Thabks for sharing the information. Everything you provided is correct. I didn't go that deep into it, because many of my readers are asking what it is and how to make it. I didn't want to confuse matters any more or make the subject seem complex. I do however appreciate your sharing that with us. You brought up some good points. As far as the alchemy goes, I think my 153 proof does just fine. It is much stronger than any Vodka I've ran across and the more alcohol, the merrier.
Also, in regards to grinding, I recommend it for any extraction. You are opening up many more surface areas for extraction and your potency will be increased. There is very little you can do about leeching plant matter, because when you stick it in alcohol and nearly boil it for twenty minutes, you are going to extract the plant leave material as well, regardless. I did spread the weed out to totally dry before processing. I wanted as much chlorophyll out as possible.
Again, thanks for sharing