CraftGene Craft_vol.0

Why do not you travel in Japan to see craftsmen? There are many charms in the rural areas of Japan to satisfy you.


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4CraftGene“Refiningreferstopolishingthericegrain,correct?Ihearthatsakeusesverypolishedrice--doesthisaffecttheflavorthatmuch?”“Basicallyspeaking,polishingisdescribedintermsofhowmuchofthericeisleftbehindafterpolishingtheexterior.TheSotendendaiginjoispolisheddownto35%oftherice.Theexteriorofthericeispolisheddown,leaving35%remainingatthecore,orshinpaku.’”“Thisisquitealuxurybrew,givingthatarepolishingoverhalf,downto35%.”“Yes,itcertainlyis.Usingtheexteriorofthericeforsakeproducesunwantedoffflavors.Polishingmoreawaymakesthetastemuchclearerwhenbrewed.However,whenpolishedawaylikethis,thericebecomesverydelicate,soitmustbehandledwithcare.”“Soit’slikestrippingawaythearmor’protectingtherice.”Heshowsmeadisplay,saying,Takealookatthis.”Itfeaturesanexplodedviewofaricegranuleafterabsorbingwater.“Thisisriceafterit’sbeenpolished.It’squitedifferentfromthericeyounormallyeat,isn’tit?”“Itsureis.It’salmostanoval.”“Thisphotographshowsthericeabsorbingagoodquantityofwater.Weallow30%ofthericetoabsorbwater,andthisareabecomeswhite,whiletheinteriorremainstransparent.Onceit’sready,it’stimetosteamit.”“Isthatprocessofsubmergingitto30%donemanually?Oristhereamachinetomeasureit?”“Itisdonebyhand.Welookattheconditionsoftheriseandthendecidewhetheritisfittosteam.Thisdecisioniscritical,asisthequalityofthericeitself.Togetittoproperlyabsorbwaterlikeinthisphoto,thericehastobeofhighqualityfirst.”“Whatdoyoumeanbyqualityrice?”“Whatwewanttoavoidatallcostsishavingthericegranulescrack.Eachgrainshouldhaveadistinctshapeandbefirm.Thepolishingandsoakingisourjob,butwerelyonfarmerstoproducegoodricetomakethishappen.Inthatsense,itisthefarmerswhoproducethequalityrice,andwemodifyit.Onlythroughthatqualityricecanwegetqualitysake.”Thesecondfloorofthebrewery.Isawthemashupclose,coveredinwhitebubblsandrightinthemidstoffermenting.Thetallandvastbarrelsonthefirstfloorcanonlybelookedintofromthesecondfloor.Thericequietlyandsteadilyfermentedwithin,transformingintosake.DaisukeKashiwa,thechiefbrewer,gavemeatourinperson.Heissoft-spoken,buthasanimpishstreak.Heshowedmecustom-madedisplaysinwhichtheyexplaintheprocess.Evenforabeginnerlikeme,itwaseasytounderstand.Thepolishedriceisthensoakedinwater.Ricecultivatedbyfarmersistreatedwiththeutmostcare.Thequalityofthesakecomesdowntohowcleanlyitcanbemadetoabsorbwater.Thericeafterhavingthoroughlyabsorbedthewater.Theidealisawhiteexteriorandtransparentinteriorgrain.65%oftheouterbodyispolishedaway.Theresultingshapeisquitedifferentfromthericeweusuallyeat.Apotsteamingrice.Apparently,thesekettlesaregas-poweredtoday.Theyaretallerthanagrownadult.Whenfermentingthemash,thestaffatOtokoyamaHontenstartworkat8:30AMeachday.


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