A. SAKE TYPE
a-1. Are there different types of sake?
a-2. Junmai-type sake
a-3. Tokubetsu Junmai-type sake
a-4. Honjozo-type sake
a-5. Ginjo-type sake
a-6. DaiGinjo-type sake
a-7. Nama-type(Draft type) sake
a-8. Nigori-type sake
a-9. Genshu-type sake
a-10. Kimoto-type sake
a-11. Taruzake-type sake
B. SAKE MAKING PROCESS
b-1. How is sake different from wine and beer?
b-2. How long does it take to make sake?
b-3. How long is the fermentation stage?
b-4. Is the production of sake seasonal?
b-5. What is pasteurization?
b-6. Do you use wooden barrels for production?
b-7. What do you do with the leftover sake lees (sakekasu) after pressing moromi?
b-8. Can you purchase sakekasu at a Japanese market?
b-9. How does the sake brewing process make possible alcohol levels of 15% or higher?
C. SAKE INGREDIENTS
c-1. What is Koji (mold)?
c-2. What kind of mold? Is it the same mold normally known here?
c-3. How do you get supply of Koji?
c-4. What is yeast?
c-5. Is sake yeast different from yeast used for wine and bread?
c-6. What is the difference between Japanese rice and American rice in sake making?
c-7. Is the rice used in sake making the same as the rice used to make sushi?
c-8. Does good quality sake depend on the quality of the rice used in the sake-making process?
c-9. What is rice polishing?
c-10. How is the polishing done?
c-11. Do you polish the rice here at the Takara Sake factory?
c-12. Is the sake using more highly polished rice considered more premium?
c-13. What is Seimaido?
c-14. What happens to the leftover rice protein after the polishing?
c-15. Is the water used in sake-making important in terms of its quality?
c-16. Where does the water used in Takara sake come from?
c-17. Do you process the water before using it?
c-18. Do you use any Sulfites in the production of Takara sake?
D. TASTING SAKE & PAIRING WITH FOODS
d-1. There are many types of sake. Which should be served warm and which should be chilled?
d-2. I have heard that the type of sake that is chilled is superior to the type that is warmed. Is this correct?
d-3. How do you chill sake?
d-4. How do you warm sake?
d-5. Can you microwave sake?
d-6. Can you mix sake with other alcohol drinks to make cocktails?
d-7. What types of sake are recommended for cocktails?
d-8. Red wine is known for its health benefits. Does sake have health benefits?
d-9. How do you pair sake with foods?
E. STORING SAKE
e-1. What is shelf life of sake? How long can sake last after opening?
e-2. Does sake age?
e-3. What is the best way of storing sake?
e-4. Should sake be stored laid down like wine?
e-5. Is there an expiration date for sake products?
f-1. Is Shochu a type of sake?
f-2. Is Soju a type of sake?
g-1. What is the difference between Hon-Mirin, Mirin and Mirin-Fu?
H. INGREDIENTS & HEALTH
h-1. Health Information on Takara USA Products?