Coconut wine is very popular in the Philippines and many people often refer to coconut wine as tuba. It consists of pure sap, with no bark mixed in, and it is usually milky white in color or sometimes it will have no color at all. Unlike most wines this wine is made to drink when it is fresh because it turns sour very quickly. If a more potent wine is desired then often times it can be distilled this will bring out a more desired stronger drink. If you want to try and make coconut wine then you can do it but it’s very difficult and can’t be made with just any container in any atmosphere.
Preparing to Make the Wine
The first thing that is needed is the bamboo containers you will need two different containers. This is to be able to collect the “juice” that will be needed in order to make the wine. The good news is that if you are going to try and make coconut wine yourself the chances are that you won’t have to worry about climbing the tree and gathering all the needed materials out in nature like those in other countries do, however since you don’t have the needed items as easily as those in other countries that can make things a little bit harder on you.
The Fermentation Process
If you are really serious about either learning how to make coconut wine or trying it yourself the chances are in order for you to be able to make a high quality wine then you are going to need to travel and watch a professional make it first.
The morning after all the sap that has been collected then the fermentation process begins. The sap will be placed into a glass container and that way any sediment can be seen through the glass, then it will start to bubble, it must be left in the container until the bubbling starts to subside. This will usually last three to four days.
After this you will want to carefully transfer it from one container to the other. The sediment will be on the bottom and you don’t want to move the sediment you want it to stay where it is. You can throw this away and, then the next step of distillation will take place, which will take four to five days. This should get rid of all the sediment. Now you should transfer from one container to another, then you will cover the container, then after a few weeks if you see more sediment then you will want to separate it again.
The longer that you let this wine ferment the stronger that it will become. Many people like to let their coconut wine age about a year and then drink it while some people prefer to let it age for three to five years because if you can wait that long it will usually have excellent taste to it. Coconut wine is something that most people don’t try to make at home, as it’s hard and much of the process is long and difficult.
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