The Progression of a Tincture

Here we show a sequence of tincturing a 50-gram piece of ambergris. The tincture is to be 10% by weight such that I need to add 450 grams of ethanol. Because ethanol has a specific gravity of around .8, the total volume comes out to somewhat more than 500 ml. It’s more like 600 ml.

While ambergris will dissolve in alcohol at room temperature, this may take several days—especially with such a big piece—those impatient people among us may want to expedite the process by heating the container of ambergris in a water bath set over the stove.   

This is the 50-gram piece gray ambergris.

This is the 50-gram piece gray ambergris.

The ambergris is placed in a jar.

The ambergris is placed in a jar.

Alcohol is poured over the ambergris.

Alcohol is poured over the ambergris.

The ambergris begins to dissolve as it sits in the alcohol.

The ambergris begins to dissolve as it sits in the alcohol.

To speed the dissolving process, the ambergris tincture is heated in a water bath.

To speed the dissolving process, the ambergris tincture is heated in a water bath.

The ambergris tincture is then placed in sunlight to mature.

The ambergris tincture is then placed in sunlight to mature.