What is the best way to shred caapi?
Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:21 PM
Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:30 PM
hammer the larger pieces before putting them in a coffee mill
chisel is useful
got a wood chipper ?
Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:34 PM
Posted 19 March 2006 - 03:57 PM
... boil the vine to make it soft enough so I can shred it by hands. Hot Vine is very soft and easy to break in smaller and smaller pieces.
pounding it with a hammer on a smooth cement floor , then separating the "softened" vine into sliver-like pieces by hand . When working with whole vine sections , I use a large "scissors", made for cutting tin , to cut up the vine after hammering it
Posted 19 March 2006 - 04:38 PM
I use a heavy masons hammer with a square head. I use the edge of the head, rather than the flat face, to give more concentrated blows. As the vine cracks, I pull loosened pieces off and hammer them thoroughly until they are flat and soft. I hammer bark strips and core segments individually. I use a strong scissors to cut the strips of vine into half-inch pieces, but sometimes it is soft enough to do it by hand. Then I grind the hell out of them in an electric coffee grinder. If the vine isnt hammered thoroughly, hard pieces may crack the plastic lid of the grinder.
It is laborious but gives good results.
I don't think harmala alkaloids oxidise that easily. I'd say powdered or shredded vine is fine.
Posted 25 March 2006 - 12:24 PM
shredded vine by twisting/bending sections
chopped vine threads with scissors
finished hand shredding/chopping
after running bits thru coffee grinder
into the brew
Posted 25 March 2006 - 03:17 PM