What should I pay attention to when soaking medicinal liquor?
Generally speaking, soaking medicinal liquor is suitable for fine bulk liquor containing 50-60 degrees alcohol. During the soaking process, this wine can largely kill harmful microorganisms and parasites such as bacteria and viruses attached to Chinese herbal medicine, making it safe to drink. If the alcohol concentration is too low, it is not conducive to the dissolution of the effective ingredients in Chinese herbal medicine, thereby affecting the therapeutic and health functions.
In addition, too low an alcohol concentration is not conducive to preservation. Using high concentration loose liquor, even if the medicinal material contains a small amount of water, the taste of the soaked medicinal liquor will not simply change. People who are not good at drinking can add about 30 degrees of alcohol after soaking in high alcohol for a period of time, thereby reducing the alcohol content.
Can any traditional Chinese medicine be soaked in medicinal liquor?
There are many types of Chinese herbal medicines, but not all of them are suitable for soaking in loose alcohol, such as mineral drugs, whose active ingredients are difficult to soak in alcohol. Some mineral drugs also contain toxic ingredients, such as mercury, arsenic, chromium, lead and other minerals, which should not be used to soak Baijiu. In addition, if you choose to soak a snake in medicinal liquor, you need to choose it under the guidance of traditional Chinese medicine. Because snakes cannot be freely used to soak in alcohol, many venomous snakes need to have their heads removed before soaking, otherwise they can easily be poisoned.
Is the higher the concentration of Baijiu used for soaking medicine better?
As for the share of Shandong loose Baijiu and medicinal materials, it is generally believed that if the water absorption rate of medicinal materials is high, 800~1000ml of wine can be used for every 100g of medicinal materials, and if the water absorption rate is low, 500~700ml of wine can be used for every 100g of medicinal materials. Rhizome medicinal materials can be appropriately damaged, expanding the contact surface between the medicinal materials and wine, promoting relaxation and dissolution, and allowing the effective components of the medicine to simply exude. But don't be too thin, as it can damage many cells, causing insoluble substances and mucus in the cells to enter the wine, impeding the relaxation and dissolution of effective ingredients.
Is the longer the soaking time, the better?
Many people believe that medicinal liquor should be soaked for several months to more than a year. The longer the time, the better the efficacy. However, most doctors believe that the time to soak medicinal liquor depends on the amount of medicinal materials, temperature changes, and other conditions, and cannot be confused. Generally speaking, the soaking time of medicinal liquor is about 15 to 30 days. However, some medicinal materials have a delicate structure. In order to fully soak the active ingredients, the time can be slightly longer. Temperature directly affects the soaking of medicinal liquor. If the temperature is high, the soaking time can be short, and if the temperature is low, the soaking time needs to be extended.
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