Bon Appétit test kitchen manager, Brad Leone, is back with episode 7 of "It’s Alive," and this time he’s brewing up a refreshing batch of tepache. Highlights include, "I want to drink this all summer long" and "I hope this doesn't blow up."
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Join Bon Appétit test kitchen manager, Brad Leone, on a wild, roundabout and marginally scientific adventure exploring fermented foods and more. From cultured butter and kombucha, to kimchi and miso, to beer and tepache, learn how to make fermented and live foods yourself.
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Brad Makes a Fermented Mexican Pineapple Drink (Tepache) | It's Alive | Bon Appétit
Tepache is amazing! So much good stuff happening in Mexico that most of us have no idea about... Never saw one with habaneros and ginger, sounds intriguing. I make a pretty pedestrian one I guess...piloncillo, cinnamon and a couple cloves. But a thousand times better than any commercial soda!
Hey Brad (and comment section), I made tepache a couple weeks ago, but after the first fermentation it did not taste good, it actually tasted a bit bad. Either way I passed it through the second fermentation (to see la bubble). It still tasted bad so I had to discard it. What do you think what could have been the reason for that?
Can I make this without the chili and ginger? Just the pineapple and brown sugar? I don't like hot nor ginger root. Though I will wash the pineapple off, just my thought with where and what unknown has touched that pineapple... ; )
add in also or replace the ginger with TURMERIC...fermented turmeric is one way to absorb it, your actually onto some thing here, if you make this drink that way and drink it before or with beer you will help protect your liver
In other recipes they put cloves and no habanero, the piloncilllo is for sweetness and you can add agave and agave liquor for more sweet and alcohol level 😊 it depends of the region that you take the recipe from.....
Sorry Brad, but you should've peeled the ginger. Unless you're certain root vegetables, tubers, etc haven't been sprayed, it's likely they have growth inhibiting hormones on them. GIHs cause low motility and low sperm count, as well as prostate problems in men...
Enjoy your pineapple beer!
I've tried making a batch just now and the fermentation has gone smoothly. I haven't dared to taste it yet cause it smells an awful lot like horribly overripe pineapple. It's understandable if it's supposed to be like this but I still feel a little uneasy about it. Is this smell normal? Can I add something like lemon to make sure I don't get botulism?
There's another version of this that my grampa used to make. Instead of the whole pineapple you only use the skin of the pin apple. If you want it fermented let it rest at room temp if you want it non fermented then let it rest in the fridge. 24-48 hrs add sugar and it takes even better than pineapple juice.