Below you will find a list of equipment that you can buy on Amazon and that I am using to make my tinctures. I am an Amazon affiliate, so if you will make shopping with my links you can support me that way.
Some of them, like airtight jars are necessary, some just handy, you do not need to have them all to be able to make a good tincture.
- Airtight jars – Airtight Glass Jar / Canister Set of 3 – 34 oz or 78 oz
Must have in my opinion, I keep most of my tinctures in such jars before bottling them. If you would be using a classic jar with a metal lid make sure to put something between the lid and alcohol, as some tinctures have a corrosive impact on the metal. With airtight jars like those you would not have such a problem.
- Mortar for herbs – granite – Mortar and Pestle Set Unpolished Natural Granite, Large 2 Cup Capacity
Mortar for herbs – stainless steel – Comfecto 18/8 Stainless Steel Mortar
Not a must, but nice to have when you are using dried herbs, it makes it easier to crush them – which is important as smaller the piece the better effect alcohol will have with the herbs. Granite one is my favourite as it feels more natural, but you might also use stainless steel.
- Funnels for filling bottles – Funnels for Filling Bottles, YGDZ 3pcs Small Food Grade Stainless Steel
- Large bottles, dark glass – 2 Pack Amber Glass Growlers 32 Ounce with Tight Seal Lids
Medium bottles, dark glass – (12 Pack) 16 oz. Amber Boston Round with Black Poly Cone Cap
Small bottles with dropper, dark glass – 4oz Amber Glass Dropper Bottles (6-Pack), Refillable Glass Bottles
Dark glass bottles are useful as sun in general damages your tinctures. You should always keep them in a dark place, but if you do not have such an option dark bottles will be a great help.
Bigger ones I use for fruit tinctures, for example from cherries I usually make 2-3 large bottles per year to share with my friends. For herbal tinctures I use small bottles with droppers as I make them in small amounts for healing benefits.
- Cloth for tincture filtering – 5 Yards 45 Square Feet Grade 90 Cheese Cloth,100% Unbleached Cotton Fabric Ultra Fine Cheesecloth for Cooking,Strainer,Nut Milk Bag,Filter
Coffee filters for tincture filtering – Large Coffee Filters – Chlorine-Free Paper Coffee Filters – 150 Count – 8-12 Cup Size (3.25”)
Especially with herbal tinctures you will sooner or later need to filter your tincture, believe me that you want to do this before giving someone a bottle of your tincture as a gift 🙂
I’m using a cheesecloth, but coffee filters work as well.
- Alcohol meter to check how strong is your vodka/spirit – Alcohol Hydrometer Tester 0-200 Alcoholmeter
Not necessary when you are making tincture with alcohol that you have from the shop, when you know exactly how strong it is.
But sometimes you need to dilute spirit, which usually is 95% alcohol by volume, to have 70% which is required for some tinctures. In such a case it is good to have such an alcohol meter at home.
- Tincture press for better extraction – 0.53 Gal Stainless Steel Cheese&Tincture&Herbal Press
This is needed when you make a lot of tinctures and do not want to waste any drop. You can always squeeze fruits/herbs, but it’s not as effective as with such press. But they are quite expensive so I would advise to skip this when you are starting and decide later, when you would be sure that you want to invest in this hobby.
I’m making tinctures since 2001 and I got my first press after 5 years I think, so it is not something urgent, but useful for sure 😉
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