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difference between sake and mirin?

post #1 of 6
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I was just tasting some straight mirin and wondered why I buy this instead of using sake with a pinch of sugar. They taste almost the same. Am I the only one who thinks this?
post #2 of 6
Before I read your post I thought the same thing. Mirin is so sweet! Osake, to me, is like mild vodka with a pleasing hint of rice.

I recall from beer making that a sweeter product is one that hasn't fermented as much as it could have. Perhaps Mirin is simply young Osake?
post #3 of 6
According to wikipedia, mirin is a rice wine "similar" to sake that has less alcohol--14% vs. 20%.
post #4 of 6

interesting

Always wondered bout that. - I've a bottle of mirin that's evaporated over 4-5 years cos i've been using sake instead and feeling like a heathen cos i've prefered the taste-now i know why
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post #5 of 6
It evaporated? Had no idea something like that would happen...man, I'd feel silly when I reached for my mirin and opened an empty bottle! :D
post #6 of 6

oh ha ha

Seriously though, when i said evaporated, the volume had definitely reduced and was more viscus than when i bought it.
I've a bottle of pernod i went off after a couple of drinks. At least 6 years later the volume has reduced slightly leaving a dark ring where the level used to be
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