Clarified Kava

I see that people are always looking for a way to make kava taste good. When I go through my recipe process, I always tend towards frozen or highly flavored mixers and tend to lean to creamy / calorie rich. So I looked at the problem differently.

Will taking away the brown solids in a prepared kava beverage 1. still produce the effects we want 2. make the kava taste better?

  1. Short answer, yes. I've done this a few times with different kava strains and blends. I did it with Bir Kar, Kadavu, Dokobana and Kalai. They all have nice, varying effects so it was a good start. The effects were lessened a little but wasn't far off. I believe it was a bit less because when you drink it unclarified, you're consuming the micronized kava that's suspended. That contains kavalactones and you're not drinking it when its clarified. I did 3 rewashes and each one had effects that diminished with each wash. So they were very nice sessions and lasted a bit longer than normal due to me going back and rewashing. By rewashing by the way I mean going back to the filter, adding more water and letting it strain again for more clarified kava. Also, I took a spoon full of this stuff and tried it. Because science! Also I thought it was OK because i would be consuming the powder anyway normally and the milk solids are essentially a smoothed out ricotta. The taste was high pineapple/lime and that pepper flavor. I didn't eat a lot so cant say what the effects would've been. Could that be a spread of some kind in the future? Maybe. Like a pudding mixer or something. I have to work with it more.

  2. Absolute 100% yes. I have never had a more enjoyable (taste wise) kava experience while having much more potency than an instant or a micronized. Maybe there are some instants out there that are really potent but I just haven't had any. But the cost is also substantially lower maintaining that taste functionality.

CLARIFIED KAVA RECIPE:

Ingredients:
  • 32g Kava
  • 150ml Milk
  • 150ml Pineapple Juice
  • Squeeze Lime
  • 300ml water
Put kava powder in 300ml water plus 150ml milk and do a blender prep. Blend the kava in a blender for 4 minutes. Strain powder from liquid into a container.
Add pineapple juice and lime to the kava, milk, water mixture. It's important for quality of clarity to add the acid to the mix, not the other way around.
Stir, then allow milk solids to separate from the whey for about 20 minutes.
Supplies Needed for Last Strain:
  • Coffee filter (paper)
  • Metal reusable coffee filter,
  • A container that the coffer filter will easily fit onto without leaking. I have a beekeepers honey filter. I sit the larger filter on top of the pitcher so it sits flat and doesn't wobble. Then I sit the metal coffee strainer with the paper filter inside on that. I'm sure there's a better way but that's what I had on hand.
Pour the liquid into the filters and let drain slowly, do not push through. Liquid should be a clear yellowish color. This liquid will have a nice pineapple lime flavor. 
If you want an unflavored clarified kava, you can change the liquid requirements to 200ml milk and 400ml water. Prepare your kava as directed above. It should be warm when done and strained. Add citric acid powder to the prepared kava until it separates. Stir. Let it stand for 20 minutes until its al separated.

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Great kava

This kava tasted great. Smooth finish and strong effect.

Bir Kar lateral roots

the last kava I had labeled Lateral Root was the temo, and it was extremely potent and just great overall

I went into the Bir Kar lateral root with high expectations.

As I noticed with the temo lateral roots, the bir kar was also a more coarse grind than usual for kava, requiring more effort, squeezing the bag in water, to get the good stuff out.

i tried it the normal way I'd usually do it, kneaded under water for about 10 minutes, or until the powder starts to feel sandy, instead of soapy.

The effects are hard to notice, i guess there's some anxiety relief, it's a little bit relaxing, but almost like it's not even the same thing as the temo, which blowed me away.

i had had an older batch of the regular Bir Kar from here, and i recall it being better than this.

So i put it in the spice grinder, made it finer, and gave it another try the following night.

same thing, very weak, i use a giant ball of kava to get mild effects.

This is saying nothing about the quality of ArtofKava as a vendor. They are easily my favorite source for Kava, and I absolutely adore the temo and kelai in particular, but this bir kar lateral roots disappointed me.

cant win every time. Going to pre-order some kelai right now

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Interesting from a first timer

The flavor is a bit hard to get used to. Once I managed to get past reverse tolerance it was fun. But I used up a lot before I got there. Also instructions are to blend 4 TBS with 20 oz water but on the reverse of
The package it states a servings size as 3 TBS. did I do it wrong?

So glad you had fun with it! You didn't do it wrong. The serving size is a guideline. The directions are to make it a bit stronger than a serving. Then you can adjust up or down from there. It's your personal preference as to how much your normal serving is with each session.

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