Brew your own Banana Beer - Kwenga Urwagwa
Dimly lit "bar", where Mitch, Kara, Jobb and I sampled our first banana beer
The first night I arrived in Kigali, Taylor took me to a local "bar" that served homemade banana beer. For those that would like to attempt to make some, I've attached the recipe I found at the National Museum of Butare.
- Cut a ripe stalk of bananas
- The stalk is covered in banana leaves and left to ripen for two or three days.
- The pit that will be used for fermenting is cleaned.
- Covered with trunks of banana trees...the bananas are laid on top.
- They are wrapped in fresh banana leaves before covering with a layer of dirt.
- A fire is lit under them and left for three days.
- The fruit is peeled and crushed, and the juice is diluted with a little water.
- The pulp is pressed, and the juice filtered.
- A little sorghum is grounded.
- The sorghum flour is added to the juice which is poured into a large vat over the hearth.
- It is left to ferment for three days.
- The drink is ready! Cheers!