Tincture Handbook: Part 12 - Multi-Step Extraction Tinctures

by Jason J. Duke - Owner/Artisan

Fresh Content: September 8, 2022 23:52

Pressure Cooking For A Multi-step Tincture 

Multi-step tinctures are multiple step liquid extract of an herb, of at least three steps, but as many six or seven steps, that are produced in a specific order of different stages, progressively from cold or unheated to warmed to heated. Multi-step is used to best achieve a balance of the constituents and nutrients for a broad range health and healing benefits. Multi-step tinctures do not work well for classic single-step tinctures, culinary spices, or medicinal herbal remedies.

Multi-step tinctures use various types of extraction equipment and are best used in processing nutrient-dense and constituent dense herbs for balanced concentration of constituents for a desired potency, such as tonics, superfoods, and adaptogens; oftentimes these constituents are semi-soluble, thereby requiring additional stages of tincturing.

Multi-step tinctures are best done with alcohol and water since nearly all constituents are readily extracted into either alcohol and water. The stages of multi-step extraction may vary depending on the herb used, therefore requiring knowledge of the various nutrients and unique constituents for making an effective tincture.

Types of Multi-Step Tinctures

All of the following types of herbs will increase to full potency when making a multi-step tincture, oftentimes because they are either nutrient-dense and/or they contain heavy molecular weight constituents, such as polysaccharides and ginsenosides, which are concentrated into the original menstruum through multiple stages.

  • Superfood Berries
  • Medicinal Berries
  • Medicinal Mushrooms
  • Nutrient-Dense Tonics
  • Adaptogens

Multi-step Tincture Steps and Stages

Any of the various stages that may be used in multi-step tinctures after completing a single-step and a dual-second-step:

  • Double Boilers
  • Distiller Equipment
  • Pressurized Cookers
  • Flash Steam Equipment
  • Spectroscopic Analysis
  • Filtration Systems
  • Percolator
  • Extraction Tanks
    • Cold Process
    • Heat Amplified

Examples of Multi-step Tincture Stages

Heat Stage

A heat stage is applied to constituents to make them more absorbable and effective.

A heat stage is used on the polysaccharides in medicinal mushrooms to increase digestibility.

Cold Stage

Extraction in a cool environment, such as a fridge, is applied to preserve the pigments, vitamins, peptides and oils found in tinctures.

A cold processing stage is done with deer antler velvet to preserve the peptides and lipids so that they do not denature during extraction.

Flash Steaming Stage

Flash steaming is a quick steaming process applied to crack tough cells wells for further extraction.

Flash steaming is done to medicinal mushrooms to crack the cell walls called chitin.

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