Brad Makes a Fermented Mexican Pineapple Drink (Tepache) | It's Alive | Bon Appétit

  • Published: 10 May 2017
  • Bon Appétit test kitchen manager, Brad Leone, is back with episode 7 of "It’s Alive," and this time he’s brewing up a refreshing batch of tepache. Highlights include, "I want to drink this all summer long" and "I hope this doesn't blow up."

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    Join Bon Appétit test kitchen manager, Brad Leone, on a wild, roundabout and marginally scientific adventure exploring fermented foods and more. From cultured butter and kombucha, to kimchi and miso, to beer and tepache, learn how to make fermented and live foods yourself.

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  • Sarah Kieny
    Sarah Kieny  2 years back

    Can you please add the actual measurements and full directions in the description or provide a link?
    I'd like to make this with a pineapple I have ripening on my counter at home!

    • mrknappster888
      mrknappster888  1 weeks back


    • PrivatePublic
      PrivatePublic  1 months back

      The all important question, what's the shelf life usually? With so much sugar to keep feeding the yeast I'd guess not too long before it goes to alcohol or vinegar but I've seen different people say a few days to maybe months

    • Lovely Hawaiian
      Lovely Hawaiian  2 months back

      I am growing one half an acre of white pineapples ( for the first time) , it’s going on 1 year. I can’t wait to try this drink! It will be a winner in Pahoa🌺

    • googlepleaseleavemealoneandstopaskingmetomakechannelsidontgiveashit
    • Tylor Bohlman
      Tylor Bohlman  3 months back

      For all the videos, please.

  • Chester Connell
    Chester Connell  2 hours back

    Could you explain the use of the word "minion?" with an editorial arrow indicating a person who appears to be a woman? A Mexican? in your video?

    • Hector Erickson Lopez Lowe

      You're only to use the pineapple peels, not the entire pineapple. No ginger necessary. Piloncillo is a must as its process is different from that of brown sugar. Three large Piloncillos, taste on the 2 day and if it needs more sweetnes add one more Piloncillo. Besides the cinnamon it also carries a few (6-7)cloves, again no ginger. Fermentation process 4-6days.

      • Hector Erickson Lopez Lowe

        Mexican tepache does not carry ginger in its making.

        • Jose Leyanna
          Jose Leyanna  2 days back

          Can you keep it for longer than 3 days in the bottles? I don't think my family would like it and I don't see myself drinking it all in a day

          • William Martin
            William Martin  2 days back

            I just put this together and found myself dropping things into the pitcher saying "bum, bum, bum".

            • Lando Polaroid
              Lando Polaroid  3 days back


              • Jessica Mikel
                Jessica Mikel  3 days back

                Brad makes syrup!

                • SweetNote #IAMNOTALONE

                  Adam Rapoport's office has a meat carcass painting?

                  • SweetNote #IAMNOTALONE

                    Make curtido next

                    • Sony187ful
                      Sony187ful  4 days back

                      Being back Vinny. New ones not as good.

                      • purplemonkeyelephant
                        purplemonkeyelephant  5 days back

                        Am I the only one that does a little dance to the intro music? IT'S SO PURE

                        • Matthew Harrison
                          Matthew Harrison  1 weeks back

                          Yo brad
                          I have been making many fermented drinks since watching this video, most successful.
                          However occasionally I have had them turn to slime, basically wall paper paste!
                          I can find any information regarding this problem.
                          Do you have any advice?

                          • P Dee
                            P Dee  1 weeks back

                            I wonder if that basic recipe could be fermented to a 2 to 4% alcohol content? I'll have to follow your lead and start experimenting.

                            • Zetty Yusof
                              Zetty Yusof  1 weeks back

                              Love the way brad always calls Gabby like “GABBYYYYYYY”

                              • JDub704
                                JDub704  1 weeks back

                                Not sure who edits these videos, but he is not getting paid enough!! These are pure GOLD!!!!!

                                • redolentone
                                  redolentone  1 weeks back

                                  This is a great idea for fermentation. You talk way way too much. You don't give the measurements for anything including the brown sugar. There is a lot of UTUBE competition and you need to maybe watch yourself and make some adjustments?

                                  • OSanchezO
                                    OSanchezO  2 weeks back

                                    I would say thays more like Caribbean drink, i have seen this made in Haiti, Dominican republic Cuba, and Jamaica atleast but not sure if it really originated in mexico

                                    • David Mireles
                                      David Mireles  2 weeks back

                                      You can't make tepache without piloncillo. The flavor wouldn't work. If you're gonna do that, then at least add molasses. It should be sweet, but it should taste mostly like pineapple skin smells, but with spices. And it's usually made with JUST the peels with the little bit of fruit that sticks on them when you peel it. And adding that habañero is ok because it should be spicy (as in with the ginger, cinnamon, and clove, not capsaicin ) and it works great with pineapple, but this is the first time I've ever seen anyone do that.

                                      • Jesse Dalupang
                                        Jesse Dalupang  2 weeks back

                                        How do you figure out the macros (nutrition facts) for tapache? I made a batch and it’s amazing

                                        • Nina Nine
                                          Nina Nine  2 weeks back

                                          my grandmother always makes this chicha.

                                          • Ingrid Gigi
                                            Ingrid Gigi  2 weeks back

                                            An easy way to make tepache:
                                            You'll need the pineapple juice your mom bought you or made u for lunch, forget it at school and find it 3 days later, boom tepache

                                            • Andrew McGregor
                                              Andrew McGregor  2 weeks back

                                              Organic doesn't mean No Pesticides, It only means the soil was organic. Growers still have to coat the crops with levels of pesticide to protect the crops from probable damage or ruin
                                              And fungicides as well

                                              God bless✌️

                                              • Connor Douglas
                                                Connor Douglas  3 weeks back

                                                Brad you should do a “wild fermented” apple cider bud

                                                • Open Eye
                                                  Open Eye  3 weeks back

                                                  1 the editing kills me lol and 2 Brad is my fav on this show.

                                                  • Justin Kuehn
                                                    Justin Kuehn  3 weeks back

                                                    liking the hex ferments bottle!

                                                    • Jayme Ann
                                                      Jayme Ann  3 weeks back

                                                      The woody part of the pineapple is my favorite part, it's fun to chew on. Unfortunately I have a slight allergy to pineapple, if it's fresh it makes my tongue bleed. For some reason canned doesn't hurt. There's my daily TMI, hope you enjoyed yourself.

                                                      • Brigitte Lopez
                                                        Brigitte Lopez  3 weeks back

                                                        Tepache is great, some Mexicans mix a little of baking soda to make it bubbling, delicious with birria.

                                                        • osuguy1984
                                                          osuguy1984  3 weeks back

                                                          Absolutely my favorite series on this channel. Brad's personality is wonderful to watch and to see him interact with the team is so fun, especially Vince. And on top of that, the editing is so engaging and fun! 🎊

                                                          • Bells Erivn
                                                            Bells Erivn  4 weeks back

                                                            We just made this! It was very tasty, the first bottle opened with a little pop, but we lost half the second bottle when opening it. It when off like a rocket in the middle of our dinner party!

                                                            • gabriel silva
                                                              gabriel silva  4 weeks back

                                                              hello, this beer is made of what? what is the brand

                                                              • Profe Antonio
                                                                Profe Antonio  4 weeks back

                                                                You have bad recipe , no habanero and no ginger, is no cambucha, you can remplace with clove and sugar Brown

                                                                • Mary Drake
                                                                  Mary Drake  4 weeks back

                                                                  I love that in BA Test Kitchen Land, you can just carry around a wine glass of liquid and ask people to try it, and not tooo many eyelashes are bat.

                                                                  • Ret Gnu
                                                                    Ret Gnu  4 weeks back

                                                                    Brad didn't cut the core off the second time around 😮

                                                                    • Robert Downey Jr.
                                                                      Robert Downey Jr.  1 months back

                                                                      Why would you make a fermented mexican pineapple drink tepache???

                                                                      Seriously though the title should be Mexican Fermented Pineapple Drink. Putting Fermented behind Mexican infers the drink is not fermented usually, which it actually is.

                                                                      • xhottestpink
                                                                        xhottestpink  1 months back

                                                                        Lmao he is HILARIOUS. I love him

                                                                        • Dario Cugia
                                                                          Dario Cugia  1 months back

                                                                          Te piace?

                                                                          • SpartanOdyssey
                                                                            SpartanOdyssey  1 months back

                                                                            Will BA every get a sponsor? I think not

                                                                            • Fifi Roche
                                                                              Fifi Roche  1 months back

                                                                              Watching this like two or three years after this channel got famous is honestly the best. Just hours and hours of intent of Brad fermenting with Vinny's editing; that's my Friday night.

                                                                              • alejsil1
                                                                                alejsil1  1 months back

                                                                                Ive made this for years and never added ginger nor peppers... we drink it like a soft drink

                                                                                • kyle Downing
                                                                                  kyle Downing  1 months back

                                                                                  Do you need to use the pepper?

                                                                                  • Mr Catalyst
                                                                                    Mr Catalyst  1 months back

                                                                                    Where the hell did you learn to do it.... I mean im mexican it doesnt need Chile and ginger,Brown sugar can be replaced instead of piloncillo also i like to add that is made in a wood container

                                                                                    • Jonathon Barberio
                                                                                      Jonathon Barberio  1 months back

                                                                                      Trying to make this. Did he use one or two pinapples?

                                                                                      • Joe Serrano
                                                                                        Joe Serrano  1 months back

                                                                                        LOL...Brad you're really IRIE! As for 'Piloncillo' the translation into english is 'Jaggery'. :D

                                                                                        • Lonnie James
                                                                                          Lonnie James  1 months back

                                                                                          I was wondering how the 2d batch did.

                                                                                          • Liz P
                                                                                            Liz P  1 months back

                                                                                            I need to make this!

                                                                                            • Coahuila 10
                                                                                              Coahuila 10  1 months back

                                                                                              I recently tried making this(my first time) but I didn’t add habanero what I did is after it was ready I added Tajín, and I also let it ferment for 40 plus days and man it was amazing

                                                                                              • mmedeuxchevaux
                                                                                                mmedeuxchevaux  1 months back

                                                                                                tap water?