Tincture Menstruum


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What percentage of water to alcohol did you use?

Since I don’t have access to grain alcohol (meaning, I haven’t bothered to investigate if I can get it, and it’s not conveniently sitting on a shelf at the liquor store :P #LazyWizard) I only use an 80-Proof vodka. This gives a menstruum solution equivalent to a mixture of 40% grain alcohol and 60% water.

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