Product Review: Aerobie AeroPress for Tincture
I picked up a neat little coffee press by Aerobie with hopes that it would filter small batches of herbal tincture.
It works as you might think, a hollow dowel is pressed inside another slightly larger dowel with a filter at the end of it. These are placed over a container that catches the liquid that gets pressed through. A filter at the bottom of the unit catches small particulates. The inner dowel's strong gasket allows an air gap to maintain itself as liquid and solids slowly press their way through.
It's well made. The plastic is thick and sturdy. It comes with a lot of filters and the suggestion that one can clean and reuse them. In my own experience a quick rinse between filter uses readied the filter for several more rounds. I was able to get 4 or 5 rounds at best.
I also enjoyed all the accessories. They were well designed, sturdy and just what was needed as I worked.
I did notice that when pressing, if I pressed too hard, the material would hemmorage out of the bottom where the filter was and spill over the edge thus missing being filtered by the filter. Slowing down remedied this problem.
In the end I think it is a fine product for under $30.00. It's great for small tincture filtering however it is not a press. It's a tad too clumsy to push down hard on to try to extract liquid from plant matter. And it's not designed for it either. But if you need to filter small particulates out of a liquid, this will do it just fine.