Making Ink after the ferment
OK. Lots of photos today! I finished making ink after waiting 10 days for my oak galls to soak & ferment.
|After 10 days of soaking/fermenting.|
|This is sitting on the floor right next to my stove.|
|All the empty jars waiting to be filled!|
Pouring the liquid through a strainer will take out all the larger chunks of oak gall & remove the surface layer of mold. I did not line the strainer with anything while pouring through the first time.
|I'm taking Ian the Green's advice & straining the mix through linen cloth rather than coffee filters for the second straining.|
|I have to agree with Ian. Straining through linen is much faster than through a coffee filter.|
The original recipe says to 'pour boiling water over the mixture to kill the ferment.' I'm going to bring the strained oak gall juice to a boil to make sure that I kill whatever mold may be growing in the mixture. I'll turn off the heat once it reaches a boil.
|You can see the steam & bubbles.|
|Bingo! Lovely black shade after adding iron sulfate.|
The extra cup of water really won't hurt anything since some of the previous liquid evaporated over the 10 day ferment. A bit of liquid was also lost during the straining process. More water evaporated while I brought the ink to a boil. Adding a cup of liquid with gum Arabic brings the total quantity back to about 4 cups. Stir well!
|This is an easy and disposable pouring tool.|
|My usual mess. Great black color though!|