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How to make Tej (Ethiopian honey wine) – Start to finish

Tej is a honey wine made in Ethiopia and Eritrea, flavored with a shrub called gesho. Tej is floral, herbal, sweet, and effervescent. Lactic acid bacteria give it a slight funk and a bit of a sourness. Our tej recipe borrows from the scientific literature to try to replicate a traditional recipe with “modern” meadmaking practices – primarily: not doing a wild ferment, definitely using yeast nutrient, and bottle-conditioning with…

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