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I finally got the last koji done for this season, maybe for the year.

It’s a rye koji made with barley starter bought from Japan (Higuchi).

In the last 4 months I’ve made about 30 kilos of rice, barley and rye koji. I’ve used a lot already, but there is plenty left for sales and for miso making in the fall. If I need more I can always get the process going again.

Now I can concentrate more on the garden.

Another batch of rye miso.

The 2 on the left are from today made with dark rye koji. The ones on the right I made a few days ago with light rye koji.

The light koji is made with starter from Higuchi Shoten Japan, and the darker with starter from Gem Cultures USA. It will be interesting to see how they progress and taste 2 years from now and to compare this with a similar test I set up earlier last spring with 2 batches of barley miso.

While recuperating I can continue making miso. Today it’s a rye miso made with light rye koji.

There is still some koji from last spring, but soon I’ll get into making this years koji.

This week – a bunch of rye miso.

Standard recipe, 2 year fermentaion.

The last batch of koji for this year is put out to dry.

I’ve gone through about 15 kilos barley, 10 kilos rye, and 16 kilos of rice turning it into koji. Some has already been made into miso, some has been sold, a little more will be made into miso and the rest will be saved to sell or make into miso in the fall.

The koji making season is over for this year. Now it is time to start planting seeds.

My first batch of light rye koji was dried and ready to use, so I boiled a kilo of french eco soybeans.

This time I’m using the rye koji made with Higuchi yellow barley tane koji. The next batch will be with the one from Gem Cultures.

I’m using the standard 2 year miso recipe.

At about this time last year I got the idea of trying rye for koji making. I had my grain farmer run the rye grains through the husking machine he uses for barley. It worked fine, so I made 3 batches of rye miso. The first one, a 6 month miso, was good and now long eaten up. The second, a 1 year miso is now open and it is great. It has a flavor of it’s own.

There is a 2 year miso too, to open next year.

In the mean time I must get busy and make more rye koji and rye miso.

It grew very well

I’ll make some with the other barley tane koji too – and a couple batches of 2 year rye miso.

Yesterday I was out at Stora Hällsta, the organic farm where I buy my barley and rye for koji making, as well as other farm products.

They have a full battery of milling machines, including a huller for hulling barley. When I order whole grains for koji making, I have them run through the huller i little extra, so that the koji mold grows better. That goes for the rye too, even tho it does’t need hulling.

It’s gone about 6 months since I made my first ever rye miso. One batch was a sweet miso – more rye koji, less salt and less time. I have opened it and  tasted it. 

And made a vegetable soup with it. 


Nice color and smell. It was, of course, a bit weak because of the short fermentaion time, but very tasty. It had the sweet-sour flavor of a good sweet miso, and the umame effect was great. Ot will be interesting to see and taste the development of the 1 year and 2 year miso versions. When the time comes. 

This time the beans got cooked right. And the result was perfect – so far. One jar of 6 month rye miso and the other jar of 1 year rye miso. 


I had 600 grams of rye koji which I divided into 3 parcels of 200 grams each, 1 for later use to test rye amazake and 2 for quick miso. 

I had to recalculate my standard recepes for 6 month miso and 1 year miso with 200 grams koji as the fix figure. 

6 month miso:

  • 167 gr soybeans
  • 200 gr rye koji
  • 33 gr salt

1 year miso

  • 188 soybeans
  • 200 gr rye koji
  • 45 gr salt

Both fit nicely into 1 liter jars for fermentation. Now for the final ingredient – wait.