Sounds like you may have added too much sugar?
A plant like honohono grass has very little sugar content, and thus not much additional sugar is needed to create the osmotic pressure necessary to get the juice to come through the cell wall.
Master Cho’s book recommends using between 1/3-1/2 of the plants weight in sugar for making FPJ. So if I have 1 pound of honohono grass, I will typically add about a half pound of brown sugar to start the extraction.
Though others say the sugar cap is necessary, the literature only suggests the cap on the Fermented Fruit Juice recipe, where also the sugar is 1:1 or greater. Adding additional sugar on the top does not make any measurable difference in practice.
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