Re: Alternative enzyme source
Your not too far off base LOL... We had this discussion in New Distillers last May and June. See: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/new_distillers/msearch?query=saliva+jim&submit=Search&charset=utf-8
One of the native methods of making "Muko" or malted corn uses just that principle:
"Another method of "malting" corn produces muko instead of jora. Muko is made from corn that is not sprouted, but instead dried, ground, and the flour masticated. Traditionally, this task was performed by groups of women and children. Once moist, the ball of flour is flattened against the roof of the mouth with the tongue, and the cake is removed from the mouth and allowed to dry. Amylase enzymes present in the saliva convert the starches in the corn and this was the method by which the highest quality chicha was once made. Not too much chicha de muko is made these days because of the amount of labor involved, though I have talked with several people who make chicha this way at home. Muko could be substituted directly for jora. "
Also Urea is the basis for the "MUM" mash Mason developed along with our help that used Plant foods for the Nitrogen, Potassium and Phosphate requirements of yeast.
The main source of the Nitrogen is "Urea Nitrogen" found in Miracle Gro and other plant foods. Of course this is artificially made and not from "natural sources" .
Vino es Veritas,
Jim aka Waldo
--- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "waljaco" <waljaco@...> wrote:
> A source of wash nutrients is urine (urea)!
> Just spit and piss?
> --- In Distillers@yahoogroups.com, "Thomas Janstrom" t_janstrom@ wrote:
> > Another, but somewhat more unpleasant source is saliva. Not sure if it's
> > beta or alpha but it does contain amylase, and as I understand it, it works
> > best at between 32 and 38C so right near the wort fermentation range too..
> > Good thing we're going to distil the stuff right?
> > Cheers, Thomas Janstrom.
> > Little Gems.
> > http://tjlittlegems.com <http://tjlittlegems.com/index.htm>
> > From: Distillers@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Distillers@yahoogroups.com] On
> > Behalf Of waljaco
> > Sent: Wednesday, 23 September 2009 5:28 PM
> > To: Distillers@yahoogroups.com
> > Subject: [Distillers] Alternative enzyme source
> > Some have trouble getting malted barley, enzymes or just want a cheaper
> > source of adjuncts.
> > There are references to sweet potatoes being rich in beta-amylase and wheat
> > germ being rich in alpha-amylase. Use of both at 65 degrees Celsius is
> > therefore a possibility to convert cooked starch.
> > Worth a try?
> > wal