There's something so soothing about making up a traditional kneaded batch of kava. At first I was annoyed that with all three washes I generally do it can take nearly half an hour. But now I love it. It's incredibly ritualistic. And now, when I'm back home after a long day of building houses I sit down with my root, strainer, and bowl, and pull up Kavaforums on my tablet, checking out the new posts since my last visit. It's come to the point where I almost like making the kava more than its effects. ....emphasis on the almost. Only tricky part is not getting my tablet screen wet. Do you guys make a big mess like I do? Also, do you use both hands or one hand to knead? I knead for a bit, then bunch the wet kava into one spot in the cloth, twist it around and WRING it out really well so that the stuff is being pushed out of the root. I can see the oily sheen of the kavalactones floating on top of the water after they've been forced out.