce the alcohol content in a tincture while still preserving its medicinal effects. One way is to reduce the amount of Everclear alcohol used in the tincture. Another way is to add an alcohol-soluble extract, such as glycerin, to the tincture in order to reduce the alcohol content while still preserving the medicinal effects. Lastly, you can also freeze the tincture and then thaw it, which will remove some of the alcohol content.
What techniques should be used to ensure that the tincture potency is consistent?
To reduce the potency of an everclear tincture, the following techniques should be used diluting the tincture by adding more liquid; using a lower proof everclear; and adding more plant material to the tincture. Additionally, it may be beneficial to strain the tincture after it has had time to steep and to store it in a cool, dark place.
For example, clinical studies have shown that oregano is a good antimicrobial as an alcohol extract or as an essential oil but is very ineffective as a hot water extract. However, we do realise that some of our patients are sensitive to alcohol or chose not to use any alcohol. Where possible we will provide an alternative herbal capsules or herbal teas. On a bottle of tincture you will always find a note of the ratio. The first number always denotes how much herb has been used in comparison with the second part, which is the liquid. In this example, 1 part of herb was macerated in 3 parts of liquid before being filtered out. The liquid is a mixture of alcohol usually sugar beet ethanol and water. At a 5ml teaspoon dose this is under Adding hot water is fine as most herbal compounds are very resilient. Traditionally they would be simmered for 2 days! Flower tinctures are the most sensitive as they contain high amounts of volatile oils and root and bark tinctures with alkaloids and saponins tend to be the least sensitive. Most patients who want to reduce the alcohol content of their tinctures just put their dose into a cup and add a little boiling water. Evaporating the tinctures takes a little planning ahead. Some patients will put the doses for the next day into small saucers or eggcups and leave them out, uncovered, for 24 hours before taking them. It helps to put them in a warm place such as a sunny window-sill, by a radiator, or the heater cupboard. If you forgot to plan ahead and own an electric AromaStone usually used for essential oils then put you 5ml dose of tincture onto the AromaStone. Starting with a preheated AromaStone, after 25 minutes the 5ml dose reduces to 2ml. At 30 minutes to 1ml and starting to get sticky. The only tricky bit is pouring it off again without spilling it, as there is no spout – as on a jug. This requires an AromaStone and a little ml borosilicate lab jug that fits inside the dish. It makes the pouring off easier but takes longer to heat as the glass has to transfer the heat to the tincture. It takes about 1 hour to reduce 5ml to 1ml. You can then add a little warm water to jug and drink it straight from that. Evaporating the liquid off does make the herbs taste much stronger so some juice will help the taste. Pour your herbal tincture into a pyrex jug ensuring there is plenty of space at the top. For example, pour a ml bottle of tincture into a 1 litre jug. Check that you can see any printed graduations marked on the jug clearly. If not, insert a wooden lollipop stick or the handle of a clean wooden spoon into the tincture and mark with a pen just above the level that the tincture comes to. Remove the stick and measure halfway down. Now make a tiny notch with a knife or tie a white thread around it, so that you can clearly see where the halfway mark is. If you have an electric or induction hob Watch while the water simmers. Be very careful not to burn it. Simmer it until the tincture has reduced by half. For example, until ml has reached the ml mark. If you have a gas hob As soon as the water in the saucepan around the glass bowl containing your tincture starts to boil, turn the heat off. Do not be tempted to let it simmer for longer as evaporating alcohol fumes are flammable and can catch fire. Remove the saucepan containing the pyrex jug from the stove and put it down on a heatn protective mat by the side of the stove. Leave the lid off. Wait for 3 hours and check the level of evaporation against the markings or with your stick or spoon handle. It should have evaporated to the halfway mark. If it has not reached the mark and the water has gone cold, you may need to put the saucepan back onto the heat, bring to the boil, switch off the heat as soon as it boils, and repeat the process. For this you can use water, or warmed honey to make a syrup, depending on how you want it to taste. Decant it from the jug into the original bottle and keep it in the fridge. Use it at the original dose stated on the bottle. Mix well and rebottle. This will not need to be kept in the fridge, as glycerine is a good preservative at this strength. Account Search Cart. Essential Oils. How to reduce alcohol in tinctures. How much alcohol is there anyway? Newsletter Sign up for exclusive offers, original stories, events and more. Sign up. Powered by Shopify. ML of dose.