Tepache – Fermented Pineapple Brew

glass of tepache on a cutting board next to a bottles of fermenting pineapple

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Sweet, light, refreshing, Tepache is a mild, fermented pineapple brew made using pineapple peels. Tepache originated in Pre-Columbian central Mexico as a popular drink among the Nahua people.

In the náhuatl language, the word tepache means “drink made from corn,” and originally, tepache was made from corn (maize), but the contemporary recipe for tepache typically uses pineapple rinds—which is a great way to use up what might otherwise go to waste.

Though tepache is fermented for a few days, the resulting drink does not contain much alcohol, unless you add brewer’s yeast. In fact, the longer you ferment the pineapple, the more it gets closer to vinegar (which is great in its own right).

Make sure you use organic pineapples for this recipe. The fermentation process for tepache relies on the yeast that naturally lives on pineapple peels, so you’ll want to make sure your fruit doesn’t have any pesticides residues on it.

glass of tepache on a cutting board next to a bottles of fermenting pineapple

Tepache – Fermented Pineapple Brew

Sweet, light, refreshing, Tepache is a mild, fermented pineapple drink made using leftover pineapple peels. 
Prep Time: 10 mins
Ferment Time: 2 d
Total Time: 2 d 10 mins
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Fermented, GAPS, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan
Approx. Cost: $5
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 200kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Instructions
 

  • Rinse the pineapple to remove any dust or debris. Cut the peel and set aside, then chop the pineapple pulp. 
  • In a large glass jar, combine the pineapple peels and as much pulp as will easily fit, cane sugar or Piloncillo, cinnamon stick, cloves. Fill the jar with purified water. Add brewer's yeast if using. Shake or mix well.
  • Cover the jar or container with a fermentation lid, loosely fitted Mason jar lid, or cheesecloth wrap that allows the brew to de-gas continually. Place this container on your counter or in your pantry and let it sit for 24 for hours. (If it is hot in your kitchen, check after 12 hours.) 
    jar full of fermenting pineapple peels into tepache
  • With a wooden spoon, skim away any white foam that has formed on top of the liquid. Loosely cover again and let ferment for another 24–48 hrs. Feel free to taste it after 24 hours. DO NOT let it ferment longer unless you want to make pineapple vinegar.
  • Strain the liquid from your jar into a pitcher. Taste for sweetness and add more sugar, if needed. If you prefer a more diluted version, mix 1 cup of Tepache into 1 quart of water.
  • Serve over ice. If you are not using all the tepache right after it’s strained, store in a glass container in your refrigerator to enjoy later.

NUTRITION

Calories: 200kcalCarbohydrates: 51gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 17mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 1gSugar: 50gCalcium: 15mgIron: 0.3mg

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    1. Unless you refrigerate it, and use it up within a week or so, it will keep fermenting and become less tasty. It’s meant to be consumed relatively quickly, like fresh lemonade.

  1. Can I use the pineapple chucks again to make a second batch of beer or reuse it for something else, feels like a waste throwing away the fruit after straining the juices

    1. Dawn Gifford

      You can try for a second batch, but it doesn’t always turn out. You can also use more rind and less fruit next time as well.

  2. I’m having an issue where my Tepache develops mold on the tips of the pineapple rinds that are sticking out of the liquid after 2 days. I have it in a sunny spot indoors at between 65 and 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

    1. You’ll want to weigh the pineapple rind down so it stays under the liquid. Fermenting weights are perfect for this, but, in a pinch, you can also put some stones into two, doubled-up plastic sandwich bags.

    1. Yes. I think you will find it both tastes and fermentation compromised without it. The sugar is largely consumed by the bacteria/yeasts and is there to feed them.

      1. Hei Dawn, Today is the third day of the fermentation process, but I got confuse. My tepache has produced very very little white foam? is it something wrong?

  3. 5 stars
    This sounds delicious. I have tried making my own fermented drinks before but I have yet to use pineapple. My favorite fruit by far. Cannot wait to make this.

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