Where can I get a small industrial rice polisher for sake rice?
March 3, 2014 1:23 PM Subscribe
I am starting a craft sake brewery and I wish to make ginjo and daiginjo sakes. I need very polished rice!
posted by Captain Shenanigan to Technology (5 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I do have a source of polished rice (Calrose, 40%, milled at a huge farmers cooperative where I am but a pip-squeak customer and grateful to be one) but I wish to be able to produce sake from other kinds of rice and other levels of polish and on my own schedule.
So I would like to get my own rice polisher (or rice mill, I think they are the same thing.) I think I need something that a rice-growing village would have, not a monster that a major brewery would use nor a table-top unit that turns brown rice white for dinner. Where can I find such a thing for my little brewery?
Can I buy one from somewhere in the U.S? Should I try to import one from Japan, China, or India? Can I get one used to save a few bucks?
I am on a shoe-string budget of course. If it costs as much as a forklift, that's one thing... if it costs as much as a house, that's another. Also, extra thanks If I can be pointed to one that is UL listed so the inspectors here in California don't throw it out of my brewery for not being properly certified.