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How to Make a Hydraulic Tincture Press
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A tincture press is an invaluable tool for pressing herb materials used to make herbal medicines such as tinctures and glycerites, extracting more……
A tincture press is an invaluable tool for pressing herb materials used to make herbal medicines such as tinctures and glycerites, extracting more medicine while simultaneously cutting preparation time and mess down significantly.
Contrary to automobile-style bottle jacks, this bottom mounted one is less likely to leak hydraulic fluid during pressing operations and comes complete with high-quality 30mm press accessories.
1. Inner Cylinder
A tincture press is an indispensable tool for compressing plant matter used to create herbal medicines such as tinctures, glycerites, and infusions. By compressing plant matter more medicine can be extracted and retained resulting in stronger products with reduced preparation times and waste. There are various kinds of tincture presses available to buy - some specifically tailored towards herb pressing while others designed for food processing needs.
Most tincture presses available for sale were intended to press grapes and apples for cider and wine production, not tinctures. While not subpar when it comes to using these tools for pressing herbs for medicinal use, their limitations make them far from ideal: 1) their inability to hold back spraying out during process - this poses serious problems when dealing with toxic herbs as it sprays onto skin or clothes)
Another significant drawback with many presses is their failure to have an inner cylinder that will contain the tincture while being pressed, an essential feature which prevents its contents from spreading everywhere when pressing. Furthermore, their handles don't allow enough leverage when pressing tinctures.
Wacky Willy has developed an all-stainless steel tincture press designed for easy cleaning, offering superior threading over most other tincture presses. It can easily be mounted to wood or tables for greater stability, featuring three attachment points for greater security as well as larger handles that make turning and applying torque easier, an angled brace base to secure the spout, and an innovative disc attachment design.
2. Disc Attachment
Traditional methods for producing tinctures involve soaking decarboxylated plant botanicals in high proof alcohol for two to six weeks and then pressing them with a hydraulic press to extract their medicinal properties. While commercial presses can be purchased, DIY hydraulic presses cost much less.
Before purchasing or building your own press, there are certain characteristics you should keep an eye out for in a quality unit. First and foremost is having a sturdy base to support its weight and keep it from shifting around during operation. Secondarily, if using a screw type press the metal disc attached to its screw must not leave gaps between itself and the bottom of its inner cylinder; otherwise when pressurizing jars of marc there could be rancid lubricant on its threads as well as fine metal dust from friction between parts that could end up entering tinctures containing fine metal dust from friction between parts that might get into your tincture resulting in unwanted and unpleasantness for its creators!
The best tincture press is designed with safety, reliability and user friendliness in mind. It features a heavy stainless steel removable metal plate to hold the bottle of marc, as well as a Strongway brand bottle jack built at ISO certified facilities that is tested to ASME PALD 2009 safety and reliability standards. All parts that touch either herbs or tinctures are constructed of medical/food grade powder coated stainless steel components for increased longevity; additionally it comes equipped with clear PVC NSF approved 1/2" I.D hoses which can be fitted onto jars (may require drilling) to create an efficient closed system system for efficient operations.
Tinctures are liquid herbal medications that may be more easily and quickly absorbed by the bloodstream than capsules or tablets. Tinctures are created by soaking decarboxylated plant botanicals in high proof alcohol (such as Everclear ) to extract and preserve their medicinal properties.
Traditional methods for pressing tinctures involve straining macerations through layers of cheesecloth and then hand wringing out any alcohol by hand, an inefficient and costly way of producing large batches. An alternative solution would be using a professional ricer - however standard cylinder ricers tend to break after some use; to combat this problem there is now also available an extra-strong version known as "designed for herbs."
This device features a spigot designed to allow tincture to flow from an inner cylinder through perforated plates into a quart measuring cup for easy dispensing and use. Furthermore, its removable spout makes for effortless cleaning - another key feature of this unit.
Pressing high-potency tinctures using very finely minced herb material (e.g. 1:2 ratio). For maximum effectiveness, be sure to pack your jar so tightly with liquid that any fresh herb material cannot float out and escape into it. If this method doesn't work for you, try warping your jar slightly or choosing thicker mucilaginous herbs such as those found on skins; these hold on much tighter to liquid than leafy or woody varieties and should produce a decent result; though perhaps not quite as potency; occasional shaking may also help release any stuck particles trapped by stuck herb particles.
A tincture press is an invaluable tool for compressing plant materials used to formulate herbal medicines such as tinctures and glycerites. By compressing herb matter, more medicine can be extracted and retained - increasing potency, ease of use, and cost efficiency.
Making a tincture press requires many methods, some of which don't work very well or are impractical for home tincture makers. One method involves pouring maceration onto cheesecloth and manually wringing out as much medicine as possible by hand, which is both inefficient and can result in lost medicine. Another approach uses a potato ricer but this tool wasn't meant to handle tinctures so will eventually break.
Other screw presses on the market aren't designed specifically for tinctures either, with issues that make their use inconvenient. Their handles don't extend far enough to apply the necessary torque; their disc mount doesn't secure itself to their screw; this allows tincture to flow between its inner surface and outer metal disc while coming into contact with any grease present on its surface which could potentially compromise your product.
This tincture press was specifically created to address these problems and is made with solid stainless steel that can easily be cleaned in your dishwasher. The bottom mounted jack, unlike automobile-style bottle jacks, comes from an excellent US manufacturer and has been tested for safety and reliability. Retooled, with finger tight lockdown/release action on lockdown/release of form-fitted stainless junctures on lockdown/release for finger tight release/lockdown; bulked up platen stable/steady; boltless letdown toggle and all made from 100% medical/food grade stainless steel giving strength/resilience over other commercial presses available today.
5. Drainage Plate
A drainage plate is a key element of any tincture press. Equipped with 12 holes to allow tincture to pass freely as you press your jar, this plate ensures every last drop of medicinal alcohol from plant material can be extracted faster. Furthermore, its presence serves as a safety feature as it prevents sprayout during pressing.
Tinctures are herbal medicines made by submerging decarboxylated plant botanicals in high proof alcohol to extract and retain their medicinal properties. Once created, this medicine should be packaged and stored in dark glass jars to retain potency and longevity; for maximum medicinal absorption it's important that plant material be properly compressed with a tincture press.
Though it is possible to press tinctures using other methods (for instance pouring maceration through cheese cloth and wringing out as much as you can by hand), such methods tend to be far less efficient and often require more time, herbs, and effort than using a home tincture press - making this tool one of the keystones for creating herbal medicine on an industrial scale.
CCW tincture presses are built for ease of operation and are equipped with highly rated Strongway brand bottle jacks built in ISO certified facilities and tested to ASME PALD 2009 safety standards. Their bottom mount design means no hydraulic fluid leakage into your tinctures as occurs with topside presses; furthermore, their coating of lead-free paint provides food grade safety standards.