How to make sake in Japan

How to make sake in Japan

Categories: Asia | Production

Today, October 1, Japan celebrates the Day of Japanese Wine (Nihon-shu-no Hi), or, as you can translate for us foreigners, Sake Day. However, in the Land of the Rising Sun, this holiday is not official or national.

We decided to show you how the famous Japanese alcoholic drink is made.

Writes vobche: "Today we are going to a small family sake factory. Let's see under what conditions it is produced.

For some reason it seemed to me that we should come to the outskirts of the city, to the industrial zone, dress up in overalls and get into huge white workshops, where bottles of sake are traveling on a kilometer-long conveyor belt, and workers in snow-white overalls stand and monitor the operation of automatic lines…

"I must have dreamed it," I thought, stepping over the threshold of the "enterprise"."

How to make sake in Japan

How to make sake in Japan

1.

How to make sake in Japan

2. The factory met us with several bags of rice, equipment for cleaning raw materials, soaking, fermentation, filtration, pasteurization and aging.

How to make sake in Japan

3. Let's get a little familiar with the production process and at the same time look at the photos. Rice of special varieties is used for sake preparation, which are distinguished by large and heavy grains with a high starch content. Special requirements are also imposed on water — it must contain potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium, but be free of iron and manganese.

How to make sake in Japan

4. At the first stage of production, rice is ground, while grinding from 10 to 50% of the grain.

How to make sake in Japan

5. The ground rice is washed with water and soaked for a period of several hours to a day.

How to make sake in Japan

6. Then the rice is subjected to steam treatment. Part of the steamed rice is used to make sourdough — a culture of mold fungi is added to it and kept in a warm and humid room for about 35 hours.

How to make sake in Japan

7. Next, the resulting wort is mixed with steamed rice and water, after which the main fermentation takes place for 15-35 days.

How to make sake in Japan

8. The resulting drink is defended and filtered. To obtain sake with a milder taste, pasteurization and aging in special sealed tanks are used for 6-12 months.

How to make sake in Japan

9. Well, then it remains to pour sake into a container and stick labels.

How to make sake in Japan

10. The products are stored here, under a canopy ... we moved around the factory in slippers.

How to make sake in Japan

11. That's it, sake production. Of course, there are also very modern productions of this drink. At the factory, of course, there is a shop and a small tasting room, where we went further. The tasting process was simple: they brought us small glasses with a drink, and we drank them

Keywords: Alcohol | Interesting | Drinks | Sake | Japan

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