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Old 05-28-2008, 08:24 PM   #1
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So i've been toying with the idea of making a "Cuban Beer," I'm pretty sure that there aren't any indiginous cuban brews so i've been thinking about throwing some cuban fruits/vegetables into a light hybrid beer. Here are some thoughts, not all are endemic to Cuba though:

  • Mamey
  • Mamoncillos
  • Platanos - Plantains
  • Tamatindo - tamarind
  • Guayaba - Guava
  • Mango
  • Limon - Lime

And although this is more of a South American plant, i'd love to make a beer with some yerba mate. It is used in the soda "Materva." This is straight from Wiki:

"The infusion called mate is prepared by steeping dry leaves (and twigs) of yerba mate in hot water, rather than in boiling water like black tea. It is a slightly less potent stimulant than coffee and much gentler on the stomach.

The flavor of brewed yerba mate is strongly vegetal, herbal, and grassy, reminiscent of some varieties of green tea. Many consider the flavor to be very agreeable, but it is generally bitter if steeped in boiling water, so it is made using hot but not boiling water. Unlike most teas, it does not become bitter and astringent when steeped for extended periods, and the leaves may be infused several times."

Any ideas would be great!

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Old 05-28-2008, 08:34 PM   #2
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Well, evidently most of the idigenous cuban beers are, like in the rest of the world, lagers. And from my reading they evidently suck.

Here's an example of the suckiness...
http://www.cubamania.com/cuba/archiv...p/t-13365.html

Evidently a lot of them nowadays are also joint ventures with inbev...

So whatever you make, couldn't be any worse

Seriously though, plantains would be interesting to try. THere's a couple of threads on here about doing African Beers, brewed with Banana's and Sourghum I believe.

Here's one of the Cuban Brewerie's website...
http://www.cervezacristal.com/ourBeer.html

I will say the best part of the website is this pic;



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I concur! It's nice to know that they got their advertizing set . I actually got off the phone with my abuela and she mentioned that in Cuba they would make Garapiña, which is a pineapple stripped of most of its meat, mixed with sugar and water to be left to ferment in a jar . This is starting to sound like a "LandHoney thread" in the making.
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You are right I believe, Rum is king in Cuba. Plantains, Yuca and Name are some of the abundant crops there all of which would certainly furbish you some starch for conversion I believe. You could let the Plantains become ripe (Maduro) and add some Guanabana in there No clue how it would taste though. You should be able to get all of those ingredients really cheap in FL.

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I concur! It's nice to know that they got their advertizing set . I actually got off the phone with my abuela and she mentioned that in Cuba they would make Garapiña, which is a pineapple stripped of most of its meat, mixed with sugar and water to be left to ferment in a jar . This is starting to sound like a "LandHoney thread" in the making.
They make a similar beverage in Puerto Rico, iirc.
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You should be able to get all of those ingredients really cheap in FL.
True, i know half of the ingredients i listed i can buy right off of calle ocho
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While not Cuban styles, my Cuban friends enjoyed my guava wheat and the Mango in my recipe pulldown

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While not Cuban styles, my Cuban friends enjoyed my guava wheat and the Mango in my recipe pulldown
It looks tasty and tropical
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or how about a cafe cubano/cafecito inspired stout?

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