Vol. 1, Issue 7 (2014)
A traditional alcoholic beverage Jou: Prepared by Bodo community of Assam, India
Author(s): Miniswrang Basumatary, Mohesh Gogoi
Abstract: Bodo, the largest tribal community of Assam, has been practicing fermentation of â€œJouâ€ since the time immemorial and this liquor is being used in various rituals ceremonies and cultural festivals and it has got a special repute in the society. It is purely a herbal mixture of total nine plant species viz. Oryza sativa L., Ananas comosus (L). Merr., Musa balbiciana Colla., Artocarpus heterophyllus Lamk., Scoparia dulcis L., Clerodendrum viscosum Vent., Plumbago zeylenica L., Polygonum glabrum Willd., Cyclosorus dentatus (Forssk.) Ching. An endeavor has been made to understand the chemical and physical properties of the rice beer â€œJouâ€ by performing experimental study. Alcohol concentration ranges from 5- 6.4 % and pH was in between 3.5- 4.2. The method used for preparation of starter culture â€œAmaoâ€ and rice beer â€œJouâ€ and its economic importance has been discussed shortly in the present article.