When making a garlic tincture with fresh chopped garlic in vodka, does the mixture need to be refrigerated?

I am making a garlic tincture for medicinal purposes. I chopped about 32g fresh garlic and placed it in a jar with about 4 ounces of 100 proof vodka. I know that I need to let the mixture sit for about 2 weeks, but does it need to be refrigerated, now or at any point in the future, or does the vodka preserve the garlic?

7 thoughts on “When making a garlic tincture with fresh chopped garlic in vodka, does the mixture need to be refrigerated?

  1. My guess is that you would want to keep it out of light and heat and after at least a week of work it might be cool to refrigerate it.

  2. im not positiv but I think its ok if it sites in a room tempriture envierment now.
    all other tinctures Iv sean have ben siting out in the open.
    tho ya Iv sean afue in refrigurated states befor.
    Im gona stick with out in the open
    mostley because of the 100 prufe vodka shuld take cair of eney concerns.

  3. I would assume not. I know when you make pepper vodka it can just sit in the cupboard.

  4. as you know vodka is fine alone but garlic breaks down. i would refrigerate it to be on the safe side.

  5. i’d keep it chilled for the preservation aspect, and be wary, garlic can carry bacteria that produce botulism, and even high heat doesn’t do much…it requires a constant source of relatively high heat. my suggestion, leave the garlic extracting to the experts.

  6. Yes to be on the safe side. Garlic is notrorious for spawning Botulism spores so always refrigerate and don’t keep it too long.

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