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Mash Grinding Song

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Moto-suri (mash grinding), also known as yamaoroshi, is a process unique to kimoto brewing. It is a punishing task that takes several hours in harsh winter conditions, which is why in the old days brewery workers sang a song to keep their spirits up. A former master brewer says, "The grinding song brings the master brewer and brewery workers together. It guides us through this gruelling task." Now that it is no longer possible to see kimoto brewing at most Japanese sake breweries the song is rarely heard, so please enjoy this rendition of the Mash Grinding Song at Daishichi, where it is being passed on to this day. ?

Mash Grinding Song Mash Grinding Song

Kimoto brewing in action

Kimoto brewing involves an extremely large number of complicated processes. Here are video clips of three very distinctive steps: mashing, grinding and mash warming. To view, please click on the photograph of the process that interests you.

Start

[Start]

Adding the steamed rice, koji and water, then mixing by hand

QuickTime. Approx. 1300K

Grinding

[Grinding]

The mash grinding process is unique to kimoto brewing. Paddles are used to grind the mash into a yoghurt-like consistency.

QuickTime. Approx. 800K

Mash warmers

[Mash warmers]

An object like a hot-water bottle is used to raise the temperature of the mash. This spurs greater microbial activity.

QuickTime. Approx. 2000K

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