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Traditional wine making with bananas
« on: March 19, 2018, 05:31:06 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/fYvLq4o7j_w" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/fYvLq4o7j_w</a>

Unlikely to work with so much dirt about.  Potential for methanol poisoning.
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Re: Traditional wine making with bananas
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2018, 07:16:24 PM »
very cool...
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Re: Traditional wine making with bananas
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2018, 12:11:30 PM »
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/fYvLq4o7j_w" target="_blank" class="new_win">http://www.youtube.com/v/fYvLq4o7j_w</a>

Unlikely to work with so much dirt about.  Potential for methanol poisoning.

This is interesting. Having lived many years in the tropics, I am familiar with banana plants and plantain plants used for various purposes besides fermenting or eating the fruit. You can chop the whole plant off just above the base of the trunk after  you have harvested the fruit if you have a need for drinking water. You make a wide bowl shaped cut in the trunk base. You then allow it to fill with water from the roots. You scoop that water out. You allow the bowl to fill anoterh time. You scoop that water out too (the first two water products are too bitter tasting). The third time you can drink the water. The U.S. Marines recommended this for jungle survival during WWII.

I also noted the clever use of banana plant leaves by this fellow. Banana and plantain plant leaves are used to wrap "pasteles", a type of plantain starch meal flavored with chunks of pork, garbanzo beans (chick peas), capers and an olive here and there. Eating off the plantain leaf is quite enjoyable.

Back to fermentation of bananas for wine in the you posted, I was surprised to not see flies trying to get to the bananas prior to them being heated. In the tropics, flies are ubiquitous, as you know. The bamboo forest area in the video is apparently favored in not having pesky flies around.

Down in Puerto Rico they make a kind of moonshine ("pitorro") from fruit. However, they are not limited by one type of fruit. They will throw grapes, pieces of oranges (skin included!), bananas and even guavas (as long as the fruit has a reasonable amount of fructose in it, it is fermentally elgible) in a container for making the Puerto Rican verson of white lightinin'. Their methods are not primitive like in the video. They use distillation columns and such to get their product.

At any rate, thank you for posting something that contributes to our knowledge base.




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Re: Traditional wine making with bananas
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2018, 02:55:54 PM »
The flower stem of the trunk is also a source of long, fine fibres for paper-making. Ripping apart the enclosing leaf bases which form the trunk is quite difficult and messy and sticky without a special tool.  The fibres don't need to be bleached, but the paper is not white, OK for envelopes.
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