How To Make Amazake (Sweet Sake)

Amazake (Sweet Sake) is a Japanese energy rice drink made from koji (Aspergillus Oryzae) and rice. It is known for its health benefits since the Japan's Kofun Period.

Amazake contains vitamin B1, B2, B6, folic acid, dietary fiber, oligosaccharide, cysteine, arginine and glutamine. There are several benefits you can get from drinking amazake: promotes beauty and healthy skin, relieve constipation, relieve fatigue, relieving depressive symptoms and PMS.

Not only delicious to drink it as it is, but you can also enjoy Amazake in several ways. Amazake can be used for sweetener's substitute in making sweets and snacks. But my favorite way is to mix amazake in smoothies! That way, you can enjoy the brand-new style of nutritious, delicious smoothies.

We will learn how to make homemade Amazake in two recipes. Let's try it at home and sip your own Amazake!


How to Make Amazake from Rice and Koji

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Materials Necessary for Making Amazake

Materials


Koji : 100g

Rice:about 150g Water:300ml

  • Koji (can be raw koji or dried koji):100g
  • Rice (can be ordinary rice or glutinous rice):about 150g
  • Water:300ml


More Convenient if you Have


Yogurtia Maker Rice Cooker Thermometer

Important point!

It's best to wash appliances and hands
in order to prevent the growth of bacteria.
It is safe to boil and
disinfect all the tools before using it.
Bowl Dishtowels or cloth

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There are 3 steps in making a amazake

Step 1, add hot water to the cooked rice, mix it well
Step 2, add koji (Aspergillus Oryzae) and mix well
Step 3, warm it at 55 to 60 °C for about 6 hours.


With this 3 steps, we can make a fine quality of amazake.

How to Make Amazake



1. Add hot water to the cooked rice, mix it well

Add 300ml of water to 150g of cooked rice.
Mix well so that the mass of rice will dissapear.
Leave it until the temperature reaches 60℃.

The koji mold will perish at a temperature higher than 60 degrees. So let's wait until the rice becomes less than 60 degrees by paying attention to the thermometer.

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2. Add koji and mix well

When the temperature reaches around 60℃, add 100g of koji and mix it well.

If there is a mass of koji or rice left there, then it would not be finished as a good amazake.
Let's mix rice and koji as evenly as possible.

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3. Warm it at 55-60℃ for about 6 hours.

Please warm the rice,koji, and water mixture at the temperature of 55-60℃. The time for heating is about 6 hours.
If you have a heat incubator such as Yogurtia and rice cooker, you can easily manage the temperature.

step_3

If you are using a rice cooker,

If you are using a rice cooker, put the rice cooker in warm keeping mode, and leave the lid a little open.
You will need a dishtowel or a cloth to cover the pot so you can keep around at 60℃.

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The Completion of Amazake


After warming it for 5-6 hours, the sweet smell of koji drifts at the air.
Stir the container well, and the brown rice amazake is finished.

It is a delicious brown sugar amazake made only from brown rice and koji, without sugar, and contains 0% of alcohol.

completion_of_Amazake

The sweetness of the koji is strong, so you will the feel the sweetness if you drink the amazake directly. We recommend you to drink the amazake with adding 2-3 times of hot water/water into it, so it won't taste too sweet.
Please adjust the sweetness at your own liking.

The amazake contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, the essential amino acids, and glucose that is said to has an effect on recovery from fatigue.

How to Make Amazake Made Only with Koji

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Materials Necessary for Making Amazake Made Only with Koji

Materials


Koji : 300g Water:300ml

  • Koji (can be raw koji or dried koji):300g
  • Water:300ml


More Convenient if you Have


Yogurtia Maker Rice Cooker Thermometer

Important point!

It's best to wash appliances and hands
in order to prevent the growth of bacteria.
It is safe to boil and
disinfect all the tools before using it.
Bowl Dishtowels or cloth

Click here to see our Recommended Products for Sweet Sake

There are 2 steps in total to make a amazake

Step 1, add 300ml of 55-60℃ hot water to the koji (Aspergillus Oryzae), mix it well.
Step 2, warm at 55-60℃ for about 6 hours
Just with the 2 steps above, we can make a fine quality of amazake.

How to Make Amazake only with Koji



1. Add 300ml of 55-60℃ hot water to the koji, mix it well.

If the temperature of the hot water is higher than 60 degress, the koji mold will be destroyed.
Please mix while using the thermometer and make sure that the temperature is not higher than 60 degrees.

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2. Warm it at 55-60 for about 6 hours.

Please warm the mixture of koji and water at 55-60 for about 6 hours.
If you have a heat incubator such as Yogurtia and rice cooker, you can easily manage the temperature.

If you are using a rice cooker, put the rice cooker in warm keeping mode, and leave the lid a little open.
You will need a dishtowel or a cloth to cover the pot so you can keep around at 60℃.

step_2

The Completion of Amazake


After warming it for 5-6 hours, the sweet smell of koji drifts at the air.
Stir the container well, and the brown rice amazake is finished.

It is a delicious brown sugar amazake made only from brown rice and koji, without sugar, and contains 0% of alcohol.

completion_of_Amazake

The sweetness of the koji is strong, so you will the feel the sweetness if you drink the amazake directly. We recommend you to drink the amazake with adding 2-3 times of hot water/water into it, so it won't taste too sweet.
Please adjust the sweetness at your own liking.

The amazake contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B6, pantothenic acid, the essential amino acids, and glucose that is said to has an effect on recovery from fatigue.

The Method of Preserving Amazake

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Because of the yeast, homemade amazake has a storage period of about 5-7 days when it is stored in the refrigerator.
When stored in the freezer it can be stored for about 3 months.

For long-term preservation, please store it in the freezer.

Please try and enjoy to make amazake at home by all means.

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