Sake guide

What is sake in the first place?
Sake is a unique Japanese alcoholic beverage made from rice, rice malt, and water.
It is classified as brewed liquor, which is liquor made by alcoholic fermentation with yeast.
Sake is made from rice and rice malt produced in Japan, and must be produced in Japan. Therefore, imported rice or imported sake cannot be labeled as sake.
It is called ``refined sake'' in a broader sense, including sake made from overseas rice.
What makes Junmai Daiginjo different?
After removing the bran from the sake rice, the ratio of the remaining rice is called the rice-polishing ratio, and sake that uses less than 50% of that is called junmai daiginjo sake. On the other hand, Junmai Ginjo is 50-60%.This means that Junmai Ginjo Daiginjo is made closer to the center of the rice.Junmai Daiginjo is said to have a fruity aroma and a clean taste with no harsh flavors. Please drink and compare which one is better.
How to make sake
The process is roughly as follows.
1. Polished rice
Remove the rice bran.The percentage of remaining rice is called the rice polishing ratio.It is also written on the product page of our shop. , around 70% is common. Depending on how much the rice is shaved, the taste will be reduced and the aroma will be affected.
2. Washing and soaking rice
Then wash the rice with water to remove the bran. Soak in more water.The quality of water is also very important to the quality of sake.It is often made in land with abundant and good quality water.
3. Steamed rice (Musai), standing to cool
Steam the rice.Regulate moisture and cool to appropriate temperature.
Four. Koji making
Aspergillus oryzae is applied to the rice and placed in a koji room where the temperature and humidity are maintained to make rice koji.The rice koji is further dried.
Five. Shubo-zukuri
In shubo-zukuri, shubo is made for alcoholic fermentation.Koji, yeast, lactic acid bacteria, water, and steamed rice are mixed to culture a large amount of yeast.
6. Preparation and Moromi making
Add shubo, koji, steamed rice, and water to ferment. This fermented state is called moromi. It is important to divide this work into three times and do it slowly, and this is called "three steps preparation".
7. upper tank
Squeezing the moromi is called Joso.It is divided into sake and sake lees.Sake that is still squeezed is unblended. Nigorizake is easily filtered through a coarse cloth or strainer.
8. Filtration and pasteurization
Furthermore, the sediment is allowed to settle and filtered using a filter. After that, heat treatment is called pasteurization.
9. Storage/Preparation/Sprinkling water
You can enjoy the change in taste by storing unblended sake, hiyaoroshi, etc.Blending and watering are performed to create sake suitable for various brands.
Ten. pasteurization/bottling
Furthermore, before shipping, it is pasteurized again and stabilized.We will bottle it and deliver it to you.
What is the difference between sake and shochu?
It's the difference between brewed and distilled liquor.Sake is a brewed alcoholic beverage made by fermenting rice.Shochu is made not only from rice, but also from sweet potatoes, barley, etc., but rice shochu is made by distilling it once it has been brewed.Distillation is the process of turning a liquid into a liquid by cooling it. Therefore, the alcohol content will be higher.Sake is around 15%, but shochu is around 20-25%.
Should I drink it hot or cold?
You can feel the umami and sweetness even more by making sake hot. The alcohol is also easier to feel, so the spiciness also increases.It is said that Junmai Daiginjo and genshu should not be served hot. This is because hot sake loses its gorgeous aroma.
On the other hand, junmai sake is served hot to enhance the umami of the rice, while honjozo sake has a clean, dry and refreshing taste that can be enjoyed hot.
By the way, cold means room temperature.Sake that has been chilled in a refrigerator is called cold sake.Atsukan is warmed with hot water to about 50 degrees Celsius, but nurukan is around 40 degrees Celsius.
However, the characteristics are different depending on the brand, so please try various things.
What is Toji?
Toji is the chief executive of sake brewing. The history of sake brewing dates back to ancient times. In other words, in ancient times it was a woman.
This became the term used to refer to master masters of male sake brewers.In modern times, both men and women are there.For a long time women were forbidden to enter, and even now there are few women.Traditionally, the toji formed a toji group and was a contract business, but it is increasing that the toji is also a manager who also serves as a brewery.
I heard that you are a sake master?
The owner, Takamin, is a sake master.
A sake sommelier is also called a sake sommelier, and is a qualification currently acquired in the sake industry.My role is to introduce the appeal of Japanese sake and have customers enjoy it.
Kikisake-shi is certified by the Federation of Sake Service Research Institutes and Sake Master Research Institutes (SSI), and is a qualified provider and seller certified by the NPO FBO.I am a professional in selling Japanese sake.

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