Thursday, June 24, 2010
Maceration: Day 2
We used an iron and chain pulley to lift the bags out of the cuve, suspending them over the alcohol because they still retained quite a bit of liquid that we needed to let drain out.
We left the bags to sit and drain while we ate lunch, coming back after a few hours to find them drier and more manageable. There was still quite a lot of liquid in the bags, so our next step was to put them all into a mechanical press.
So that's it! I finished an extraction. Pascal jested afterward, "Now you can make your own absinthe!" Haha, I doubt it. Our next extraction is going to be licorice. Personally, I'm not a big fan, but it'll be fun nonetheless. I'm hoping that we're going to make some Versinthe La Blanche, because that process involves using a vacuum partial-pressure alembic so that it can be distilled at a low temperature (less air pressure allows the liquid to evaporate under lower heat), which all sounds very official and exciting.
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