I received this as a gift as result of mentioning an interest in expanding beyond brewing mead, wine, and beer, and trying sake. However, after opening the kit and reviewing, I knew immediately that this does not make sake or rice wine. The fact that its called a sake kit is the only reason I am giving it 1 star. Explanation below. For those with only a passing curiosity about fermentation, this kit is likely still a lot of fun. I can't vouch for the end product yet as mine is still going. Taste test is pretty bad but without some aging, a lot of good brews taste acrid and yeasty. Its too early to judge. Now for those serious about brewing sake for the first time, look for kits that contain Koji spores. It is integral to converting the starch in steamed rice into sugars the yeast can use. This kit has no Koji and does does not even ask for the rice to be cooked. Because of this, the rice is pretty much only for show. The real players in this are soaked raisins and several pounds of table sugar. Bottom line, while I don't want crush this product, I do want budding home brewers to know what they are really getting with their purchase.
The idea itself was cool, but the packaging was also well done. He loves it.
My boyfriend loves sake and has mentioned brewing it himself a few times. I came across this kit later and put it on my wishlist for an anniversary gift. He hasn't started it yet, but is still doing a little research for the brewing process (raisins are not part of sake brewing). We love how the kit comes with everything you need and are excited for the final results!
Fort Worth, Tx
We're 2 weeks into making it. Have 2 mo. before it's done.
Great gift for one who brews beer!
Sake isn't made with Raisins. And the instructions for this are ridiculous make no sense. Do not buy if you are buying for someone who loves and wants to make sake.
Fort Worth, Texas
My husband has not used the kit yet but is eager to. I made the purchase because it came with all materials with the exception of the perishable items.
This product is great for people that want to get into brewing. However, this kit is for making rice wine not sake (which are two different things. The kit has you ferment with golden raisins and this is not how sake is made, but making sake is a bit more intimidating for beginners). Despite that, it turns out really well and tastes pretty close to sake. Not all of the equipment in the kit is labeled or has directions on how to use it, so research the equipment before use to prevent confusion. Great learning experience overall!
This sake kit is awesome! It was delivered on time and comes with everything you need. I bought this as birthday gift for my boyfriend and he loves it! He's looking foward to using it. :)