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Sake Step 1: Prepare the Rice!

Sake is a very complex alcohol that is made using a unique blend of wine-making and beer-brewing techniques.


In the Sake-making process, the first step is to prepare the rice for fermentation.

To this end, rice is passed over a rough stone to slowly ware down the hulls. The longer rice is pollished like this the better quality the Sake will be.

Polishing the rice like this process can take up to 4 days, and the finest quality of grains for making sake end up 50% of their original size.

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The World’s Oldest Beer Recipe was Written 4,000 Years Ago

Ancient Sumerians loved beer, too. One of their brewers wrote down (on stone tablets) what stands today as the oldest recorded beer recipe.

In a hymnbook dedicated to Ninkasi—their goddess of alcohol—this recipe was immortalized 4,000 years ago as a poem.

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