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The Gospel of Rice Wine


Rice is a staple grain that has been relied upon as an essential source of food for thousands of years. For almost as long as rice has been utilized for food, it's been fermented into wine. Rice wine, in its various forms across the world, has such a rich history. Our goal is to spread the knowledge and joy of making rice wine to the entire world. 

 

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The Gospel of Rice Wine


Rice is a staple grain that has been relied upon as an essential source of food for thousands of years. For almost as long as rice has been utilized for food, it's been fermented into wine. Rice wine, in its various forms across the world, has such a rich history. Our goal is to spread the knowledge and joy of making rice wine to the entire world. 

 

 

Make Rice Wine at Home

We believe the best way to spread the gospel of rice wine is through education. On our blog you'll find guides on how you can make rice wine at home. We'll be updating it regularly with various tips and experiments we come up with. Feel free to contact us if you'd like to contribute any ideas.

 
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RICE+YEAST=WINE


Making rice wine is more similar to the process of making beer than it is to making wine. However, the process is much simpler and only requires 3 main steps. 

RICE+YEAST=WINE


Making rice wine is more similar to the process of making beer than it is to making wine. However, the process is much simpler and only requires 3 main steps. 

Step 1

Washing and cooking the rice

Like beer, it all begins with a grain; in this case rice. It's important to wash your rice first to make sure you get off any dirt or other unwanted sediment. After the rice is washed thoroughly, it's ready to be steamed. Cooking rice for making wine is no different than cooking rice to eat. If you've never cooked rice before, there are plenty of guides online.

Step 2

Fermentation 

After the rice is cooked and cool enough to handle, it is now ready for the yeast. It's best to add the yeast in batches. In fact, there are some methods where a starter batch of rice and yeast is made first a few days before adding the bulk of the rice. After the rice and yeast are combined, all you have to do is let it sit in a warm area and let the yeast do its work.

Step 3

Filtering and Bottling 

Fermentation typically takes between 3 to 4 weeks but its best to check on the rice daily to make sure. Once the air bubbles begin to subside, its ready to filter. A cheesecloth or paint straining bag are the easiest way to filter out the large bits of rice. Some cultures actually enjoy leaving the rice sediment in the wine or even eating the leftover rice later. After straining or filtering the rice, the wine is now ready to be bottled and enjoyed!


For a more detailed guide on how to make rice wine at home check out our blog here.

FAQs


FAQs


Why don't you call it Sake?

Well for starters, Sake is produced exclusively in Japan. Rice wine is made throughout the world and we want to help people understand, learn about, and experience the many other cultures that make rice wine. For instance, rice wine made in China and Korea is completely different in the way its made and in flavor from Sake. I'll write a more detailed post about the differences in the future. 

Also, the term "Sake" is a bit of a misnomer. Sake, in Japanese, actually just means generally any alcoholic beverage, including beer and whiskey. What most people think of as Sake is actually called Nihonshu. Yes I know I'm being pedantic but one of my hobbies is correcting people so there, you're welcome (insert "The More You Know" picture).

Will you be selling kits/materials for making rice wine at home?

Yes! We're in the process of sourcing materials to sell in our store as well as designing an all-in-one system for making rice wine at home. Subscribe to our newsletter above to get the latest updates.

Will you be selling your own brand of rice wine?

That's the end goal. We want to one day make our own brand of rice wine that's brewed in america using american ingredients. It's not an easy process but the first step is experimenting with different techniques and ingredients to produce a wine that meets our highest expectations. Once we're ready to debut our wine, you'll be the first to know.