Tepache Medicine

topic posted Sun, March 18, 2007 - 3:51 AM by  Star
Mexican Brew.
Pinapples and Raw Local Honey only.
Ten Days.

I am a bit concerned about the lack of information on the health benifits of this drink. I have found that the possible cultures include : Bacillus subtilis, B. graveolus and the yeasts, Torulopsis insconspicna, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Candida queretana (Aidoo, 1986).

but am still trying to find out what this means.
My friend says it is a wonderful medicine,
and while I'd like to believe it
I don't see how something which looks to be made like fruit wine could make your liver work better and enhance your immunity.

Can anyone PLEASE give me information which is valid and backable or just tell me stories about your own personal experience with the drink? If none of this is possible, at least respond with what you know of medicine or the cultures I copied and pasted.
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  • Re: Tepache Medicine

    Sun, March 18, 2007 - 5:22 AM
    See if this link gives you some of what you are looking for:

    A lot of people who brew kombucha tea do not classify this as a medicine but rather as a food/beverage that has many health benefits. Kombucha doesn't "treat" specific ailments per se but rather supports and nourishes the body so that it can do what it was meant to do which is to repel destructive invaders and repair damage done by daily living.
    • Re: Tepache Medicine

      Sun, March 18, 2007 - 5:39 AM
      I'm not asking about Kombucha. I already love and admire the drink.
      Tepache is completely different.

      Please, explain Tepache.

      For those who wanted to know about CANDIDA, though, Sandra's link will answer your questions from the medical feild. And, since the claims about Tepache from my friend are similar to the claims on Kombucha, I will use the article to compare/contrast. But, NOT what I'm looking for, though I thank you for your promptness and encourage the placement of the link in the Candida topic or any topic looking for scientific proof. Excellent article.
      • Re: Tepache Medicine

        Sun, March 18, 2007 - 6:54 AM
        Sorry that is what I get for posting so early in the morning...I read something entirely different....brain in slow gear I guess.
        • Re: Tepache Medicine

          Tue, March 20, 2007 - 8:35 AM
          Myy brain was NOT working either yesterday.. I'll tell you. Slower than molasses in January! :) A friend said he found a cyberbook on fermentation which lists the medicinal properties of tepache. I have yet to see it, but when I do, I'll post a link and describe what I found. I did save the info, though, to compare to Tepache, because the claims (before research) is that they are nearly identical, and your article, Sandra, was perfect for comparison and contrast-ison. Anyone else, feel free to comment, though, we're never done learning... even if we're feeling a little slow in the processing department.
          • Re: Tepache Medicine

            Sun, April 1, 2007 - 10:48 AM
            What I do know about Tepache is that it can get you nicely drunk, but it can cause a wicked hangover (never experienced that part myself).
            • Re: Tepache Medicine

              Wed, May 9, 2007 - 10:17 AM
              I drank some in mexico along the road.....It was hard to drink but intersting....we where really thristy and didn't know what it was :)
              • Re: Tepache Medicine

                Sun, May 20, 2007 - 8:30 PM

                All I know is that it taste REALLY good on a hot day, with lots of ice, lime juice, and chile powder... Mmmmm......

                And it doesn't have alcohol, so I'm not sure how you could get drunk off it. If it did, it was probably left to ferment too long, Usually you're supposed to drink it pretty fresh. And it's normally molasses that's used as a sugar, not honey... Chemically I have no idea what it has but damn it tastes good!!!!
                • Re: Tepache Medicine

                  Tue, May 22, 2007 - 9:40 AM

                  As far as making it, you only use the pineapple peel, molasses, and water. It only ferments for a couple days, but I'm not sure of the exact process. I haven't heard of it having any specific medicinal qualities, but it's probably full of enzymes and neat cultures. It's also pretty infamous for typhoid and salmonella, but that has more to do with the quality of water used (it's never stopped me from drinking it)... The molasses adds tons of minerals as well...

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