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Old 09-10-2012, 05:41 PM   #1
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Default Brew sake in glass carboy?

I'm working on my first batch of sake. Many recipes seem to call for using a bucket with an airlock, I think since it makes it easier to stir in the rice/koji additions. I would prefer to use something glass or stainless, so I'm trying to figure out if sake can be effectively brewed in a glass carboy? Thanks.

I started my kome koji. It is very interesting seeing the mold grow and how much heat that produces. It said to keep it at 86F, wow after a day or so the mold is growing and it smells 'cheese like' as they say, and it's staying at 88F without any added heat right now.

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Old 09-10-2012, 09:46 PM   #2
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You can ferment in a carboy as long as you leave some head space for foaming.

Typically a bucket is used because they are bigger in volume than carboys. So when you rack into secondary fermentation, your head space is minimal.

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Old 09-11-2012, 12:32 AM   #3
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Alright great thank you, I have 5g and 6.5g carboys available so maybe I will use a 6.5g primary with lots of headspace and rack into a 5g for finishing.

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I've got a bag of expensive Japanese milled rice that's been sitting for the better part of this summer waiting for me to get off my but and make sake.
Man, I LOVE hot sake in the wintertime.
I gotta get with the program.

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It does sound good! My kome koji is finished so I sealed the container inside two trash bags and put it in the fridge. Now if Home Depot ever gets my chest freezer delivered without smashing it up first I can actually start brewing.

I'm using Hime short grain rice I got from Amazon in 5 lb bags. I'm also trying some Lundeberg short grain sushi rice. I read mixed reports about using brown rice, I think I might actually like a brown rice version so I think I may try that also, except possibly still using white to make the kome koji.

I suppose the other option here would be use a 5g carboy and then a 3g carboy, to keep the volumes down a little bit ... hm ...

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hey guys, sorry this might be a bit random, but is there an existing thread about brewing Sake? or if you guys have a good source for a kit or anything i would love to see it, I definitely want to brew sake before too long! thanks!!

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There are some threads, if you use the Google searxch they come up. There is an excellent site I found for it wig tons of details and photos Taylor Meadak I think was the name.

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ok great, thank you! i just didn't want to bumble into buying a kit without knowing what equipment i'm going to need... i basically just have a really basic home-brew setup at home so i wanted to make sure i can do my research... thanks again!

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Sake you need to be able to steam rice. And you need to buy kome mojo or make it from rice innoculated with the spores. Sake you need somewhere you can keep it around 50F during much of the brewing.

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hm i might need to wait on Sake then, i don't really have a reliable temp control situation at my apartment, thanks!

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