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Makgeolli Iyangju Base Recipe


Stage 1

Stage 2



Stage 1 — Juk

In a pot on the stove—medium heat—combine 200g sweet rice flour and 1L water.

Stir to combine.

Continue stirring while cooking until mixture becomes thick like a paste. Approximately 5 - 10 minutes.

When paste-like consistency is reached, remove from heat and cool to room temperature. An ice bath speeds up the process.

Stage 1 — Nuruk / Yeast Preparation

While juk is cooling, combine 100g nuruk, 2.5g yeast, and 100ml water.

Let sit for 1 hour—while Juk is cooling. Break up any nuruk chunks throughout the soak time. Alternatively, place nuruk into blender or spice grinder, then combine with yeast and water.

Stage 1 — Final Step

Add juk to jar.

Add nuruk / yeast mixture to jar.

Stir with sterilized hand or spoon until combined. Cover jar with cloth or paper towel, secure with rubber band.

Stage 1 — Care

Stir twice daily for 2 - 3 days.

Stage 2 — Godubap

Steam 800g sweet rice for ~40 minutes.

Cool rice to room temperature.

Stir Stage 1, then add godubap.

Give a final stir to combine, replace towel and band.

Store in warm, temperature-stable, and light-free location. i.e. cupboard or closet.

Once—most of—the rice has sunken to the bottom of the jar AND there is a clear liquid on top of everything, brew should be done.

Stage 2 — Finishing

Strain contents of jar through nylon mesh bag—or any available straining cloth—fine mesh reduces sediment.

Once strained, bottle beverage.



Recipe Notes

The final taste will change over time—makgeolli is a living drink! So if you think something is off at bottling, or even if it’s perfect at bottling, it will not be the same a day or two or three later. Try experimenting with more or less water and see what happens, I found that it effects the sweet/sourness!

There’s a lot of options for modifying this recipe. The flour, yeast, water, and rice are all variables that can be experimented with. Try different quantities of each, or even different kinds. The first recipe I made off of this base was a ginger makgeolli. It was sharp and clean. Now I’m trying a black tea with brown sweet rice. As mentioned, the base can stand well on it’s own. If that’s good enough for your makgeolli fix, go for it! If you are feeling adventurous or just want some additional flavors, there’s so many possibilities! One important note is water content. If any additional ingredient will change the ratio of liquid in your brew, you may want to reduce an equal amount of water from the juk. i.e. adding cranberries—I made a sauce with 200ml water—I should have reduced the water from the juk in stage 1 by 200ml.