So I took a Kava hiatus (Basically, a doctor scared me into stopping.) and have come back, because I had finally gotten to the point where it WORKS for me, and is one of the most anxiolytic natural substances I've encountered. I've been through a handful of Aluballs, and when I went to prepare some Kava, the ones I had were in need of replacement. (Tiny nicks here and there were allowing bigger root material through.) While waiting on those to arrive, I went back to traditional knead-and-strain. Worked fine. In fact, the process itself is a relaxing one. I always spent at least 15 if not 20 minutes working on a batch. And I'd go until it didn't feel like an oily clay, but had more of a coarse look, which I confirmed when I emptied the remnants into a Ziploc bag for later use (Thanks, Krunkie McKrunkface!) New Aluballs came in today and I went with what (for me) is a relatively tame mix of 10 grams Kava Supreme, 10 grams Melo Melo (those went into two Aluballs). I added a splash of almond milk (Made the mistake of using whole milk. Once.) and shook the Alubottle for a good 5 minutes, not necessarily constantly, but I definitely do more than the 30 seconds recommended. I'm a little shocked by how I felt after that. Very heady, but certainly welcome. Haven't felt like that during any of the traditional prep, and I call myself doing the traditional prep the right way. I know other factors are at play. (Like for example, I was super hungry when I started my first shell.) Has anyone noticed Alubottle prep to actually be better at extracting the active ingredients?