image October 24

sake stuff friday: shikomi haigo (仕込み配合)

I’m asked a lot about how to make Sake batch recipes. Here is a video on that subject which should help get you started on understanding how a batch of Sake is constructed. For an link to a standard Shikomi Haigo for Sake, click here: http://bit.ly/1wwJ6tj  

image October 17

sake stuff friday: ponshukan

If you ever get a chance to go to Japan, don’t miss a trip to Niigata; with 93 breweries and great food it should be toward the top of any travel list. Check out this amazing local food and Sake emporium right in the train station! Ponshukan.

image October 10

sake stuff friday: water

posting some photos with our filtration set-up in the background caused some readers to ask questions about water and its role in Sake brewing – here is a short video on the subject.

Tenugui head October 03

sake stuff Friday: tenugui

sorry for the length of this video, I just love tenugui that much! It is interesting to note that this is the first one of these videos that I have ever edited or added photos to, easier than I thought to do. Enjoy.  

image September 26

sake stuff friday: sake shopping

Last week after the Joy of Sake I went Sake shopping at Mitsuwa and talked a little about the experience. Don’t be afraid or intimidated, go buy an amazing bottle of Sake today.

image September 12

Sake stuff friday: a real sake store

In this country we have a long road of Sake education to go before a lot of retailers are carrying and caring for a wide range of good Sake. However, on my last trip to Japan I went into a Sake shop in Niigata; land of 93 (or so) breweries. This is what I found.

the head of a single Koji fungus. You can also see some of the structures inside the fungus stalks. September 05

sake stuff friday: growing koji

Here is a quick video on koji growing and what it means to Sake.

image August 29

Sake stuff friday: old style Fune (sake press)

during my spring trip to Japan, I took this video to show an old style wooden Sake press. I forgot I had the video so now for Sake stuff friday I’m digging it out of the archives to share! Enjoy.

image August 22

sake stuff friday: periodicals

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image August 15

sake stuff friday: cups, cups, cups…