The Real Truth About Yellow, Gold, & Bentuangie Kratom.
Yellow. The mystery leaf color in the world of kratom. In Indonesia, it is called, Kuning. So, everyone strap in your seatbelts and get ready for some rare knowledge to be dropped. This article will be about the mysterious process in making yellow kratom. Luckily for us, I have gotten to the bottom of this secret. No more, shall we go another day with confusion as to how this amber colored frond is actually created.
I say created, because it actually is created. It is not a normal color found in the world of kratom. You can see the shroud of ignorance on your own. Just google, “yellow kratom.” Most websites mention the word vein in the title right after the word yellow. But, the facts do not justify this appelation. Under no circumstances, will you ever find a true “yellow vein.”
As some of you might know, achieving the color and title of a yellow kratom, has nothing to do what the natural seams of the leaf, we call the veins. Veins themselves can only be three colors. While there are many shades to these colors, the veins can only represent green, white and red. I assure you, there is absolutely no yellow vein available in our current world. So, if you see any website with the title, body, or product: “Yellow Vein”. Please ask the owner of that website to explain how their veins got yellow. Don't let them fool you though. There is no naturally occuring yellow vein. So, if you have stumbled upon the world's first yellow vein kratom, I definitely want to purchase that freak of nature.
In all seriousness, ask them how they achieved that magic hue they are claiming they carry. At no point, does nature produce yellowish veins. And in our reality, you don't want any veins in your kratom. That part should be filtered out of your powder and left for all those people who support those prodigous stem and vein placebo like effects. I will write an article on the stem and vein craze very shortly. But, in short I am a very big disbeliever in its effects. I will one day tell you why you get effects from S & V, but right now we are talking about kuning.
There are a couple ways you can achieve yellow kratom. Unfortunately, these many methods have been coupled with a culture of secrecy, to muddle the mystery of kuning kratom. Indonesians have tried many methods, in the attempt to change the leafs colors to that magic amber. As a matter of fact, there is no straightforward answer. And, I will also give you some unsettling news about these methods.
The science behind this yellow tinged leaf is the proponent in any method used to achieve the desired color. The reason why the leaf turns yellow, is kind of gross to a lamen but very similar to that of a professional tobacco farmer.
Fermentation is the natural process during which the leaves alkaloid content gets shaken up a little. In addition to this, the leaves characteristics such as flavor, aroma, and of course the color are developed during this process. The amount and the rate the leaves change are according to the procedure the farmers actually takes to ferment the leaf.
During most fermentations leaves are piled into a 'bulk', which is essentially stacks of leaves that have been strategically placed on top of each other. I have gotten many answers on how many leaves are actually stacked together. But, the average seems to be 8ish.
This process needs moisture and warm air to be succesful. Now, while most Indonesian farmers dry their leaves outside, on the ground. The moisture needed can be created by rain, moist towels, or a quick leaf soak.
An indoor yellowing is probably the most clean way to achieve this color. But, there are lots of farmers who achieve their yellow by the sun influencing this process negatively. While the sun will speed up the color yellow itself, the leaf is at the mercy of the outside elements. I am talking rain and heat. There are times where farmers will simply let the leaves dry and then let the rain wet them again, so they can dry again while fermentation happens naturally in the outside setting. These are not the yellow leaves you wish to get. These leaves have diminshed alkaloids from the constant sun and the horribly inaccurate natural process that this unsanitary process produces.
Luckily there are many farmers who take pride in the kratom that you are buying. While the remaining water inside a fresh leaf can be enough to ferment the leaf, sometimes especially in areas with good ventilation farmers will add a little water back to the leaf. Not soaking them at all. But, placing a wet towel on top of them and rotating them.
In areas of normal ventilation or no ventilation, the remaining water inside the kratom leaf and the weight of the stacked layers generates a natural heat which ripens the kratom. The leaves are periodically removed to be shaken and moistened and the 'bulk' is rotated so that the inside leaves are on the outside and the bottom leaves are placed on top. This will ensure an even fermentation.
The additional moisture on the leaves, plus the actual rotation of the leaves themselves, generates heat, releasing the natural ammonia that changes the alkaloid levels that were present in the fresh version of the leaf.
If this process is started inside, in a dark, warm room, with proper ventilation, the process will take 7 to 10 days. The first 90% of the leaves journey during those days, will be inside. Of course, if you have a farmer that doesn't just let this process happen outside, by wetting, drying, wetting, drying, etc. That wet, dry, outside process isn't healthy and degrades the leaf. While the alkaloids do change in the leaf, and will inspire an effect. It will be short lived. The effect will only be noticed the first or second time using the powder. The degraded leaf will most definitely be adjusted to by the body quicker than a leaf with a complex enhanced set of alkaloids. That happens during a professional fermentation. But, no matter the start of the fermentation journey, it will most likely end outside in the sun. The yellowing process will journey outside, underneath the sun, to properly dry these leaves and finish the process.
Okay. Now that we know the science behind yellow kratom. It's time to bring you into the world of professional kratom farmers. I have two different farmers (who I don't use) that add material into the kratom itself. Reports have been given to me by the actual farmers themselves.
What they do is make a thick tea of cat's claw and tongkat ali. They will soak the kratom leaves in that tea. Then, they will take those leaves and start the stacking process, inside a room with proper ventilation. Essentially, using the same techniques I just mentioned previously, but adding other ingredients to your kratom.
While cat's claw is used by some of the people I know. It is also known to cause miscarraiges in pregnant mothers. So, this news was quite a surprise. The yellowing process itself wasn't altered that much in the method of adding the cat's claw and tongkat ali. But, the entry of foreign materials brought larger questions to the forefront.
How many farmers out there add these chemical altering materials into their yellowing process? Is this the only method out there?
The people I spoke to called these processes a “secret.” They seemed proud to be introducing these materials into the leaf with out telling people of its inclusion. Are you okay with this process? Now, when you get a yellow kratom that seems to give you a calming feel and an over whelming different taste or smell, you might have tainted kratom. While this method might work great, it really makes me question the integrity of certain farmers. Are you really sure there isn't anything added to your yellow kratom?
So, now that we know how a yellow or gold kratom is made, we can answer the same question about bentuangie. Bentuangie kratom is essentially the same process as yellow, but it is started as a red vein, as opposed to a green or white.
Unfortunately, I worked for a company that used to mix Red Maeng Da and Green Maeng Da and call it Bentuangie. I will not name the company, but I will tell you that's what they did. I don't agree with this at all. And, it most certainly fogs up the forecast of what your kratom really is.
Honestly, Bentuangie is different with a lot of vendors. Most vendors just use the fermenting process with a red vein and call it Bentuangie. But, there are a lot of vendors out there who are simply mixing strains and calling it what they want.
In short the answers are simple. Yellows and Bentuangies are essentially the same thing. Whites and Greens are usually a “yellow” kratom and the red vein turns into a “bentuangie.” The way you can tell if your bentuangie is real is by smelling it. If your kratom has that classic fermented smell. The kind that most yellows has, than you are in possesion of a real bentuangie. If your bentuangie looks like a regular kratom and smells like it too. Most likely you have a vendor who is lying to you about your strains. Or, they have a vendor who is lying to them and they are content without questioning the authenticity of the product they receive.
What did you learn tonight? You learned something most vendors down know and don't even care to find out. They continuosly type the word “vein” after yellow in their descriptions and know none the wiser. It's just a microcosm of the problem that is bigger. Most of your kratom knowledge you have read, has been written by someone who is making educated guesses. Then, there are people that read their educated guesses and made even more educated guesses. It's a horrible game of internet “telephone”. But, together we will beat this misinformation craze! Let's keep reading these articles and if you have a chance, share it. People need to know the truth behind the yellow!