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Homemade walnut ink
« on: September 30, 2017, 05:00:40 PM »
Hi!  I made homemade walnut ink yesterday from green fruits from my backyard.  I am happy with it... it writes well.  I put some cloves in it for preservative, but I was wondering if anyone has tried freezing it.
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Re: Homemade walnut ink
« Reply #1 on: October 04, 2017, 08:40:54 PM »
Iíve always used the powder. Which recipe did you use?
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Re: Homemade walnut ink
« Reply #2 on: October 05, 2017, 04:17:28 AM »
I put a bit of strong alcohol in it and keep it in the fridge (not the freezer)! I mean, for the homemade from husks Ė not for the one I buy. Never had problems with mold or similar with that Ö
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Re: Homemade walnut ink
« Reply #3 on: October 05, 2017, 01:30:47 PM »
I’ve always used the powder. Which recipe did you use?
I read many methods online and sort of winged it as I went, using what I had read.  I used green hulls from the ground and used a hammer to hull them.  I put then in my cooking pan and soaked overnight.  The next day I simmered them for probably 4-5 hours, strained the soup through cheesecloth ( squeezing out as much as possible). I simmered again till it was "inky".  I almost took it too far.  I then strained it through knee high pantyhose, and put some whole cloves in it. It doesn't bleed on any paper I've tried so far, and the color is a nice rich brown.  Use rubber gives... I still have a brown thumb!!... I did it all on a portable electric burner outside... it is a little smelly
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Re: Homemade walnut ink
« Reply #4 on: October 05, 2017, 02:04:51 PM »
I put a bit of strong alcohol in it and keep it in the fridge (not the freezer)! I mean, for the homemade from husks – not for the one I buy. Never had problems with mold or similar with that …
Does the alcohol dilute it very much or affect the quality?  I've read of people using rubbing alcohol or vodka.
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Re: Homemade walnut ink
« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2017, 02:39:03 PM »
I've used some drops of Whisky ;). So few I could not see any effect on the quality. I still honestly don't like it as much as the quality I buy Ö it was just a try and I don't use it too often!
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Re: Homemade walnut ink
« Reply #6 on: October 05, 2017, 03:32:53 PM »
Hi!  I made homemade walnut ink yesterday from green fruits from my backyard.  I am happy with it... it writes well.  I put some cloves in it for preservative, but I was wondering if anyone has tried freezing it.
Why would you want to freeze it?

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Re: Homemade walnut ink
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2017, 11:40:49 PM »
Hi!  I made homemade walnut ink yesterday from green fruits from my backyard.  I am happy with it... it writes well.  I put some cloves in it for preservative, but I was wondering if anyone has tried freezing it.
Why would you want to freeze it?

I was worried about mold
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Re: Homemade walnut ink
« Reply #8 on: October 06, 2017, 09:21:59 AM »
Hi!  I made homemade walnut ink yesterday from green fruits from my backyard.  I am happy with it... it writes well.  I put some cloves in it for preservative, but I was wondering if anyone has tried freezing it.
Why would you want to freeze it?

I was worried about mold
I see.
Having boiled the ink for a while, it should be, at least in the beginning, mold free. Take care that your containers are equally clean before use.

Living in a mostly hot, humid environment (Atlanta, GA), I was plagued by mold constantly. Often you will see recommendations to use distilled water when diluting ink, which I did for years. Moldy ink all the time. A couple of years ago, I switched to using simple chlorinated tap water to dilute inks. No more mold. I have a one ounce container I've been using for over a year of McCaffery's Penman's Black that is open every day and which I top off almost daily from a four ounce bottle and occasionally dilute (to counter evaporation) with chlorinated water. No mold in over a year. Perhaps the chlorine is killing the mold or stopping it before it can get going. Something to try if you are diluting ink.

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Re: Homemade walnut ink
« Reply #9 on: October 06, 2017, 12:51:32 PM »
Hi!  I made homemade walnut ink yesterday from green fruits from my backyard.  I am happy with it... it writes well.  I put some cloves in it for preservative, but I was wondering if anyone has tried freezing it.
Why would you want to freeze it?

I was worried about mold
I see.
Having boiled the ink for a while, it should be, at least in the beginning, mold free. Take care that your containers are equally clean before use.

Living in a mostly hot, humid environment (Atlanta, GA), I was plagued by mold constantly. Often you will see recommendations to use distilled water when diluting ink, which I did for years. Moldy ink all the time. A couple of years ago, I switched to using simple chlorinated tap water to dilute inks. No more mold. I have a one ounce container I've been using for over a year of McCaffery's Penman's Black that is open every day and which I top off almost daily from a four ounce bottle and occasionally dilute (to counter evaporation) with chlorinated water. No mold in over a year. Perhaps the chlorine is killing the mold or stopping it before it can get going. Something to try if you are diluting ink.

Ooh, very interesting finds...
I usually use distilled water,  but I'll try using chlorinated water instead next time i go mixing ink