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Chapter 4 Fermentation and Distillation

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Get some fungi to produce alcohol, and then distill the resulting grog.

Timorese make palm wine from the juice that drips from sliced palm branches. It’s quite astonishing to find that it’s already alcohol as it froths and drips from the gash, high atop a picturesque palm tree. Sometimes certain leaves and barks are placed in the juice to make it continue the process of fermentation and raise the alcohol content.

Like beer, this palm wine is loaded with calories, and it constitutes a significant source of nutrition for many living in the countryside. Sometimes the palm wine is distilled into harder ...

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