About the Process of Sake Brewing and Sake Brewing Songs

Each stage of the sake brewing process has a sake brewing song. Let’s look into what songs were sung at what stage.

Process StageProcess DetailSake Brewing Song
Aki Arai (Autumn Wash)Washing buckets and toolsArai-uta
1:Washing RiceWashing milled riceKomearai-uta
2:Steaming RiceSteaming the washed rice
3:Koji PreparationPreparing koji with the steamed rice
4:Moto PreparationMaking sake fermentation starter (Moto) with koji, steamed rice, water, and yeastMotosuri-uta, Motokaki-uta​, Kaiire-uta, Kazoe-uta
5:Moromi PreparationPreparing Moromi (fermenting mash) with sake fermentation starter, koji, steamed rice, and waterKaiire-uta, Kazoe-uta
6:PressingPressing the moromi
7:RackingRacking the pressed sake to remove remaining lees
8:PasteurizationHeat-treating the sake
9:Aging
10:Distribution
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