Back from Japan…

this week, here are some pictures from the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery museum

Well we made it back from Japan this week. Still suffering from jet lag but that is how it goes. I thought that I would continue the description of the trip I started in the last post and add some of the pictures we took. However, this takes a long time the way I am doing it so I will just be dribbling this out to you.

For this week, here are some pictures from the Hakutsuru Sake Brewery museum.

Entry to the museum.
Kurabito emptying the koshiki of rice after steaming
Kurabito emptying the koshiki of rice after steaming
Koji making in the background and tools up front
Koji making in the background and tools up front
Stack of Hangiri or half cut barrels for making kimoto with kai-ire method.
Stack of Hangiri or half cut barrels for making kimoto with kai-ire method.
Kimoto Production - The Yama-oroshi process of mashing the moto with a kai in an hangiri
Kimoto Production - The Yama-oroshi process of mashing the moto with a kai in an hangiri

This picture is of a couple of kurabito (蔵人) making a kimoto (生酛) by preforming the yama-oroshi (山卸) process. They do this by mashing the mixture with a tool called a kai (???) that has a flattish part on the bottom of the pole in the kurabitos’ hands. All of this mixing and mashing is done in a hangiri (半切), the half cut barrel.

Front Center cut away of tool to regulate the mash temperature (name?)
Front Center cut away of tool to regulate the mash temperature (name?)

This picture has a tool, don’t know the name, used to regulate the temperature of the mash. These are stored on a shelf in the back of the picture and a cut out version in the front center showing how it can be filled with hot or cold water before it is placed in the mash to control the temperature.

Kurabito atop large vat working the Moromi mash
Kurabito atop large vat working the Moromi mash
Kurabito securing the ties on a keg of taruzake
Kurabito securing the ties on a keg of taruzake
A display of 4 Packs of canned sparkling Sake
A display of 4 Packs of canned sparkling Sake