Fwd: RE: [Distillers] Marijuana flavored grappa?
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Rev. David Cunningham \"The Distiller\"" <distiller@...> wrote:
<< 'Canabis sativa' as a botanical? In India it is apparently used to give
moonshine more of a psychoactive kick. >>
For those of you pondering and now thinking about using a little "stash" in
your wash, there are a few things that should be understood before you do.
First, if Marijuana was to be used unprocessed (i.e. strait from your stash
without any alteration other than separation, like you would do if you were
going to use it to smoke), the water solubles in the unprocessed plant would
dissolves in the brew, leading to a POWERFUL off-taste.
What should be done is to soak the herb by placing it in a nylon mesh bag.
Fill a large container (I was going to use the word "pot," but then I
figured I might confuse a few people with the terms) with TEPID water. (the
reason for TEPID water is because the dissolution rate of THC -- the active
substance in marijuana that gets a person "high" -- occurs in hot water;
therefore the oil from the THC glands become thinner and may be released
from heavier gland, by which causes a loss of the WANTED oil. This is the
reason that TEPID water is used). Soak the herb in the TEPID water for one
hour. Then squeeze the water from the vegetation, allowing the water to run
back into the container, and allow the vegetation matter to soak for another
hour. Repeat this process several times. Most of the pigments and tannin are
released in several one-hour soakings.
It should be known that when soaking the herb in water, even TEPID water,
some THC glands may fall off during the soaking and squeezing process. These
THC glands can be collected from the bottom of the large container, after
the herb has been removed, by draining the water through a coffee filter.
You can discard the water after you are satisfied that you have collected
all of the glands that you can. The collected glands on the filter can be
dried and smoked -- these glands are very purse and potent, so beware. If
you don't want to smoke them, you could (should) add then to your brew.
After the final soaking/rinse, the herb is ready to go into the brew. Well,
almost. You must dry the wet vegetation. To dry the herb, take kitchen wire
racks -- the kind used for cooling cookies and such -- and place one paper
towel over the rack. Then gently spread the herb loosely over the paper
towel covered wire rack. The paper towel draws some of the moister away from
the plant material, while the wire rack allows for air circulation
underneath the herb, hence quicker drying. You should store the herb that is
being dried in a warm dark location until dried. Time for drying depends on
the environment, so check the herb often and turn the vegetation over as
needed to allow for even drying.
There are other ways to dry the herb as well. You may use a food dehydrator
if one is available to you. Check the instructions for proper use of drying
herb-like items. You may even, but I am not quick to recommend, use your
microwave to aid in the drying process. To use the microwave, loosely place
the herb on a paper towel lined microwave safe plate and place in the
microwave. Heat the herb on HIGH for 30 SECONDS. Check the herb, if it is
still wet, turn the herb and put it in for another 30 SECONDS. Continue the
30 SECOND cycle until the herb is dry and almost crumbly. You do not want to
turn the plant black, brown, or have it so dry that it becomes powder after
you touch it. Using the microwave to dry herb is a skill, so you may want to
try your hand at drying different herbs before you try your hand on this
no-so-cheap herb. Now that it is dry, you are ready to go.
There are many ways that you can incorporate your, now processed, herb into
different types of drinks. For a "double buzz" beer, just brew up your
favorite batch of beer as you normally would. Then add your processed
marijuana, in a nylon mesh bag, to your fermenting beer 3-4 days BEFORE you
bottle. This gives the alcohol in the fermenting beer enough time to
dissolve the THC. The marijuana will lend a small amount of flavor to the
beer, due to the residual water solubles the have remained in the processed
The same can be done for whiskey. Add the marijuana to your whiskey mash 1
week before to put your mash into the still. The THC oils will be carried
over with your flavorful alcohol. I don't recommend this process with a
fractioning/reflux still, as that type of still may keep back some of the
desired THC that you have worked so hard to get. MY recommendation is to use
a pot still only.
You can also add the processed herb you liquors and other "botanical" brews.
An interesting experiment would be to try an Absinthe recipe with and/or
without the Wormwood. Now there is an extremely illegal drink waiting to
Some people have taken their processed herb and added it to strait spirit.
But they didn't do this to drink it. They did it so that they can later
extract THC oil. The process goes like this: take your processed herb and
put it into a jar. Take HIGH proof spirit and pour it over the herb until it
just covers the herb. Let this sit covered for a week, remembering to shake
the jar 2-3 times a day. After the week is up, pour this solution into a
double boiler (preferably on an electric stove/hot plate). Then gently bring
the solution up to a gentile simmer. What happens next is the alcohol is
slowly being evaporated, while leaving behind the THC oil. Mind you, THC is
heat sensitive, so you will lose some of the oil due to the heating process.
When you are done, you are left with a THC oil concentration. Most people
then use this oil to dip their cigarettes into to enjoy an interesting
smoke. Other people take a small amount of the oil and re-dissolve it into a
shot worth of vodka and take the solution sublingually to achieve the THC
affects without smoking. Other people add it to their cooking. The list
could go on.
Now, this e-mail is not my endorsement for using marijuana, or any other
illegal plant or drug, in any form or fashion. This is knowledge being
passed on for educational use only. It is not to be put into use in any form
Your Brother in Spirit,
Rev. David M. Cunningham
NOTICE: The information contained in this electronic mail transmission is
intended by Rev. Cunningham for the use of the named individual or entity to
which it is directed and may contain information that is privileged or
otherwise confidential. If you have received this electronic mail
transmission in error, please delete it from your system without copying or
forwarding it, and notify the sender of the error by reply email or by
telephone (collect), so that the sender's address records can be corrected.
Outgoing mail is certified Virus Free.
Checked by AVG anti-virus system (http://www.grisoft.com).
Version: 6.0.330 / Virus Database: 184 - Release Date: 2/28/2002
--- End forwarded message ---