Lye

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Lye is a liquid created by adding ash to water.

You put some fine white ash in the large brown bottle.
The fine white ash dissolves in the water to form some incredibly diluted lye.

"Incredibly diluted lye" looks like this:

This is a highly caustic yellow liquid used for making soap, about two tablespoons.  It's still incredibly diluted at the moment - perhaps letting it soak in more ash would make it stronger.

Usage

It's currently unknown whether "incredibly diluted lye" can be made more concentrated, or whether lye (of any concentration) can be used for anything. research

Unlike in real life, this substance does not appear to be poisonous, nor does it damage you or have any other effect upon drinking it.