Results of Alchemy
Well, I crystallized something salt-like. Not the beautiful snowy white all the books talk about — more brownish kind of sticky film with black specks (carbon from badly calcinated and clumsily filtered c.m.).
I tasted a grain and found it salty and not entirely useless, so I dissolved it into the tincture (which smells exactly like apple juice). I think I can use the tincture for some of the stuff I’ve used Bardon’s fluid condenser for in the past, but I’d hesitate to call it “perfected.”
What I learned is this:
1) Good enough isn’t.
2) Nevertheless, it’s worth trying even in imperfection.
3) I am poorly equipped for calcination. It might be worth it to build a Bunsen set-up, which is fairly cheap and easy. Alternately, I could create an oven from the grill. Using the household oven doesn’t really work so well.
4) I’m kind of lazy.