An original symphony for sake to be heard has been created. It is said that if you listen to Mozart’s songs and make it, you can make delicious sake, but as part of the project of Asahi Shuzo (Yamaguchi Prefecture) of the popular brand “Dasai”, musicians are seriously making sake “dedicated”. I made it. It is said that the new sake, which “appreciated” the song carefully during the fermentation and aging process, was a good result. (Shinobu Fujinami)
“Symphony 獺 Festival ~ Ma migaki ~” was produced by Kaoru Wada, who is widely active in movies, theatrical performances, and contemporary music, and was performed by the Japan Century Symphony Orchestra (directed by Norichika Iimori). Of the songs up to the 5th movement, the 2nd movement “fermentation” and the 4th movement “aging” played an important role in sake brewing last year.
◆ Second movement “Fermentation” ♪ Gentle and comfortable
In the process of fermenting steamed rice with sake mother, rice koji, brewed water, etc. to make a muddy liquid “moromi”, the second movement of the slow and comfortable progress was heard. During the aging period, when the taste of sake is affected, the fourth movement is full of dynamism. Rather than playing the music throughout the brewery, high-performance equipment developed by an audio equipment manufacturer was attached to the barrel to make it easier to transmit the vibration of the sound.
◆ Fourth movement “Maturation” ♪ Full of dynamism
“‘Fermentation’ made the mash grow quietly, and’aging’ made it a movement to encourage the activation of sake,” Wada said. It seems that the new sake has a finish full of power and richness, and he recalls, “I realized that the moromi itself is a living thing and is constantly changing. I think the song was useful in that.”
The symphony was made into a CD and completely recorded up to the 5th movement. The equipment is put in the barrel, and the versions of the 2nd and 4th movements that convey the “pocopoco” and “growing” are also included.
A spokeswoman for Asahi Shuzo said, “Although the effects of music are unknown, sake brewing requires playfulness.”
It is said that the limited sale of this music-brewed sake was very popular at the concert venues held in Osaka and Yamaguchi prefectures in February this year. It is undecided whether to commercialize it. It has also been decided that the concert will be held on August 18th at Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa Hiten (Minato-ku, Tokyo).
◆ Scientific basis is unknown … Expert “Potential of sound waves”
In addition to sake, brewed products such as shochu and miso, which are said to have a positive effect on aging and fermentation due to vibration caused by music, have existed for some time. The scientific basis is unknown, but experts say “sound waves can have some effect.”
◆ Mozart’s song Sake
Kanai Sake Brewery in Hadano City, Kanagawa Prefecture, has been selling a series of sake that lets you hear Mozart in processes such as fermentation for more than 30 years. Hiroyuki Sano explains, “Mozart’s songs are said to be good for prenatal care. I thought they would be good for sake as the same creature.” The series includes ginjo, undiluted sake, and special pure rice sake, and it is said that there are many fixed fans with a “mellow taste”.
Assistant Professor Masahiro Kumeda of the Graduate School of Life Sciences, Kyoto University, who is studying the relationship between sound waves and cells for music-prepared products, said, “There are reports that the action of sound promoted fermentation and changed the flavor, but science. It has not been confirmed. “
On the other hand, if the timbre is different, the vibration pattern is also different, and it is possible that yeast and mash may have different cellular responses in the sound and range. Hopefully, “sound waves may have some effect on fermenting microorganisms.”
In medicine and anatomy, “sound has no meaning for life without an organ like the ear.” In that sense, there is a question mark about the influence on the brewing of music, but Assistant Professor Kumeda has expressed his willingness to “overturn common sense and clarify the fundamental relationship between life and sound.”