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Heads up Tequila Makers: Blue Agave on Ebay

Postby Bamaberry » Sat Aug 05, 2017 10:04 pm

I was thinking about putting a Tequila run on my list down the road, and checking out Blue Agave at the Wal today.
At those prices, I thought it would be smarter to buy some cheap stuff and put it in a thumper running sugar wash, then aging it.

In the meantime if anyone is interested I was looking on Ebay.
There is a 5 gallon jug being auctioned with 1 day left, no bids. Shipping from Tennessee is $57 so at $60 you're in at about $12 per gallon.

I've got no dog in the hunt, just sharing the info.

Here's info (I think)
Check out Blue Green Agave Organic Nectar, Light Blue, 57.3 Pound #BlueGreenAgave http://www.ebay.com/itm/Blue-Green-Agav ... tkn=Zhnk1V

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Re: Heads up Tequila Makers: Blue Agave on Ebay

Postby zedzedtop » Fri Aug 11, 2017 9:03 pm

Everything I've read and learned about it says it won't work to make a passable Tequila. It's too refined. More fructose than HFCS.

Plant some agaves if your climate will allow.
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Re: Heads up Tequila Makers: Blue Agave on Ebay

Postby Bamaberry » Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:12 am

zedzedtop wrote:Everything I've read and learned about it says it won't work to make a passable Tequila. It's too refined. More fructose than HFCS.
Plant some agaves if your climate will allow.

If I had to grow the grains to make whiskey, I'd just go to the liquor store.
Speaking of which, back in June I had to buy Tequila to toast my father on Father's Day.
(Only drink he really liked)
I haven't had any cactus juice in over 25 years - LONG STORY.
Choices were slim, mostly stuff I knew I didn't care for.
So I just went cheap and bought Olmeca Altos Plata - silver tequila.
Clerk said it beat the hell out of Jose Cuervo and he was right.
Had a few shots straight up and wasn't bad at all.
Especially at under $20 bucks a bottle.
Here's their website and as it says, it's double distilled in "small" copper pots.
At some point, I may add some to some neutral and in the thumper and see what we got.

https://www.altostequila.com/process
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Re: Heads up Tequila Makers: Blue Agave on Ebay

Postby punkin » Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:19 pm

Tequila is my drink of choice when i reach for a spirit the last year or two.

My house mescal is Espolon Reposado nowadays.

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Re: Heads up Tequila Makers: Blue Agave on Ebay

Postby zedzedtop » Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:03 pm

Book : Holy Smoke! It's Mezcal!

Very good read. It's by the person behind the mezcalphd website, which was my original reference when deciding which agave seeds to plant. Ian Chadwick's tequila site is very good too.

Also: Tequila, A Natural and Social History

Lots of interesting socio-historical stuff. Highly recommended too.
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Postby Azframer » Mon Aug 14, 2017 1:06 am

Jose Cuervo Gold was what the guys ordered when they ordered shot for the crew. Back then I was not that fond of straight liquor and not so sure how good it is. Instead of slamming shots I just assume sip and enjoy flavors now.
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Postby The Baker » Fri Sep 01, 2017 9:40 am

zedzedtop wrote:

If I had to grow the grains to make whiskey, I'd just go to the liquor store.

Hi, zz,
Fortunately my son-in-law grows grains by the hundreds of tonnes.
Wheat, sometimes barley or oats, and he has mates he can get barley or oats from...
One day I will learn to make spirit from this (free) grain.

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Postby barrel-aged-meats » Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:36 pm

If you want a nice tequila flavor: sweet potatoes will get you there. Mash up a large quantity of sweet potatoes. It's a very messy, gooey mash. First bake the potatoes in the oven for a bit at about 200-250C. That will carmelize some of the sugars. The potatoes also contain enzymes that will convert starches to sugars and give you some sugar. Once baked, peel, pulverize, mash.

You'll still need to use enzymes, and you'll want to ferment on the potatoes and then strain later. It will be a huge mess, but the flavor is very nice.

Then use a nice rum yeast. I like the yeasts from Whitestar. You won't be able to get all your fermentable sugars from the sweet potatoes, so suppliment with a raw sugar, like Zulka Morena, a mexican raw sugar that is very inexpensive.

This will be very similar to tequila.
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Re: Heads up Tequila Makers: Blue Agave on Ebay

Postby Zymurgy Bob » Tue Oct 03, 2017 8:56 pm

So it's true - it's true!! After seeing an episode of The Thirsty Traveler where the host asks the tequila maker if he can taste the roasted agave chunks, and he said they tasted just like sweet potatoes, I've wanted to try sweet potato "tequila".

That was maybe 10 years ago, but now I'm back to sourcing cheap sweet potatoes.
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