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I sometimes demonstrate using a pottery alembic. Does anyone have/know of a good source of medieval waters and their properties?
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I usually make 'Water of the Queen of Hungary' in mine, but you have to remember to explain to people with that one that although its believed to be medieval the first written recipe for it is rather later. Comes out well with an alembic though :D

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Sal, do you sell the Q of H water? I rather fancy trying it, having read the write-up... :D
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What on earth are medieval waters? Are you talking about some kind of herb based distilled stuff?

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Cat wrote:Sal, do you sell the Q of H water? I rather fancy trying it, having read the write-up... :D
Yet another thing on my list of stuff to get certified for sale, which may take forever, so I'll just have to give you some free :D

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sorry for being a bit stupid, but what are midieval waters?
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distilled water, usually scented by distilling water with other ingredients. So rose water is made by distilling water and roses, lavender water by distilling lavender and water etc. It can also include alcoholic distillations that are dilued with water as well, so you have to read sources carefully to work it out, Eg myrrh water is made by dissolving myrrh in wine then adding water.

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Ahh, thanks, that what I thought it might be.
Your essentially making tinctures, which also happen to be what some of alchemy has degenerated to in these modern times.

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can you tell me what is used for the queen of hungary's water - I know there's rosemary but can't find other ingredients
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