How to Make Rice Wine

Rice wine is an alcoholic drink that has been consumed in Asia for hundreds of years. It is also a popular choice for cooking in many Asian dishes. Making rice wine at home takes several days but is a very straight forward process. Follow these steps to learn how to make rice wine.
  • - 4 cups (32oz) of glutinous rice
  • - 1 tsp. (5ml) of all purpose flour
  • - 1/4 of a Chinese yeast ball
  • - Hot water
  • Steps

    1. Make Rice Wine Step 1
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      Put 4 cups (32oz) of glutinous rice ( gạo nếp0 into a 3-quart (2.9 liter) saucepan (cái chảo, chái xoong) .
      • Glutinous rice can be found in the Asian aisle of some grocery stores, Asian markets or specialty stores.
    2. Make Rice Wine Step 2
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      Cover the rice with hot water and let it soak( ngâm)  for 1 hour.
    3. Make Rice Wine Step 3
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      Drain (làm ráo ) the rice through a strainer ( nồi lọc) .
    4. Make Rice Wine Step 4
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      Put the drained rice into a double-boiler with a lid ( nắp, vung)  or a steamer pan.
    5. Make Rice Wine Step 5
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      Steam the rice for 25 minutes.
    6. Make Rice Wine Step 6
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      Drain again and rinse ( rửa)  your steamed rice with warm water.
    7. Make Rice Wine Step 7
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      Return the rice to your 3 quart (2.9 liter) saucepan.
    8. Make Rice Wine Step 8
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      Crumble ( dã nát, đập vụn)  1/4 of a Chinese yeast ball ( men)  into a bowl.
      • A Chinese yeast ball can be found in the Asian aisle of some grocery stores, Asian markets or specialty stores.
    9. Make Rice Wine Step 9
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      Mix the crumbled yeast with 1 tsp. (5ml) of all purpose flour.
    10. Make Rice Wine Step 10
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      Add the yeast mixture to the warm rice and stir.
    11. Make Rice Wine Step 11
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      Push the rice evenly against the sides of the pan, leaving a well in the middle.
    12. Make Rice Wine Step 12
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      Cover the pan with plastic wrap.
    13. Make Rice Wine Step 13
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      Place the pan lid over the plastic.
    14. Make Rice Wine Step 14
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      Wrap the pan in a heavy towel and place it in a warm place like a water-heater closet.
    15. Make Rice Wine Step 15
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      Allow to stand for 4 to 5 days.
      • After 4 to 5 days, the well you made should be full of liquid. If it's not, allow it to sit for a few more days or until the well is full.
    16. Make Rice Wine Step 16
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      Spoon ( múc ) the rice into a cheesecloth ( vãi mỏng)  and squeeze (vắt) the liquid into a jar.
    17. Make Rice Wine Step 17
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      Pour (rót, đổ, trút))  the rest of clear liquid to the jar, put the lid on and refrigerate (làm lạnh) . This is your homemade rice wine.
      • The remaining mashed rice is called wine lees and can be used for a condiment.
    18. Make Rice Wine Intro
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      Finished.
    19. source: wikihow.com
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