Ask Beau - "Do you have any sake party factoids?"
Too weird? Okay how about some numbers? The sake brewing world uses 30 kilo (66lbs) bags of rice as their basis for purchasing and calculations. Two 30 kilo bags of rice will produce 40 isho-bin (1.8L) bottles of sake. (132lbs of rice makes roughly 19 gallons of sake). Another brewer told me that he uses 1.5Kilos of rice to make one "ishobin" 1.8L bottle of sake. Yikes! That's almost 4lbs of rice per 60oz bottle. Or in other words for every 720ml bottle - the typical wine-sized bottle - it takes roughly 1 ¾ lbs of rice.
Please send your sake specific questions to askbeau2 @ truesake.com. (This address is not for general questions and I only review the questions once per month. All other correspondence should use info @ truesake.com.)