It’s a Kind of Magic: How Sake is Made Part 2
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It’s a Kind of Magic: How Sake is Made Part 2

The second part of the exciting two-parter about how sake is made. I never stop admiring the skill and craftmanship of sake brewers. They manage to create a beautiful drink from rice and water. In this episode we continue exploring the sake brewing process learning about sandan jikomi, multiple parallel fermentation, pressing and post-production.

As it’s tuned out, the episode contains a lot of Japanese terms for various parts of the sake brewing process. In order to make life of the listeners easier, I have compiled a short dictionary at the end of the show notes.

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Episode’s Content:

  • Recap from the previous episode
  • Sandan Jikomi
  • Multiple Parallel Fermentation
  • Why open tanks?
  • Sake pressing
  • Preparing sake for bottling (post-production)
  • Sake of the episode: London Kanpai Taru Barrel-Aged Junmai

Kampai!
Sake mentioned:
Taru Barrel-Aged Junmai
Kanpai London
London Sake

Episode Dictionary
Moto/Shubo (酛/酒母) – yeast starter
Sandan Jikomi (三段仕込) – a three-stage mixing process of sake fermentation mash
Moromi (醪) – sake fermentation mash
Hatsuzoe/soe (初添/添) – Day 1 of Sandan Jikomi
Odori (踊り) – Day 2 of Sandan Jikomi (resting day)
Nakazoe/naka (仲添/仲) – Day 3 of Sandan Jikomi
Tomezoe/Tome (留添/留) – Day 4 of Sandan Jikomi
Fune (槽) – sake press
Arabashiri (荒走り) – rough run
Nakadori/Nakagumi (中取り/中汲み) – mid run in sake pressing
Seme (責め) – the final run in sake pressing
Fukuro-tsuri (袋吊り) – hanging cotton bags
Shizuku-zake (雫酒) – drip sake
Tobingakoi (斗瓶囲い) – a special 18-litre sake bottle
Sake kasu (酒粕) – sake lees, a by-product of sake pressing
Oribiki (おり) – rice sediment
Roka ( ろ過) – filtering
Chozo (貯蔵) – sake maturation
Chougu (調合) – blending
Warimizu – (割水) – diluting sake with water

Music used:

Wirklich Wichtig (CB 27) by Checkie Brown https://freemusicarchive.org/music/Checkie_Brown_1005/hey/Wirklich_Wichtig_CB_27

Just Arround the World (Kielokaz ID 362) by KieLoKaz
https://freemusicarchive.org/music/KieLoKaz/Free_Ganymed/Just_Arround_the_World_Kielokaz_ID_362

Licence: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Vocal: Svetlana

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