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Sake World Newsletter Archives

Note to all newsletter readers:

From #112 (June 2009) onward, the newsletter archives can be read in all their html glory – as they appeared originally – here:



2009 Sake World Newsletter Archives by John Gauntner

2008 Sake World Newsletter Archives by John Gauntner

#98 Jan. 2008

The Sake of Nara Prefecture

#99 Feb. 2008

Technical Differences in Toji Guilds

#100 April 2008

Shikomi Philosophies

#101 May 2008

Sake Regionality and Climate

#103 July 2008

Naturally Occuring Yeast – or the lack thereof

#104 Sept. 2008

Panel Discussion Amongst Toji

#105 Oct. 2008

Kame no O Rice

#102 June 2008

National Tasting Contest

#106 Nov. 2008

Rice Growing Part I

#107 Dec. 2008

Rice Growing Part II

** NOTE: Except for the June 2008 edition, all newsletters appear chronologically. The June issue, alas, was mistakenly programmed and thus appears out of sequence.

2007 Sake World Newsletter Archives by John Gauntner

#86 Jan. 2008

Throwing a Sake Tasting

#87 Feb. 2007

Will the Real Miyamizu Please Stand Up

#88 Mar. 2007

Dancyu: All Things Sake, Hakarime in Ginza

#89 April 2007

Color of Koji, Significance of Shinpaku

#90 May 2007

Awamori, Shopping at Narita

#91 June 2007

The Thing That Wouldn’t Die

#92 July 2007

Yeast, Yamahai and Rafters

#93 August 2007

Int’l Sake Challenge, Junmai-only Kura

#94 Sept. 2007

Koji Growth and Dates on Bottles

#95 Oct. 2007

The “Tail” of the Toji

#96 Nov. 2007

Leveraging the Post-Brewing Process

#97 Dec. 2007

Now Ya’s Can’t Leave

2006 Sake World Newsletter Archives by John Gauntner

# 75 Feb. 2006

Sake Brewing in Shrines & Temples
Genshu; + Good Sake to Look For

# 76 Mar. 2006

Sake of Fukushima Prefecture;
Glassware for Enjoying Sake (Part I)

# 77 Apr. 2006

Glassware for Enjoying Sake (Part II)
Sake Museums in Nada and Fushimi

# 78 May 2006

Toji Trials and Tribulations;
Glassware for Enjoying Sake (Part III)

# 79 June 2006

Nat’l New Sake Contest: “Last Waltz”
Three Stages of Sake Pressing

# 80 July 2006

Warm Sake in the Days of Old
+ O-kan-ban; The Sake Index

# 81 Aug. 2006

Foamless Yeasts; +
Creative Uses for Sake; Plum Wine

# 82 Sept. 2006

Cosmic Sake, Osaka Sake
New Books

# 83 ‘Oct. 2006

Perceived Stigma of Non-Junmai
Sake and Why It is Bunk

# 84 Nov. 2006

Sake Regionality Part 1:
Vague, Evasive, Yet Real

# 85 Dec. 2006

Sake Regionality Part 2:
Vague, Evasive, Yet Real

2005 Sake World Newsletter Archives by John Gauntner

# 63 Jan. 2005

2005: “The Year of Sake”
How much rice in one bottle of sake.

# 64 Feb. 2005

Inside the “Koji Muro”
Several sake from a single tank.

# 65 March 2005

New Labeling Rules
Sake of Ishikawa Prefecture

# 66 April 2005

What is Shochu?
& Nihonshu-do Science

#67 May 2005

End of the Season Festivities

#68 June 2005

Milling Madness and Going Against the Grain

#69 August 2005

All About Toji

#69 July 2005

Sake Outsourcing

#70 September 2005

Special Junmai, Charcoal Filtration

#71 October 2005

Kijoushu, Brewery Highlight: Dassai (I)

#72 November 2005

Give Ground Grudgingly, Dassai (II)

2004 Sake World Newsletter Archives by John Gauntner

# 51 January 2004

Sake Index; Junmai Rule Changes

# 52 February 2004

Meigara & Arabashiri

# 53 March 2004

Yamahai Sake; Glass Bottles

# 54 April 2004

Amazake; Sweetness & Dryness

#55 May 2004

Quantum Physics and Regionality, Ajisen

#56 June 2004

National Tasting Contest, Niigata Revisited

#57 July 2004

Multiple Parallel Fermentation, Umami

#58 August 2004

Sake Brewing Dynamics, San-san-ku-do

#59 September 2004

Traditional Measurements, Hyogo Sake

#60 October 2004

Sake Day, Fukui Prefecture, Sake Stats

#61 November 2004

Niigata Earthquake, Rice Milling

#62 December 2004

Kimoto Sake, Nama-zake

#63 January 2005

The Year of Sake, Official Tasting Glasses

2003 Sake World Newsletter Archives by John Gauntner

# 39 January 2003

Niigata Sake; Kitsune-bi

# 40 February 2003

Storage in Wood or Glass; Sugidama

# 41 March 2003

Pros-Cons Wood Tanks; Sake Rice

# 42 April 2003

Shimane Sake, Ginjo Buzzword

# 43 May 2003

Sake Vocabulary, Sake Judging

# 44 June 2003

Hiroshima Contest, Water Revisited

# 45 July 2003

Koji-making machines, Pasteurization

# 46 August 2003

Koshu (Aged Sake), BY Explained

# 47 September 2003

Bad Rice Year, All Things Yeast #9

# 48 October 2003

Nigori, History of Warmed Sake

# 49 November 2003

Filtering and Steaming

# 50 December 2003

Better Rice Milling

2002 Sake World Newsletter Archives by John Gauntner

# 27 January 2002

Masu, Salt and Taru-zake

# 28 February 2002

Koji in sake vs. Koji in other beverages

# 29 March 2002

The Nihonshu-do; Acidity in Sake

# 30 April 2002

Nihonshu-do and Acidity

# 31 May 2002

Bubbles, Foam and Froth; Nara Sake

# 32 June 2002

New Nat’l Tasting Competition

# 33 July 2002

Some Sake History; Etymology

# 34 Aug. 2002

Omachi Rice; Yamagata Sake

# 35 Sept. 2002

Sparkling Sake; Organic Sake

# 36 Oct. 2002

Lowdown on Koji; Sake of Fukuoka

# 37 Nov. 2002

Sake Rice Grades

# 38 Dec. 2002

New Year Sake & Yeast Madness

2001 Sake World Newsletter Archives by John Gauntner

# 16 January 2001

Brewing Season’s Hatsu Shibori

# 17 February 2001

Water and Sake Brewing

# 18 March 2001

Interview with a Brewer; Sake Kasu

# 19 April 2001

Interview (continued); Pressing Sake

# 20 May 2001

Interview (continued); Sake and Golf

# 21 June 2001

Tasting Competition; Sake to Rice

# 22 July 2001

Hatsunomikiri; Women Who Brew

# 23 August 2001

Sake High School; Left-Over Sake

# 24 September 2001

The Riedel Daiginjo Glass

# 25 October 2001

Houraitsuru: Japan’s Smallest Brewery

# 26 November 2001

Aki-agari and Hiya-oroshi

2000 Sake World Newsletter Archives by John Gauntner

# 05 January 2000

Silly Regulations (Part 1)

# 06 February 2000

Nigori – That Cloudy White Sake

# 07 March 2000

Silly Regulations (Part 2)

# 08 April 2000

The Brewing Process – A Closer Look

# 09 May 2000

Namazake – What is it all about?

# 10 June 2000

Koji – All You Wanted to Know (Part 1)

# 11 July 2000

Koji – All You Wanted to Know (Part 2)

# 12 August 2000

Moto – The Yeast Starter (Part 1)

# 13 September 2000

Moto – The Yeast Starter (Part 2)

# 14 October 2000

Brewing Season Begins; Moto (Part 3)

# 15 November 2000

Great Moments in Sake Brewing History

1999 Sake World Newsletter Archives by John Gauntner

# 01 August 1999

What is Sake, Actually?

# 02 September 1999

The Brewing Process, Step by Step

# 03 October 1999

Sake Yeast

# 04 November 1999

Hot versus Cold