No Sugar Added "Tequila"

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No Sugar Added "Tequila"

Postby Brewstilla » Sat Aug 12, 2017 8:11 am

I've seen a bit of tequila attempts using agave syrup, but almost always with extra sugar added. I get it, the stuff is expensive!

A couple weeks back I got an email at the brewery I run from a supplier
"Purchase 25kg 100% Blue agave syrup receive a free 500g brick of tequila yeast and 1kg superfood"

Promptly ordered two 25kg totes :lol:

8/4/17 Mixed each 25kg with approx 20 gallons of water, 35 g superfood, and 100 g Safteq Blue at about 92 F. Put both in closet with a couple heat lamps to keep in the low 90s as per the yeast specs. OG 17.5 P

Started fermenting within a couple hours. A week later down to about 8 P. Slower ferment than expected, especially at those temps, but no worries, still moving right along.

My original plan once its down was to strip it all and then spirit run. However I just finished a double thumper build to play with traditional Caribbean style rum, charging the thumpers with low and high wines.

My question is how would you run this to retain as much flavor as possible?
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Re: No Sugar Added "Tequila"

Postby Shine0n » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:57 am

I would think it would lack the smokiness of the traditional ways.
Since I have a thumper I would fill both boiler and thumper with the wash and strip.
keep some wash back for the spirit run.
Wash in the boiler and low wines in the thumper.

Sound interesting, keep us informed of the progress.
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Re: No Sugar Added "Tequila"

Postby Shine0n » Sat Aug 12, 2017 10:58 am

Have you checked the ph?
Did you buffer?
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Re: No Sugar Added "Tequila"

Postby Brewstilla » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:35 am

I'm aware it will be different from a traditionally made tequila. My goal however is to retain as much flavor from a 100% agave wash. Leaning toward using thumper(s) over a strip then spirit run.

Haven't checked pH - nothing added to buffer

http://bsgcraftbrewing.com/Resources/Cr ... 0.2017.pdf

Here is what I am using for those interested
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Re: No Sugar Added "Tequila"

Postby NZChris » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:37 am

Seeing as it is the first for both, stick with your original plan and save commisioning the double thumper for when you have some rum.
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Re: No Sugar Added "Tequila"

Postby Brewstilla » Sat Aug 12, 2017 11:43 am

I've run thumpers in the past. The double is new.

Have enough to try both ways. Might have to and compare
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Re: No Sugar Added "Tequila"

Postby Shine0n » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:18 pm

I'm new to the strip and spirit run thing, because I had enough wash to partially fill my thumper I stripped that way then did my spirit run with boiler only.

I found I lost no flavors, had a large large hearts cut and it was clean.

can't say I won't do a 1 and done again, but now I know you can have a great product by stripping then spirit runs.

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Re: No Sugar Added "Tequila"

Postby Mikey-moo » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:18 am

Very interested in how this turns out having just sourced a few kg's of Agave syrup for my own attempt. Not the same brand sadly; and while the BSG syrup has been cooked as per normal tequila methods because they know it's going to be fermented, I've no idea how mine was made. Still it's worth a try :-)

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