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. 
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Ferment Time: 2 days
Total Time: 2 days 10 minutes
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Fermented, GAPS, Gluten Free, Paleo, Vegan
Servings: 4 cups
Calories: 200kcal



  • 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 and 1 quart of 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 degas 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
  • 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.


Calories: 200kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 17mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 50g | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.3mg
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