San Jose El Alto already has a reputation as sort of a party school ("a centro de fiestas of all kinds - drugs, alcohol, prostitution, even bullfights") and Fernando Morales Díaz had the requisite handful of psychotropic pills and cocaine in his cell, but authorities also discovered a 20-liter tank of homemade pulque, that he was brewing in his cell and selling to other prisoners.
The production process is long and delicate. The maguey plant needs 12 years of maturation before the sap, or aguamiel, can be extracted, but a good plant can produce for up to one year. This aguamiel can be drunk straight, but it is alcoholic only after a fermentation process that can start in the plant itself.Dude was doing this in his prison cell. And only got caught because he went to the infirmary, which triggered a routine inspection of his cell. Anyone this ambitious ought to be granted clemency immediately and put to work at the highest reaches of state government.
The collected juice is placed into 50-liter barrels and carried from the field to the fermentation vats.... After placing the juice in the fermentation vats, mature seed pulque (semilla or xanaxtli) is added to "jump start" the process.... Fermentation takes from seven to 14 days, and the process seems to be more art than science. A number of factors can affect fermenting pulque, such as temperature, humidity and the quality of the aguamiel.