Banana juice

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    how many bannanas you use? that.pic looks backwrds the cake is ontop of the liquid right? maybe the solids will settle eventually like a krausen...
     
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    #22 AsharaDayne, Apr 18, 2018
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    About 10 bananas... yeah it's sitting on top of the liquid. Looks like a very spongy cake.

    Edit: I just poured the bottle out, through the cake, and it worked pretty well. A relatively clear liquid came out, clocks in at 1.028. The cake stuff came out easy enough after. Cleaned the bottle, put the fluid back in with a bit more yeast. That's a lot of back and forth for a brew, but hey, it's an experiment!
     
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    Please keep us posted Ashara
     
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    The fluid is krausening, so far so good.

    Considering what my next steps might be. Definitely put the bananas through the blender instead of just mushing with a spoon;). Perhaps microwave them a bit. Maybe let the mush rest and see if it splits by itself? I'd certainly rather not go through the whole straining strain again.
     
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    Maybe put the whole lot into a cheesecloth and suspend over a pot
     
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    2 weeks later, there seems to be next to no activity in there.
    Pic is from 2 days ago, you may be able to tell there's some stuff hanging from the surface. There was also a bit of this and that convecting around. I gave the bottle a few nudges, now it seems pretty settled.
    I'll rack it out and give it a try soon. Not expecting much, but curious, and I have my next batch of fruit ripening ^^
     

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    Turns out the racking cane doesn't fit the bottle:rolleyes:
    I got a clear, slightly milky liquid that smells kind of like apple cider with a hint of banana and tastes quite tart, with a hint of banana.
    I had enough for a grand total of 2 small bottles. It's 3.8% ABV... I shall try to forget about it and let it condition for a while.
     
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    For the record, I tried again steeping the bananas at a higher temperature, in the 66°C range, but didn't get any better results.
    I might try another method which consists of microwaving the bananas, potentially after freezing them.
    And next time I order brewing supplies I'll try to get some amylase for an extra enzymatic boost in the steeping method.

    I might also seek some promising-looking grass for the kneading method, I'm just worried about making foxpiss cider rather than banana cider.
     

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