How to Make a Stevia Liquid Extract

How to Make a Stevia Liquid Extract

Stevia rebaudiana, commonly known as sweetleaf, sweet leaf, sugarleaf, or simply stevia, is widely grown for its sweet leaves. As a sweetener and sugar substitute, stevia’s taste has a slower onset and longer duration than that of sugar. ` wikipedia Stevia is a natural sweetener with 0 calories that is unfermentable and does not provoke an insulin response for diabetics. It can be boiled or steeped in leaf form to sweeten teas, beverages and in cooking. Commercial liquid extracts are available (highly potent) through stores like GNC. Powdered single-serving packets can usually be found in supermarkets next to the Splenda or in the tea/powdered drink isle. This video shows you how to make a tincture (liquid extract) out of stevia leaves (dried or fresh can be used) to preserve the sweeness of the stevia over time and for the convenience of having it in liquid form for cooking, baking and brewing. A follow-up video will show how to strain and reduce the tincture for greater potency. Relevance to brewing: Stevia is a highly potent sweetener that is COMPLETELY UNFERMENTABLE, meaning you can safely add it to your finished brewing projects without risking fermentation kicking off again (causes bottle explosions and alcohol abuse/waste). If you cannot grow your own stevia or buy a locally farmed source of the leaves then I highly suggest you use the Organic leaf or powder stevia from Mountain Rose Herbs as your supplier. They are organic and certified pesticide free and my
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  1. SeachainAroonSep 19, 2012

    You presented how to make a poor quality stevia liquor. For the stevia sweetener, you got half of it and half of that half you got wrong.
    You need fresh plant that you chop finely and macerate in 90 proof alcohol (everclear) for 7-10 days (until it’s so dark greenit’s almost black). You strain the alcohol (can reuse the plant for a second batch) then you add 2/3 water for 1/3 alcohol and you simmer it until the alcohol is all evaporated. Thus you get the regular home-made sweetener.

  2. THEUncleBatmanSep 19, 2012

    The glycosides found in the stevia plant aren’t fermentable also they are heat and pH stable. However, you should test it on a small batch and determine the amount required, since it is *very* sweet. Good luck.

  3. valerie5575Sep 19, 2012

    If you don’t like using alcohol, u can use glycerin, honey or apple cider vinegar. It just won’t last as long as the alcohol one will.

  4. dan encisoSep 19, 2012

    stevia or ka’a he’e in Guarani (sweet grass) is of Paraguay (scientific name “Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni” after its discoverers Ovid Rebaudi Paraguayan scientists and Moises Bertoni Swiss-born but naturalized Paraguayan 1885 … yet it is found wild in the northeast of the country across the border with Brazil, hence leaving many to say that it is also home bras, which is not true, only that these were brought to Brazil from Paraguay for cultivation, in Paraguay there are over 300 varieties

  5. dan encisoSep 19, 2012

    Not only Stevia is native to Paraguay but also the Yerba Mate, who came from the Sierras and Amambai Mbaracayú site northeast of Country, used in Paraguay for hundreds of years, Paraguay is the largest producer of Stevia in America today are launching a new species of Stevia called in Guarani bone eireté honey.

  6. PompanoBeachBabeSep 19, 2012

    I always thought vodka was 80 or 90% proof. If you did the tincture and wanted to sweeten something or in baking, would you use the vodka that has been infused with stevia? I have seen some who dry the leaves and then grind them to a fine powder so you don’t think that would work with the vodka, right? You use just crushed leaves intead. What if a person did not want the alcohol? Would you just do the powder and go with that? I don’t like truvia as it is bitter. fresh stevia is better?

  7. TrailsEndFreelanceSep 19, 2012

    Been using Stevia for years. You are right, it is the sweetener of the future. Grow a ton in the backyard. Awesome video with tons of simple, helpful information. Keep up the good work!

  8. john84753Sep 19, 2012

    the grocery store stevia has a yukky aftertaste; but the home brewed is very nice.

  9. briana portesSep 19, 2012

    La Estevia es originario del Paraguay como la Yerba Mate, son autenticamente Paraguayos. Paraguay es es el mayor productor de esta planta edulcurante en America, posee una de las Plantas mas avanzadas en la industria de produccion de la estevia en polvo blanco.
    Pero ya podemos contar en la Republica Dominicana con la granja escuela el GREEM tenemos una PLANTACION SANA PARA MAYOR INF LLAMAR 1-809-780-5383 Y 809 780 5380

  10. briana portesSep 19, 2012

    La Estevia es originario del Paraguay como la Yerba Mate, son autenticamente Paraguayos. Paraguay es es el mayor productor de esta planta edulcurante en America, posee una de las Plantas mas avanzadas en la industria de produccion de la estevia en polvo blanco.
    Pero ya podemos contar en la Republica Dominicana con la granja escuela el GREEM tenemos una PLANTACION SANA PARA MAYOR INF LLAMAR 1-809-780-5383 Y 809 780 5380

  11. Matthew CunninghamSep 19, 2012

    Hello I have been growing stevia for a few years now and was looking for some feed back on my first home brew beer experiment that I boiled the hops to long and it is too bitter for my taste and I need to add some non ferment able sugars to reduced bitter taste.

  12. PapaToneysWorldSep 19, 2012

    I actually found Stevia plants at Home Depot. Bout a couple two years ago. Planted in the herb garden. It grew great and spread out in a way that eventually the two clumps grew together. During the first winter had a unusual freeze in Dec killing the plant. By March I noticed that the plant was growing again double in size. Seems to thrive on the central Texas heat and humidity with no issues. Has come back after every freeze. It does like water every other day n wilts when thirsty.

  13. offwithurheadSep 19, 2012

    So this was what Black Sabbath was actually singing about? 😀 Can I still smoke it though?…

  14. Scorpius662Sep 19, 2012

    What if we use the Everclear that is 75% (151 proof)…would the remaining 25% be enough to extract the water soluble compounds???

  15. jerrydff7Sep 19, 2012

    can you just eat it =)

  16. merddyn2002Sep 19, 2012

    it would likely just turn into pulp / paste. The powder is pretty fine so I doubt you would be able to separate solids from liquids.

  17. TeoroySep 19, 2012

    Hi, can I make it with stevia leaf powder I bough from a health food shop? thanks

  18. hercreativeheartSep 19, 2012

    Truvia sent me here.

  19. sympracticSep 19, 2012

    I wouldn’t know anything about medical properties or differences in the solubility of compounds, but if you just want to make a stevia extract and use it as a sweetener, boiling is IMO the best way to go about it. There’s nothing to say about the shelf life either, if you sterilize your container properly and pour the extract straight from the hot kettle. I’ve posted a howto video on this subject on my channel.

  20. Abrakadaver11Sep 19, 2012

    yeah alcohol=alcohol..so you’d better buy te cheapest one..

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