My late mother made very good rice wine to celebrate all past Chinese new year when I was still a teenager,
her simple steps and points of making wine should pass on and share as a good memories of her,
a recall of mother”s taste from my heart….
2 kg glutinous rice 6 pieces sweet wine yeast
2 bottles Saki
1- prepare a very clean dry glass or earthen container ( *sterilized with boiling water, dried before using )
2- wash and soak glutinous rice at least 4-5 hours, or best overnight, then drain before cook.
3- cook the rice in a rice cooker with less water because it has been soaked for hours.
4- cooked glutinous must be cooled before mixing .
5- pound sweet yeast into powder form before mixing .
6- put cool cooked glutinous into the sterilized container layer by layer with sweet yeast powder …
7- cover and wrap with towel or cloth in a dry cool place to start ferment or brew..
8 – after one week , stir with a clean dry wooden spoon to mix well,
then add one bottle of sake ( or any kind of your own choice such as rose wine ….)
and do not mix this time.
9 – add the second sake after a week , then cover and leave to ferment for another three weeks.
* Do not open and stir the rice mixture during fermentation period.
10 – after 40 days, pour brew rice wine mixture onto a very clean pot lined with clean
dry cheese cloth and drill till finish.
11 – boil the wine with medium heat , let completely cool and pour wine into clean dry bottles and refrigerate .
-the rice wine is ready to serve.
– keep the wine resides into glass container for other uses.
(such as .. cooking with veggies or making dessert….fermented glutinous rice ball soup . )
* Traditionally rice wine best cooked with chicken , pork tenderloin and eggs as main
menu for the confinement dish..yum
All utensils used must be sterilized, cleaned and dried before using .
Steamed glutinous rice must be cooled before mixing .
Keep the container in a cool dry place without any sunlight to ferment or brew , and
do not eat sour fruits around the area where you put your container during wine making , ha ha !
* ( mom reminded us all the time when she made her rice wine.)