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Brewing Sake: Release the Toji Within

Brewing Sake: Release the Toji Within

Brewing Sake: Release the Toji Within

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Release the Toji Within Like Japan’s Toji, master brewers, you too can brew excellent saké. Brewing Saké details the ingredients, equipment, and knowhow for brewing Japan’s national drink, Saké. It will provide you with the ability to brew your own high quality sake and proudly share it with your friends and family. This is the first non-Japanese book entirely on brewing saké. Based firmly on the actual methods used by Japanese brewers, Brewing Saké details each step in the brewing pro

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  1. 6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great instructions for Home Brewing Sake, April 13, 2012
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    Unfortunately, there is a paucity of Sake books and I am always pleased to find a new one being published. Brewing Sake is a more technical guide, not really for the casual reader, with the intent of providing detailed instructions and explanations for how to brew Sake at home. It begins with a list and description of the equipment you will need for brewing, and then moves to a detailed, step by step procedure for brewing. If you follow these directions, you should be able to make a good Sake, even without fully understanding all of the reasons for each step.

    The subsequent chapters then go into much greater details on the ingredients, procedures, chemistry and science behind Sake brewing. For example, you will find a brief history of rice growing, not only in Japan but also in the U.S. and Australia. There is a large section on moto, yeast starter, production with information and procedures for five different systems. You will find multiple comparisons between commercial brewing and home brewing, indicating changes that the home brewer likely may have to make. Chemistry lessons play a part, and some of the information can get very technical.

    Despite its technical sections, the writing seems very clear and following the instructions seems easy enough. There are also numerous photos and charts to help to help you better comprehend the material. You will also find an informative glossary at the end of the book. The Sake information appears very accurate, and includes some information that you might not find in many other Sake books.

    The key audience for this manual is anyone who is interested in brewing their own Sake. For such individuals, this will be an invaluable reference book. I would also recommend picking up a more general book about the basics of Sake, to better understand this intriguing and delicious beverage. A home wine maker or beer brewer who wants to expand their repertoire should definitely consider buying this book too. A Sake lover would also be interested in this book, even if they don’t want to brew their own, as they would acquire a deeper understanding of the brewing process.

    This may be a niche book but it is one which was needed and I am also glad to see another book which further love and understanding for Sake.

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  2. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent pile of info, January 9, 2013
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    Pete

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    It needs some serious editing, but if you can see past that, there is some interesting information that I’ve never seen in print. Like most homebrew sake instructions you’ll find on the web, the book’s “recipe” is really just a morphed version of Fred Eckhardt’s. You’ll be a far cry from a toji after reading this book; however, there are some bits you can’t easily find elsewhere, like some details on the different moto styles. The book needs references. There are sporadic footnotes, but they rarely include proper sources. Tisk tisk. I was hoping, as a long time sake brewer, that I could glean a few more juicy details about this ancient art. That being said, I gladly paid the $20 (and would again) for a book on sake. An inexperienced sake brewer could pick up this book and make some good sake without straying too far from the pages. In the future, maybe we’ll see a revised/edited printing with a little more coherence. Keep it up.

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  3. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Its all in here!, April 2, 2012
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    Chuck

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    I just finished the book and I am also finishing up my latest batch of sake… this book covered everything I had already been able to gather from the Internet (including from the Author) and it includes more information, alternatives, and why it is that I’m doing the things I’m doing. This is the book you want if you’re brewing sake at home.

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