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Shredders are machines used to grind agave and the result can vary greatly depending on the shredder. The Mexican government has given many mezcaleros shredders as a way to stimulate the mezcal economy. Certain mezcaleros refuse to use shredders while others will remove many of the “teeth” from the shredders to create an uneven grind (to simulate tahona or hand mashing). Nearly all industrial mezcal is produced using large industrial shredders.

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