Rice wine as been part of Asian culture since around 1000 BC and is here to stay. That is because it is simple to make and requires very little ingredients.
What you are going to need is four cups of raw gelatinous rice, a quarter of a Chinese yeast ball and one teaspoon of flour. Normal all purpose flour will work fine.
First thing that you need to do is soak the raw rice in hot water for about an hour. Then you want to drain the rice and steam it for about half an hour. You can use a food steamer or put in a colander over boiling water to do this.
Once that is done, you can spread the rice on a tray and let it cool for approximately two hours. During this cooling process, you are going to want to grind the yeast into a powder and mix it with your flour.
Then, what you need to do is mix the yeast and flower with the cooled rice. Mix this solution by hand until it is consistently mixed throughout.
You are then going to want to transfer the mixture to a suitable container and seal it with a lid. Let this mixture ferment in a warm dry place of about a month.
After a month has passed you will have rice wine. You can’t drink it yet though. Now you need to separate the wine from the residual yeast and rice. You can do this by using a cheesecloth or something like that to filter the remaining liquid out of the rice.
Now the last step in the process is to put the rice wine into a sealed container and put it in the fridge to stop the process of fermentation. You want to stop the fermentation because if it goes on for too long your rice wine is going to end up tasting like vinegar.
The wine is going to age in the container that you put it in and will become darker in color. After the aging period is over you can then drink and enjoy your hand crafted beverage.
Now that you know exactly how to make your own rice wine at home, why don’t you go out and give it a try for your self. Happy Brewing!