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Helianthus tuberosus vodka

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  • waljaco
    See also msg 14739. Helianthus tuberosus is the botanical name for Jerusalem artichokes (sometimes called sunchokes ) which are a native of North America but
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2004
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      See also msg 14739.
      Helianthus tuberosus is the botanical name for Jerusalem artichokes
      (sometimes called 'sunchokes') which are a native of North America
      but which appear to be under utilized for the production of vodka.
      The JA contains the polysaccharide inulin instead of starch, and the
      the hydrolysis of inulin yields fructose (fruit sugar), while true
      insoluble starch (amylopectin) as found in potatoes yields glucose.
      Therefore the character of a 90%abv vodka from JA would be different
      to that from grain or potatoes.
      For processing information see -
      1) http://tinyurl.com/365v6
      2) http://tinyurl.com/2ue7u

      Another root crop to consider are Sweet potatoes which have nearly
      30% fermentable material, and which are used in Japan for
      making 'shochu' but appear to be neglected as a fermentation source
      in the US and Australia.

      wal
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