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BBB's Absinthe Tek
    #3274919 - 10/25/04 12:50 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Since I am always after the ultimate head and mushrooms are not an every day high, I visited one of the Shroomery's sponsers and came upon an Absinthe making kit. Once you tell me that it was a drink from the 1800's and it was banned worldwide, you've successfully peaked my curiosity.
First of all, like mushrooms, there is alot of work ahead of you to actually get the product. It dosn't come "ready made" (unless you wanna gamble spending close to $300 a bottle on the internet)
So it was off to the internet to purchase a case of 190 proof grain alcohol. I hope they don't think I'm a nut trying to make bombs or something because I had to order a case of Everclear grain alcohol.
So here's the process:
You macerate
Wormwood-Lemon balm-Anise seed-Star Anise-Fennel seed-Coriander-Calamus root-Angelica root-Hyssop
in 950 ml of grain alcohol for 10-14 days, stirring every couple of days. A day or so before you get ready to distill it you have to add 400 ml of water. After the 14 days you squeese out the liquid and you are ready to distill.
Now, you need to build yourself a still. As per the instructions I used a 4000 ml Erlenmyer flask (also found on the internet) 1/2 inch copper tubing and a 5 gallon bucket from Home Depot. Assembly is fairly easy. Just make six - 6" coils in the copper tubing and attach one end into the flask and the other end to a collection vessel. The coils need to be cooled down, hence, the 5 gallon bucket. A 1/2 inch hole is drilled into the bottom of the bucket so the coils are situated in the middle of the bucket and the bucket is filled with cold water.
The flask is filled with the raw Absinthe and water mixture and is brought to a boil. Obviously, the alcohol boils up first and the steam goes through the copper tubing, gets cooled off by the cold water in the bucket and then condenses into a pure clear Absinthe distillate which you gather up in your collection vessle.
Now all that is left is the finishing process which entails macerating more Wormwood, Mint, Lemon balm, Licorice root and Lemon peel in your distillate for another 4 days. This will impart that beautiful green color and unique taste to your Absinthe.
Now you might be asking why go through all this trouble for some stinking alcohol. I'm gonna tell you why. ABSINTHE IS THE SHIT!!!!!!
Talk about a fucking high, this is one of the best highs I have ever experienced in my life, and I've tried everything.
Now I see why this drink almost ruined the French economy in the 1800's. It's the shit!!! Everyone was addicted to this stuff.
After drinking it it becomes clear why writers like Oscar Wilde, Baudelaire, Van Gogh, Manet, Toulouse Lautrec and Picasso were addicted to this stuff. It brings out your weird side of your creativity.
Now here's the bad side: it's very ADDICTIVE and supposedly contains some bad poisons that could kill you if drank in large amounts. Screw that crap....ABSINTHE is the shit!!!!
So far I have experimented with 2-4 shots. Two is perfect. When I tried 4 shots, I was in a new Hard Rock Casino and I had to be held up because the people I was with were afraid I would fall all over the place and get thrown in jail. So 2 shots are just about perfect that is unless you build up a high tolerence to it, but I wouldn't suggest that, It would take away all the fun of this stuff.
For those of you out there who are against drinking alcohol I just want you to know that even though it is made with 190 proof grain alcohol and the finished product is extremely high proof, I can assure you that the high is not a drunk high at all. I would concider it more of a hydroponic reefer high. It is well worth the effort and bucks to get off on the Absinthe high!!!!!
There is also a ritual that goes with drinking Absinthe. You take a slotted spoon (actually called an Absinthe spoon) and put a cube of sugar in it and extremely slowly trickle water over the cube of sugar so that the sugar water goes into your glass of Absinthe so that the sugar water sweetens the Absinthe (sugar won't disolve in alcohol).
So there you have it, my two cents about the greatest drink in the world.......ABSINTHE.


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #3276298 - 10/25/04 07:36 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

That's a great read man, gives me all the more reason to set up a still, but I have a few questions. What did you use for a heat source? and at what temp does the alcohol evaporate?


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: discoabe]
    #3276320 - 10/25/04 07:41 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Oh and where did you get the wormwood and other ingredients? Can you recommend a legit place online to get them? And why bother distilling it when you can just buy the kit and mix with everclear and let sit for a week or two?


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: discoabe]
    #3276723 - 10/25/04 09:36 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

a picture tek would be awsome please set one up cause im really interested in this substance but i have no idea as to preperations
thanks again

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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: discoabe]
    #3279354 - 10/26/04 02:24 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Quote:

discoabe said:
That's a great read man, gives me all the more reason to set up a still, but I have a few questions. What did you use for a heat source? and at what temp does the alcohol evaporate?




I'll put up some pictures shortly. I do it on my glass top stove. No need to worry about temperature. Just boil!! The alcohol evaporates first and there are tell tale signs when the water starts to evaporate. Distillation is manditory!!!! wormwood contains poisonous chemicals. Distillation removes over 99% of them. NEVER DRINK ABSINTHE THAT HASN'T BEEN DISTILLED or you will get very sick!!!
There used to be a sponcer that sold a kit that they said no distillation was necessary. BOGUS!!! Maybe that's why they are no longer sponcers. I'll P.M. you where to get everything. I don't want to get repremanded for giving out addresses of non-sponcers.


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #3287020 - 10/27/04 11:22 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)







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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #3287301 - 10/28/04 12:07 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Hey, thanks! :laugh: I've been curious to try Absinthe for quite a while. I'm copying and pasting your tek for my..a-hem.."special files". :grin: Nice still, by the way!


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    #3287343 - 10/28/04 12:16 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: freakygurl]
    #3288445 - 10/28/04 10:44 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

what is the optimum time to steep everything for?

ive read anywhere to a couple days to 2 weeks. Would a longer steep make for a more active product?

Ive made green dragon before and that sat at least two months.


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: MushBus]
    #3288882 - 10/28/04 01:10 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

That's a really nice guide. How does this method compare with just soaking all the herbs in everclear for about a month, and then filtering? I would imagine your product must taste better, but how do the effects compare? I've made absinthe without distilling, and it was incredible (that is, if you could gag it down)

Someday, I'll get ahold of the real stuff...


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: Kavatar]
    #3288903 - 10/28/04 01:18 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I found a website, one bottle was 99 bucks, a bottle of "good stuff" was 199, give me a break...


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: gdman]
    #3288906 - 10/28/04 01:18 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I'm not shelling out 200 bucks on abottle of liqour, no way.


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: gdman]
    #3290551 - 10/28/04 07:19 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

what about carbon purifying?


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #3290597 - 10/28/04 07:25 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

I put 2oz of Wormwood in a 176.5% proff bottle of Everclear for 60 days and it fucked me up more than I have ever been fucked up before.

The Anise (AKA DOGNIP) I was told, was used like flax seed in calming the stomach?


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #3290634 - 10/28/04 07:29 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

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I can assure you that the high is not a drunk high at all.




Yeah, it rememinded me of a Cocain/acid trip at the same time. I was very amped for how much alchohol I just drank and I wasn't even close to drunk. I learned to respect the Absinthe that night though...


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: Civ]
    #3290813 - 10/28/04 08:14 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

"Apparently the distillation process removes most if not all of the toxicity of the wormwood in well-made absinthe; that, plus its trace amounts in the elixir, make absinthe -- consumed responsibly, as any strong spirit -- perfectly safe. Additionally, wormwood is also one of the herbs used (in trace amounts) to make that flavored wine and essential Martini ingredient that we all know as vermouth. The name of the drink comes from the German wermuth, which means wormwood."

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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: gdman]
    #3293358 - 10/29/04 12:42 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

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gdman said:
I found a website, one bottle was 99 bucks, a bottle of "good stuff" was 199, give me a break...




First of all, a bottle of "real" Absinthe, goes for about $300. Now that's steep. If you make your own, it's about $60 for a 750 ml. bottle.
Listen up everyone preparing to make Absinthe, ABSINTHE MUST BE DISTILLED!!!!!! PERIOD!!!
According to the recipe above, herbs need to mascerate for 2 weeks. Then you distill, then you finish the Absinthe.
There are NO shortcuts!!
I use a chair to hold up the bucket. I just took that pic so you could see the apparatus, which, by the way, belongs to a friend of mine.
One important reminder, this stuff is great, and I do mean great. Don't get addicted!!


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #3293920 - 10/29/04 03:40 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Hey, great tek BBB...very helpful. I sent you a PM asking a question about the whole distilled thing since you obviously feel it is a very important step.


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: beatlebangboy]
    #3294866 - 10/29/04 08:18 PM (12 years, 1 month ago)

Wrong. Herbs only need to macerate for 12 to 24 hours, longer than that, and you get some nasty tasting shit. I've been distilling absinthe for seven years. I recommend using a copper still, because that is the still used in manufacturing absinthe. The following ingredients for 1L: 30g wormwood, 45g anise, and 45g fennel. Florence fennel makes a better product. By the way absinthe is made with grape alcohol: brandy or cognac, distilled twice to reach 85%. Distilling these herbs in grain alcohol: everclear or vodka is not absinthe. Everclear being 95% alcohol will release the essential oils and put them in solution, but what you get is basically cheap whiskey with essential oils, and it tastes like shit. Vodka is not of a high enough proof to release these essential oils. So, anyone steeping herbs in vodka and then drinking, or anyone steeping herbs in vodka and the distilling, is not making ABSINTHE PERIOD. After the distillation the clear runnings are macerated, and heated, but not to the boiling point, the ingedients for coloring are 25g roman wormwood, 10g hyssop, and 5g lemon balm. Heat until the desired color has been obtained, strain, filter, and bottle. True authentic absinthe is made with only the 6 herbs I have described.


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Re: BBB's Absinthe Tek [Re: lafeeverte]
    #3295602 - 10/30/04 12:07 AM (12 years, 1 month ago)

is there anyway you could set up a step by step picture tutorial cause i am a visual learner and this souunds really interesting but theres no way i can just read that and follow it

at least a tutorial on how to make a still thanks

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