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Ó Flannagáin 03-03-2007 10:32 PM

Cactus
 
hmm, so I was thinking about making a mexican beer. I'm a big fan of dos equis and I enjoy a corona. While pondering mexican beer and what I could do to spice it up a bit I decided to research the cactus used for making tequila. I found this:

http://www.naturesdream.net/agave_extract.htm

Wondering if it would add much flavor, think I'm gonna throw a bit in a mexican brew.

Baron von BeeGee 03-03-2007 10:33 PM

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Originally Posted by seefresh
hmm, so I was thinking about making a mexican beer. I'm a big fan of dos equis and I enjoy a corona. While pondering mexican beer and what I could do to spice it up a bit I decided to research the cactus used for making tequila. I found this:

http://www.naturesdream.net/agave_extract.htm

Wondering if it would add much flavor, think I'm gonna throw a bit in a mexican brew.

We've discussed that in the past and the consensus was that it wouldn't add much flavor, but it is a perfectly valid sugar (albeit a little expensive). I think a mead would be interesting. Or tequila :drunk:

Ó Flannagáin 03-03-2007 10:35 PM

I wonder if there's a better way. Maybe using pieces of the cactus itself.

Baron von BeeGee 03-03-2007 10:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by seefresh
I wonder if there's a better way. Maybe using pieces of the cactus itself.

Incidentally (and don't ask me why I know this, it's a long story that terminated in marriage), the sugar doesn't come from the leaves of the agave...it comes from the rootball. When the agave is harvested the leaves are chopped off and the rootball is dug up. It's then usually quartered and roasted which caramelizes the sugars (tastes a lot like sugar cane/molasses). The sugars are then extracted for agave nectar or a more divine purpose, tequila.

rod 03-03-2007 10:43 PM

ahhh, tequila!!:drunk:

pirate252 03-03-2007 11:11 PM

They sell aloe vera juice, that would be an interesting ingredient, it defiantly has a flavor to it...

alemonkey 03-03-2007 11:19 PM

I've had prickly pear cactus mead before - made with prickly pear honey and flavored with the fruit. Very good stuff.

Tony 03-04-2007 12:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Baron von BeeGee
Incidentally (and don't ask me why I know this, it's a long story that terminated in marriage), the sugar doesn't come from the leaves of the agave...it comes from the rootball. When the agave is harvested the leaves are chopped off and the rootball is dug up. It's then usually quartered and roasted which caramelizes the sugars (tastes a lot like sugar cane/molasses). The sugars are then extracted for agave nectar or a more divine purpose, tequila.

I watched a Modern Marvels episode that was all about tequila, and the harvesting of the blue agave. It was cool to see how they chopped all the leaves off and use the barrel shaped rootball like you posted. Mmmmmm...tequila :cross:

Sir Humpsalot 03-04-2007 12:57 AM

Want to add the flavor of tequila to a beer?


It was called Tequiza. :drunk:

Ó Flannagáin 03-04-2007 07:17 AM

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Originally Posted by Toot
Want to add the flavor of tequila to a beer?


It was called Tequiza. :drunk:


LOL, totally forgot about TEQUIZA!!! Guess its not as original idea as I thought!


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