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solomon levi
10-22-2009, 09:18 AM
I'm not sure if I have this right.

Salt - definitely potassium carbonate
Mercury volatile - definitely ethyl alcohol

so what is vinegar?
it's acid like essential oils/volatile sulphur in other plants...
but it also seems to be a mercury fixum.
and isn't it basically putrefied ethyl alcohol? (sort of like how urine
works in the animal kingdom - a fresh and a putrefied.)
Well, pure ethyl alcohol wouldn't putrefy - it needs the phlegm.
So it's properly putrefied wine, not putrefied alcohol.

The juice of grapes - can be evaporated to a sulphur fixum.

Is there an "essential oil" of the grapevine?
Does grapeseed oil play a role? (obviously not an essential oil)

Fireball
10-22-2009, 10:01 AM
A friend told me that what you call "sulphur fixum" is contained in the syrupy concentrate left after evaporating the wine, but must be extracted from it to separate it from the wine lees/grape material leftovers . This could be done with highly rectified SV or even better with solvents like isopropyl, ether or pure naphta. The extract should be further rectified with more solvent to get the pure "sulphur fixum". I haven't done this, so I don't know if it works...

One Paracelsus recipe from 'Secrets of the Adepts' says to digest wine in a pelican for 2 months, and its fatness will swim on top. This book containes many recipes for the secrets of wine.

solomon levi
10-22-2009, 10:28 AM
Makes sense, Fireball.

Yes, I've recently re-familiarised myself with the secret wine spirit of
the adepts. Even that oil that floats on top is further distilled into a
white and a red, their mercury and sulphur, and that mercury is no longer
ethyl alcohol. The clear flammable alcohol is used to rectify the salts, but
to make the stone they don't combine ethyl alcohol, but the white lac
virginis and the red blood of the lion are added to the pure salts.
:confused:

Maybe I should change my "definitely" on ethyl alcohol.