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    home made alchol

    Mate, I've never made essential oil. The missus has recently been talking about having a go. I am lead to believe steam distalation is used (depends what you are extracting) You could use the ebay job, bardo mentions, if you can find a basket that fits in the boiler to keep the goodies up in the vapor. The rotating column alembic is made for both simple and steam. You put the googies in the column, you can even rotate the colunm to put in fresh goodies with out stopping the still. You probanly don't need the added expense of copper for essential oils. Copper in a still (you only really need a little in the colunm) absorbs sulfur, making higher quality alcohol.
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    home made alchol

    Mate distilling is very easy, much easier than making a descent mead. I'm doing a ferment now, I'll run it through on the weekend, to make Trich tincture. At the moment I am using an old Still Spirits reflux. There alright, if all you want is tasteless, fairly high strength, ethanol. On a single run of sugar water fermented with a 20% turbo yeast, you can get about 80's to low 90% range(I recommend you water it down for drinking). I don't think much of that Chinese ebay thing, it doesn't have a dome or column (usually you want at least one or the other). The best stills I've used, where ones made by mates. I'm looking at getting a new one my self and I'm not good enough with an oxy, so I am looking at these. https://www.copper-alembic.com/en/split-top-rotating-column-copper-alembic-stills/20-l-split-top-rotating-column-alembic-still Or maybe if I can really sweet talk the missus https://www.stilldragon.com.au/4-crystal-dragon-glass-column-4-plate/ You do put aside the first 200-300ml or so. A good method involves running it all in to small jars. The quality varies through out the run. You can smell the difference. Generally the beginning and the end (heads and tails) can be thrown in with your next run. You don;t really need the beer kit (unless you want to make beer), any cheap food grade container will do, You will need an airlock, their cheep, or can be made with a bit of hose going into a bottle of water. Carbon filtering makes a big difference, but can strip subtle flavor. For very clean ethanol or vodka, I use activated carbon paste mixed through the spirit, then filter through an irrigation filter. If you like gin you can get creative with your aromatic and medicinal herbs put them in strong ethanol for a couple of days strain through a coffee filter, then water down.
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    Post your track of the day

    Check out the way cool modernised Mongolian Throat Singing.
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    Bonsai Ethics

    Mate your really getting into some serious ethics questions lately. Love your work. Questions like these have been asked by such great thinkers as Goethe, George Washington Carver, Luther Burbank and my favourite, Masanuobu Fukuoka. This is a hard one. Ethics is one of those strange phenomena that seems to change depending on what most people think. It was not long ago, at least in some parts of the world, it was perfectly acceptable to bind girls feet to make them small, or in south america to bind children heads to make them elongated. Neither of these effect life span, yet if you did them to your children today you would be locked up. Probably the biggest problem with a question like this is: the science isn't there yet. We don't know enough about plant consciousness to make an informed decision. Using animal analogies seems a bit pointless with such a dramatically different organism. It is perhaps akin to eurocentrism in anthropology. Yes plant don't have pain receptors or neurons, they also don't have a heart or arteries, yet there is no question nutrients are delivered to the cells. Research by people like Monica Gagliano have shown that plants use a calcium based signalling network that allows them to not only remember, but to learn by experience (see link below). Other research (sorry can't remember who, Uni was way too long ago) shows that some plants respond to predation (being cut) by secreting pharamones which warn it's neighbours, allowing them, in turn, to secrete repellent chemicals. Is this an indication of altruism, some kind of community spirit, or is it just another selfish evolutionary trait like some birds which communally raise the offspring of others of the same species? We just don't know enough. The fact your asking probably means you will go about bonsai in an ethical way. After all bonsia is part torture and part nurture. https://www.nature.com/articles/srep38427.epdf?author_access_token=ndXv7HCRrrXgnqZkGRINU9RgN0jAjWel9jnR3ZoTv0PFvNbZvaVrCKW4Rb8ZW14eVyb7xNIHahQoZ-WZXB-uth8RSOQA0pfaOyF6to9zHCjhchoo9tGdx9p0lbntPMnN
  5. Hah Ronny, Thanks for these and the link to the sight. Great resource for those of us lost in the sticks.
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    CBD oil?

    Mate if it's illegal to import and posses the oil, why not. Depending on where you are, you might find it is less of a crime to grow a small amount that it is to import a schedule 4.
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    CBD oil?

    It might be easier and cheaper to grow your own CBD. Strains from the Himalaya and Lebanon are usually high in CBD. For instance plants from the Pavati Valley when tested showed half of all plants having equal ratio of THC to CBD with a further quarter Having a ratio of 75% CBD to 25% THC. For those of you that do not have access to seed, but live somewhere it is legal to trade in seeds, https://therealseedcompany.com/ is a good source of landrace's.
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    Harvest Ethics

    Mate some great examples of ethical harvest. I think anyone contemplating wild harvesting, anything, should really do their homework. Here root barks are only taken during the dry season, even then, some species only have a short window. As far as confusa is concerned, Taiwan is one thing, but outside of it's natural range (most of Oz), this thing is considered extremely invasive. Away from it's home territory, probably the only non ethical form of harvest, is to plant it first.
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    Harvest Ethics

    Good point. Unfortunately according to this _Australian_Psychoactive.pdf it's not so. Further more 'Useful Tropical Plants' claims phyllodes taken during dry times can be toxic. http://tropical.theferns.info/viewtropical.php?id=Acacia+confusa
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    Personally, I'm not convinced. Left to themselves, bees often nest horizontally. As well as rock ledges I have seen them build horizontally along the top of an old wardrobe, under the eaves of a building and even hanging from the rafters of a shed.
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    Beautiful hive mate.
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    Harvest Ethics

    Where I am now, the local people harvest lots bush medicine, including root barks. They go to the same patch of trees their grandmother showed them, dig down, take a little bit from each tree. They come back again and again and will show their own grand kids the same spot. It's not really rocket science. That said, of cause growing it is far better. It's still usually more efficient to sustainably harvest than it is to kill the tree and start again. I think greed is an illness we will either overcome or it will be the end of us.
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    Fox, Snake, Rat

    Mate I think the interesting bit is not the scene itself, but how you interpreted it. Sounds like you are having a little internal struggle, that you already know the answer too. All that's left is to act on it.
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    Youtube vids

    I love this mob.
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    Documentary Recommendations?

    Not an ethno doco, but still a great film. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy86ak2fQJM