RE: [new_distillers] Re: Making Tequila
I am really doing this for a little bit of experimentation, Like Bossy (and a few others I am sure) live 1000nds of kilometres from the nearest homebrew store. Importing stuff is nightmare too with over 40 percent import duty. I have to rely on what other people can bring in their luggage or make do with what’s available.
As regards other organisms, that was one reason for the lab test. Too see what was growing inside the onion. The aspergillus niger is a black mould that grows in the first few layers of the onion often only just visible on the outer skin. I took samples from the outer and inner skins. The outer skin had a gram negative staph (probably from handling and packing) present. On the inner layer sample only the niger was present. It may be a case that only the strongest survive and the Aspergillus Niger takes over.
I have also changed my mind about sulphating in favour of heat treatment at the end of Enzyme activity prior to fermentation. Heat treatment is available to all and will destroy any myco toxins that are produced by any rogue bacteria.
I am emptying the last of my fermenting bins this week and should make a start next weekend. I keep you all posted how it goes.
Cheers From Peers
Try homebrew stores for bulk agave syrup. http://www.maltproducts.com/products.sweetners.html has it in 5 gallon buckets (60 pounds) up to tanker trucks. They don't seem to have ordering info though, so not sure how small they will ship.
I like the idea of the onions and sweet taters though. Sounds just like making sake.
I wonder if there are other organisms you will culture though, please keep us updated, very exciting experiment.
----- Original Message -----
From: Peers Cawley
Sent: Sunday, February 01, 2009 7:36 AM
Subject: RE: [new_distillers] Re: Making Tequila
LOL – I have seen agave extracts in health food stores in England but for £ 14.99 for 500mls.
You have to work with what’s available and where I am in the desserts of the middle east. I have more chance of seeing a Polar Bear than a health food shop.
Cheers From Peers
Hey Peers and All,
I couldn't believe it. I walked into one of them little natural healt
stores looking for some diastatic malt extract and low and behold -
bottles and bottles of pure Blue Agave Nectar !!!!! It seems them
naturalists use it as a non-sucrose type sweetener instead of Sweet n
Low because of the natural insulin.....
Might be worth looking into Peers rather then playing with those smelly
oninons lol. If its in a heatlh food store in some backwoods town in
ol' Virgini here, then it shouldn't be too hard to find else where. Of
course the salesman came over and I asked him if he had any liquid or
powered malt extract (didnt mention diastatic though) and he looked at
me cross-eyed LoL. Oh well have to look some more.
Vino es Veritas,
Jim aka Walso.
PS. the small bottles were around 2 buck US and the large ones around 5
bucks US. Not sure how much you would use, but it was as thick ans
syurpy as molassas, so you might try it with some regular or brown
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Harry" <gnikomson2000@...>
> --- In email@example.com, "Peers Cawley" peers_c@
> > I work as food technician and have a fair bit of experience but
> this is not
> > really my field. I am more used to making food keep longer - But
> worth a try
> > cos I love tequila.
> > Anyone tried something like this before
> > Cheers From Peers
> You could be on to something here. I'd use a kitchen blender for the
> onions, to expose all the flesh to the fungus. Keep us informed of
> the progress.
> regards Harry