Mescal Maker

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A worker stirs maguey from an agave plant at a small factory in rural Oaxaca where 80% of the mescal made in Mexico. They produce 1,000 liters of mescal a month at the small factory. They bury maguey with dirt in an oven with hot rocks for 36-48 hours.  The burned plant is milled in the "machucar" with a horse pulling a heavy stone.  It is fermented 8-10 days and the manager, Fernando, plays classical music believing it has a positive effect on the fermentation.  It is distilled twice to be about 70% alcohol and stored for 3-6 months.
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