1/2 Gallon Strictly Medicinal Tincture Press (Lab Press), Stainless Steel Herb Contact Surfaces, Spring-Loaded Return

(14 customer reviews)

$1,995.00

This press comes complete with an all-new solid base and stainless perforated cylinder.  Truly heavy-duty, the press features all stainless-steel herb contact surfaces, silent automatic return, custom inner pan, fingertip adjustment, mirror finish, takes little effort to press (a very smooth action), and has the ability to squeeze out every last drop of liquid.  This is the nicest mid-size tincture press on the market. Handmade in Williams, Oregon, America.

Kit includes: Hydraulic Press, Stainless steel Outer Pan, Inner Perforated Cylinder, 2 Half Gallon Pressing Bags, Handle, Lid and Spout, Key, 2 pack of Tygon Tubing, Pressing Block.

International customers please contact us at ordersupport@strictlymedicinalseeds.com for a shipping quote.

Product Specifications

1/2 Gallon Strictly Medicinal Tincture Press (Lab Press), Stainless Steel, Spring-Loaded Return

Features of the 1/2 gallon tincture press:

• Heavy steel construction, unbreakable, with a hard finish

• All stainless steel herb contact surfaces, including custom piston and pressing pans.  Piston is precisely turned and mirror-finish as in photo

New bulked-up platen with a bolt-less, form-fitted, stainless-steel juncture to the jack.  Sturdy, steady and perfectly plumb.

New inner perforated cylinder assembly is now stock–basically a precision-fit, perforated stainless steel basket on a custom stainless-steel disc.  This assembly cannot get stuck, reduces pressing cloth wear and is easily disassembled for cleaning–really sweet! *  check below for more specs

Jacks have been retooled with a round stainless toggle for finger-tight lockdown and letdown–no need to use the handle to let down the press.

• Custom stainless steel press handle

• Heavy duty fast lift 6-ton hydraulic jack squeezes out every last drop

• Automatic spring-loaded return, springs attached with high-quality stainless steel rings milled in our shop.

• 3 inch HDPE pressing block included

• 2 Tygon hoses and 2 pressing bags included free of charge

Tincture press 1/2 gallon size

MADE IN AMERICA

“…I bought one of your work horse herb presses ten years ago and use it weekly. Hands down the best investment I’ve ever made as it continues to put $2000 in our humble herbalist pockets every month!”

Manufactured by Strictly Medicinal, LLC

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  1. Question

    Cary

    What are the dimensions and weight of this beautiful machine?

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    • 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      27 inches tall and 57 lbs. here’s a snippet from the specifications sheet: Product Specifications
      1/2 Gallon Strictly Medicinal Tincture Press (Lab Press), Stainless Steel, Spring-Loaded Return

      Features of the 1/2 gallon tincture press:

      • Heavy steel construction, unbreakable, with a hard finish

      • All stainless steel herb contact surfaces, including custom piston and pressing pans. Piston is precisely turned and mirror-finish as in photo

      New bulked-up platen with a bolt-less, form-fitted, stainless-steel juncture to the jack. Sturdy, steady and perfectly plumb.

      New inner perforated cylinder assembly is now stock–basically a precision-fit, perforated stainless steel basket on a custom stainless-steel disc. This assembly cannot get stuck, reduces pressing cloth wear and is easily disassembled for cleaning–really sweet! * check below for more specs

      Jacks have been retooled with a round stainless toggle for finger-tight lockdown and letdown–no need to use the handle to let down the press.

      • Custom stainless steel jack handle

      • Heavy duty fast lift 6-ton hydraulic jack squeezes out every last drop

      • Weight: 57 lbs

      • Dimensions: Height 27 inches, Width 12 inches, Depth 6 inches

      • Automatic spring-loaded return, springs attached with high-quality stainless steel rings milled in our shop.

      • 3 inch HDPE pressing block included

      • 2 Tygon hoses and 2 pressing bags included free of charge

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  2. Brigitte Lackey

    Tincture Press

    Brigitte Lackey (verified owner)

    It’s beautiful! I got the green one. Unpacked it last night and ready to wash it up and move it to its permanent location. Just love it!

    Thank you!

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi bridgett, ok, very good, THANK YOU! Just so you know, we already washed and dried it. richo

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    • Adam Allen

      I am spending three or four hours manually, squeezing out herbs from decoctions.. Especially mucilaginous herbs and starch rich herbal marks I have used, honey and glycerin as solvents. It is absolutely laborious. Will this tincture press do a suitable job for squeezing out herbs that have mucilage (althaea, panax root, ulmus spp.) and including if I have used highly viscous solvents like honey and glycerin? This is what I need to press most for. To save my hands and to save a tremendous amount of time. Do you think it will accomplish this for me?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Adam,
      Right, sounds like you’re into some pretty thick extractions. I’ve pressed out marshmallow, ginseng, slippery elm, cactus and fresh peppers using our press. It works really well. I’ve also pressed out thick oils, glycerites and syrups with it, also with good results. Any mark you can press out by hand is going to press out much more easily using the press. I do have some tips. One, make sure your extract is nicely warmed up to a bit above room temp–this can help immensely with the kinds of thick solvents you’re using. Another is, use a couple of layers of natural cheesecloth instead of the high-tensile bags we provide. These are more permeable to thick fluids and can be composted after use, to limit cleanup. Lastly, press slowly and repack twice per pressing. If you bring it right up to high pressure without allowing the thick liquid to escape at its preferred rate, the outer portion of marc will go dry and you’ll have goosh in the middle. Repacking is to bring the press down, pull out the wad of wet mark, knead it by hand, then put back in press and repressurize. You’ll save time and effort, make your money back in increased potency and yield.
      Richo

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    • Adam Allen

      Richo, this is immensely helpful! This looks to be just what I need. I’ll start preparing to budget this item. Thank you for all of your assistance in my walk with herbalism, including an especially all of the delightful living plants that you prepare.

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Adam, You’re welcome, it is my pleasure. Richo

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  3. One person found this helpful

    Question

    Freedom

    Hello! I read in Making Plant Medicines that you suggest using a tincture press for making herbal oils with dried herbs. Can I use the same machine on alcohol extracts and oil extracts or will that make an absolute mess of things?

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      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi freedom, thank you for asking this. the tincture press will press out herbal tinctures, also juice from any herb or fruit that is ground up before putting into the machine. the tincture press also presses out infused oils, whether made from dried herbs or fresh. The oils can get messy and here are some ideas to minimize that: Use a DEDICATED hose that you do not use for tinctures. Attach it to the pan with a HOSE CLAMP because when the hose gets oily it can otherwise slip off the nub. Use 4 layers of CHEESECLOTH instead of the standard press bag. Compost the cheesecloth after pressing, it is so very oily, you’ll never get it clean. Wash the herb contact parts of the press first with hot soapy rag, then rinse with hot water and wipe with a dry towel before using again for tinctures. richo

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  4. Question

    Danielle Tsi

    Hello! I am interested in purchasing this press but when I try to checkout I get the message that no shipping options are available for my address (in Sebastopol, CA), which is odd as I have ordered from you in the past with no issue. I sent a message through you contact form about this but have not heard back, which is why I’m writing here 😉 Hoping to hear back soon – thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Danielle,
      There are plenty of presses available, I do not know why you would be getting this message. Shipping is free inside the USA. I put one successfully in my cart–please try again. richo

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    • One person found this helpful

      Danielle Tsi (verified owner)

      Hi Richo – mystery solved. I was trying to place the press in the same order with some seeds to save on shipping! Separated the 2 and all is well. Thanks!

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Danielle,
      This makes sense to me and you did the right thing.
      Richo

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  5. 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
    Mercy Huss Stahn

    Fabulous!!!

    Mercy Huss Stahn (verified owner)

    I’ve limped along for years with a really substandard little, cheap ($100) press I found on Amazon; it was the worst. It got me so that I kept accumulating bottles and bottles of macerating tinctures, cause I never wanted the frustration of trying to press them with that thing. But I never could justify the expense of one of your presses, cause, shoot, I’m just a two bit little amateur herbalist. Well, I bit the bullet, and I love, love, LOVE!!! my new press. Never looking back. I feel as though I’ve just “got out of jail free”!!! And like I can really make great strides now in terms of my apothecary production and how I see myself as an herbalist, and what I can offer to others. Whole different ball game. Thank you for a superior product.

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  6. Question

    Kristen Smith

    Is there a minimum amount of tincture that works best for straining with this press? I often make pint-size jars of some tinctures for just my family. Thank you!

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    • 5 out of 5 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Kristen, The tincture press works well for very small batches. Make sure to use a simple square of cheesecloth instead of the big half-gallon filter bag, because the filter bag itself absorbs enough tincture that it would make your yields be less. I can relate to this question especially because I do small, experimental tinctures and really needed a lab press that would express even small amounts of macerating tincture under great pressure, and so this press was designed to work with both small amounts of macerate and large amounts of macerate. Richo

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    • Cristian

      How much is the shipping to Romania?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      USD 1,200.

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    • Kristen Smith

      Hi Richo! My husband bought me the press for my birthday 🥳 and I have a quick follow-up question. Is there a grade of cheesecloth that works best for small tincture batches? I don’t want a lot of sediment coming through by using too open of a weave, but I’m not sure if the thicker closed weaves are what I need. Thanks so much for any guidance!

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      hi kristen, congrats on getting the press. I personally use cheesecloth, so can relate to this question. I use grade 90 unbleached and layer it 4 thick before cupping it down into the perforated pan, adding macerate, folding over the top and pressing up. The cheesecloth is a must for oils. The cheesecloth gets stuck less easily than the bags. the cheesecloth is inexpensive and can be composted or reused. Richo

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  7. 6 out of 6 people found this helpful
    Dvorah

    Quality made press!

    Dvorah

    I am so happy I invested in this tincture press early on. I bought my awesome green, lean, tincturing machine about a year
    ago and forgot to write a review.

    Over the last few days, I have been pressing about 30 different tinctures and am reminded of how EASY this press is to use.
    I am yielding so much wonderful goodness from my macerated herbs. After pressing, the herbs inside are practically bone
    dry.

    I am in tincture heaven! I cannot imagine making tinctures without it. The craftsmanship is A+++ and it is built to last.
    Again, I am so blessed to have found this press and made this purchase.

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  8. Question

    Amanda

    I would love to purchase this for pressing avocado oil. I would like to know if you have a mid range easy payment plan available?

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    • 3 out of 3 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Amanda,
      Actually the press works well for pressing out infused oils or (primarily) tinctures but does not press fixed oil out of avocados or almonds or olives or things like that. It is a tincture press, for pressing tinctures.
      Richo

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    • LaDonna Dabo

      @Amanda:. Try using the PayPal check out and see if you qualify for their Pay in 4 option. Eventually I’m gonna make my purchase bcuz Strictly Medicinals has great quality products.

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  9. 4 out of 4 people found this helpful
    Kevin Lian

    Awesome press!

    Kevin Lian

    Making tinctures and other herbal remedies like oils and honeys have been changed 360 degrees using this press. It’s a fantastic product, well made, lots of love and care put into it. Sturdy, well built. Customer service is great by Richo and her team. Glad I found this!! If you can afford this then stop waiting and buy it!

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  10. Question

    Kevin Lian

    Hi Richie,
    Is this machine good to press out infused honey?
    Thanks,
    Kevin

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Kevin, Yes, it works well for that. Warm product to room temperature before pressing. Richo

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    • michael bessette

      Would this press process CBD oil from hemp flowers as well?

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Michael,
      I’m not sure what product you have in mind. If you’re making an oil infusion, then yes, the press is designed to press out oil infusions. If you’re thinking of smashing raw buds to get the oil/resin out, then no, it doesn’t do that.
      Richo

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  11. 5 out of 5 people found this helpful
    Danielle Martin

    This Tincture Press has changed my life!

    Danielle Martin (verified owner)

    I was a bit hesitant to spend so much money on this press, but it seemed well made and I had heard good reviews about this company. I am beyond happy that I went with my gut and got this machine. This machine has gone above any expectation that I had. I am simply blown away at the efficiency and ease it has created in my apothecary. It is easy to use, easy to clean, and the yield is at least 50% more from my previous method of hand squeezing my tinctures through a muslin cloth. Not to mention the final result is virtually free from any leftover herb sediment. I am so grateful for this new addition to my herbal pharmacy. I cannot recommend it enough!

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    • Danielle Martin (verified owner)

      Hi Richo,

      I recently just got this press and I have only used it for tinctures so far. I am hoping to use it for my herb-infused oils as well. I am curious if I need a separate tube for the oil press? Do you have a recommendation on how to clean the tube after using it for oil strains? I have read in your comments below that cheese cloth is recommended for oil, but can I use one of your bags, and just repurpose it solely for oil straining after? Thank you for your time!

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    • 5 out of 5 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Danielle, Thank you for the positive review! The tincture press can and should be used for herbal oils. Oils are thick and should be warmed up to thin them before pressing (no hotter than 105 degrees F). It is often a better idea to use cheesecloth instead of the polypropylene bag that comes with the press, because the oils will pass through cheesecloth more readily. But either one works–just press slowly. Yes, if you use a pressing bag for oils then dedicate it permanently to oils, otherwise oily residue is going to get in your tinctures. You can dedicate a hose to oils, too, because again, it is hard to get all the oil cleaned out. Run the hose under very hot water to loosen its grip on the spout before trying to remove, and heat it up again in very hot water to put back on. You have to clean the press and the hose between pressings and hot soapy water is your best approach, followed by a hot rinse. At Herb Pharm we rinsed all our equipment 3 times before drying it off with a clean cotton cloth. Thanks, richo

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  12. Question

    Joelle

    This looks like a great tool. Would it work for oil and glycerin macerations as well? Thank you

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    • 5 out of 5 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hello Joelle, Yes. Get the glycerine extract warmed up to about 90 degrees before pressing–this will aid in easy expression. for oils, don’t use the pressing cloth, use about 4 layers of unbleached cheesecloth instead. This will allow for easier passage of the warm oil and can be composted when you’re done–cleanup isalways an issue with oilcloths, they can never again be repurposed for pressing alcoholic tinctures, you will get oil in them. Our press is very effective when used with good technique. Check the videos. richo

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  13. 5 out of 5 people found this helpful
    Beatrice Chris

    Great quality press

    Beatrice Chris

    This press is the best investment for any herbalist. It saved the “angel share” of alcohol in every single batch. It’s solid, very well done, absolutely a must for someone that means efficiency in their business. I’m stunned of how well this press works. It saves the last drops of the extract that would have been impossible for me to get any other way. Amazing tool for any herbalist, treat yourself to this magic helper, you will not regret it!

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  14. 3 out of 3 people found this helpful
    Cary Clayton

    High Quality Tincture Press!

    Cary Clayton

    This press is awesome and definitely worth the money. I am very satisfied with it and look forward to years and years of high quality tinctures. The design and craftsmanship are superb.

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  15. Julie

    How are the hoses cleaned?

    How much does a 3rd hose and a 3rd bag cost? Are shipping costs included in this price?

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  16. Question

    Anh

    Hi Rich, do you postage the item to Perth, Australia? Can I put it on payment plan or layby the item?
    Thank you

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  17. Question

    Lindsey

    Will you make this with a larger capacity at some point? And can you please also email me when these come back in stock? THank you

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Lindsey, We used to make the 1 gallon capacity but found that the yield was less efficient than with the smaller pans (which get more PSI). We will e-mail you when the presses are again complete and ready to sell.
      Richo

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  18. Question

    Sherri Anderson

    How does the press make oils?

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    • One person found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      The press doesn’t make oils. Essential oils are made with a distiller which this is not. Oil infusions (e.g. calendulated oil) can however be easily pressed out with this tincture press.

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    • Chloe

      Is it super loud? Curious, I use a hand crank cider press currently and love it but I would like to upscale

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    • 3 out of 3 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Hi Chloe, Our press is silent except for the slight swoosh of the jack handle pumping and an occasional fizz of fluids escaping under pressure. It would be a nice upgrade from a cider press. cheers, richo

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    • Steve De Chellis

      Howdy. Can this press be used for pressing out hazelnut oil? Other nuts and seeds? Would I have to grind them first? What other uses can I get out of this press besides tinctures?? Thank you!

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      hi steve, the press does not express oil from seeds, it can’t do that, nor does it produce essential oils. it is for pressing out juice from any ground herbs or fruits, also for pressing out infused oils or tinctures. richo

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    • One person found this helpful

      Linda

      Can you use this press to release Vinegar soaked vegetables such as horseradish, ginger, onions, garlic and oranges and lemons?

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      Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      yes

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    • Betty Neuenschwander

      Do you have an item that an express oil from seeds, such as horse chestnut seeds?

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    • Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Betty,
      No, the tincture press is not designed for expressing fixed oils. We haven’t found a homescale model of fixed oil press that really does acceptable work.
      r

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    • Stephanie T

      How is this different than a cold press juicer?

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    • 2 out of 2 people found this helpful
      Richo Cech

      Richo Cech

      Hi Stephanie, The cold press juicer works on a screw principle and is used for pressing juice out of fruits and vegetables. The tincture press works on a hydraulic pressure principle and is used for pressing out herbal tinctures. You can use the tincture press for pressing out juice from fruits and vegetables, too, as long as they are ground up prior to putting in the press. the tincture press gives much higher yields than the cold press juicer. Richo

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    • Renee Green

      What do you mean by “as long as they (fruits and vegetables) are ground up? Ground up meaning minced in a blender?

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      Hi Renee, The tincture press is specifically designed for pressing out herbal tinctures made of either fresh or dried herbs mixed with alcohol and water. It also works for pressing out juice from fruits, vegetables and herbs, which is often a step in the process of making an herbal succus (preserved herbal juice) or syrup. All ingredients need to be thoroughly ground up before pressing. Herbs like Calendula flowers are usually passed through a CORONA MILL before pressing. This really smashes them. It is pretty hard to use a blender for this application, because blenders don’t work well without sufficient liquid. Other options–food processor or juicer, in which case both the juice and the (usually very moist) mash can be reprocessed through the tincture press to maximize yield and express the pressure-dependent elements that are never very well represented in juices obtained from a juicer. Richo

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    • Nikola

      Hello Richo! I’ve enjoyed many years of buying medicinal seeds from you, and now I’m interested in getting a press. Can you give me an estimated cost for shipping the press to Waterloo, Ontario Canada please? Thanks so much and happy fall!

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      Hi Nikola,
      As you know these ship free within the USA so I can subtract domestic shipping from the international charge–that considered, it would be san additional $150.00 to your card to get the press up to you in Canada. Sorry for the hassle, I wish there was no border. Richo

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    • Gary

      Beautiful press and apparently well made, but $1,850 for home use? Price seems way out of line unless you’re a 1%er

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      Hi Gary, For home use you can put cheesecloth in a bowl and pour your macerate into that, gather up the free cloth and squeeze. Very inexpensive! For folks who make a lot of tinctures, the $1,850.00 investment is soon made back by way of increased yield–alcohol, herbs and tinctures are quite expensive. It might be true that only 1% of herbalists have been motivated enough to get our press–they are the happy 1%. Richo

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    • Sequel Campbell

      Richo,
      Can you press smaller batches such as a quart? Can you use cheesecloth instead of the pressing bag for alcohol or vinegar tinctures? If not, Can you wash the pressing bag for reuse?

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      Richo Cech

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      hi sequel, yes, i personally prefer to use cheesecloth, and it also absorbs less tincture so it is very good for small batches. this is a precision press–you can even press out a pint of macerate with it. the polypropylene bags are multi-use and can be washed. richo

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      Richo Cech

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      yup, this is a precision press that will press out even a pint-sized tincture macerate. cheesecloth is my preferred choice because it is less like likely to get stuck and absorbs very little tincture. the polypropylene bags can be washed and re-used. check “richo’s blog” for an advanced course in tincture pressing. r

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    • Danielle

      U guys rock

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    • Carmen Portner

      Does the tincture press need maintenance? And if so, how does it works? Also, would I still need to tilt the whole thing to get liquid left at the bottom?

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      Richo Cech

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      Hi Carmen,
      Thanks for writing. The presses as we make them are trouble-free. The pans and cloths need to be washed between pressing different tinctures to avoid cross-contamination. When pressing cayenne tincture or oils, a dedicated hose and pressing cloth (the press bags that come with the press, or a square of disposable cheesecloth) is recommended. You don’t want your hyssop tasting like cayenne, or a smudge of oil in your goldenseal… The press is heavy, but its basically a hand tool, and not at all heavy if left on the bench. We suggest keeping one hand on the crossbar during pressing to stabilize the press and you. To get the last bit of tincture, you can easily tip it toward you as is seen in the videos. But you could also skip this step. You would lose 1/2 ounce of tincture. That’s about it. It’s a tincture press. You need to understand how to work it correctly to be happy with it and yourself. These are the industry standard–there is no better press on the market. Richo

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