I don't feel quite so alone in my quest now.
I'm going to *try* to cut the bottom out of a bottle tomorrow with my dremmel tool. If that fails, there is a craft school very near me that I can probably go to to get someone to cut one for me on Monday.
James Green gave really detailed (and humorous) instructions in his book, "The Herbal Medicine Maker's Handbook", so I think I'm prepared. He even has pictures.
Thanks for the recommendation for Michael Moore's MM. I recently downloaded it for class, so I'll check it out for amounts.
I have a new grinder to try on the nettle seeds as well. They are so fine and tiny I don't see much result with the VitaMix.
I just made new milk thistle tincture the other day, maceration method. Shoot! I could have saved the seed to try another perc!
I love trying new methods. Brings out the "mad scientist" in me.