THE 10 MAIN STEPS OF SAKE MAKING AS ILLUSTRATED BY ANTIQUE STATUES AT MAKINO BREWERY, FUJINOMIYA CITY!

THE 10 MAIN STEPS OF SAKE MAKING

The other day when visiting Makino Brewery in Fujinomiya City, I had the great pleasure to discover these antique statues/figurines depicting the 10 main steps of old-fashioned/traditional sake making!

I just could not resist sharing the fun!

Here we go!

Milling-polishing/精米 (seimai)

Milling-polishing/精米 (seimai)
Rice polishing

The rice has to be polished to a certain amount to get nearer to the proteins in its core depending on the quality of the sake.

Soaking/水汲み (mizukumi)

Soaking/水汲み (mizukumi)
Soaking of rice

The rice has to be soaked for easier washing and steaming.

Rice washing/米洗い (komearai)

Rice washing/米洗い (komearai)
Rice Washing

Rice steaming/米むし (komemushi)

Rice steaming/米むし (komemushi)
Rice steaming

Cooling/放冷 (hourei)

Cooling/放冷 (hourei)
Cooling the rice

The steamed rice had first to be cooled down in different manners according to the brewery’s traditions, brewer’s skills and the sake status.

Making of the kouji-malt/麹造り (Kouji tsukuri)

Making of the kouji-malt/麹造り (Kouji tsukuri)
Kouji Making

Once the steamed rice has been properly cooled down it is sprinkled with dry noble mold to turn the rice proteins into sugar before proper fermenting.

Stirring the fermentation starter/酛摺り (moto suri)

Stirring the fermentation starter/酛摺り (moto suri)
Stirring the fermentation

The kouji-malt has been added with yeast and water and more rice to become the fermentation starter and has to be regularly stirred to help the fermentation.

Adding a first batch of water to continue the fermentation/添え仕込み (soeshikomi)

water to continue the fermentation/添え仕込み (soeshikomi)
Adding water for the fermentation

Adding a third batch of water and completing the fermentation (about 4 weeeks)/本仕込み (honshikomi)

本仕込み (honshikomi)
Adding the third batch of water

Pressing/酒しぼり(sake shibori)

Pressing/酒しぼり(sake shibori)
Pressing the saké

The completed sake is then pressed before bottling, storage and delivery.

MAKINO BREWERY

Address: 〒418-0114 Shizuoka Prefecture, Fujinomiya City, Shimojo, 1037

Tel.: 0544-55-1188

Website: http://www.makino-shuzo.com

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