Rice Malt

Sake production using mold to saccharify starch spread through Laurel forest, East Asia to northeast China, Japan, and Indonesia.
Food ingredients consist of Japanese millet, proso millet, millet, rice, etc. From North China to Korea, wheat malt is used. Rice malt (loose koji grains) is not used.

Although some rice malt is used in Southern China and Taiwan, molds rhizopus and mucor generate some alcohol fermentation, while in Japan, alcohol cannot be produced without yeast. Aspergillus is used in Japan as loose koji.
An ancient term for rice malt is ‘kamu-tachi,’ ‘kamu’ meaning “mold” and ‘kabi-tachi’ refers to grown mold.
*Laurel Forest
A type of forest classification, referring to a type of evergreen broad-leaved forest that grows in temperate climate.
The name is derived from many of the tree compositions with a strong shine on the leaves’ surface.