Brewing gluten Free

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Brewing gluten Free

Post by edonald774 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 12:22 pm

I think I'm gonna need some expert help for my next batch.

The girls at work have just asked me to brew a gluten free beer for one of our colleagues who is celiac.

I've seen some kits available but wondering if anyone has any experience of actually brewing gluten free and is it possible to get a good beer?

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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by killer » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:07 pm

I've brewed a few gluten free beers - also for a work colleague. The first was made using a sorghum extract from Brew UK and some gluten free oats. I brewed Seymours Citra Gold. It was drinkable - but there was something lacking... I would also advise leaving it at least 4 months to condition because after 1 month it was crap but it did get better and better over time. I put this down to the sorghum extract because normal citra gold is a great beer.

I also brewed a normal AIPA and then added some clarityferm enzyme (check out whitelabs or the malt miller). This is a PEP enzyme (prolyl endopeptidase) that was originally used as a clarifying agent (it cuts up proteins that cause haze) and that you add at the same time as the yeast. It supposedly breaks down almost all the gluten containing proteins. The beer was fantastic and you could do this with any normal beer that you brew.... My coeliac friend drank several bottles and had no issues and she loved the beer. I'll be using it again.

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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by edonald774 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:26 pm

Thanks Killer,
that's a really great bit of inside knowledge

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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by Jim » Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:47 pm

My wife is coeliac and we pay a fortune for tiny bottles of gf beer. The kits are very expensive and she doesn't drink that much but I'll definitely be looking into that enzyme thing.
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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by Aleman » Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:48 pm

I looked at ClarityFerm a couple of years ago, and there was a problem getting it into the country . . .Rob did sell it, then couldn't get it . . .it looks as though its available again . . .

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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by oldbloke » Mon Mar 03, 2014 3:53 pm

Aleman wrote:I looked at ClarityFerm a couple of years ago, and there was a problem getting it into the country . . .Rob did sell it, then couldn't get it . . .it looks as though its available again . . .
The Malt Miller lists it but was out of stock when I wanted some a month or so back, but BrewUK had some. Dunno who else carries it.

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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by edonald774 » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:44 pm

got some from Brewuk

I can't believe it's this simple.

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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by Dave S » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:50 pm

edonald774 wrote:got some from Brewuk

I can't believe it's this simple.
Be nice if it is, it will open doors for a lot of people.
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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by Aleman » Mon Mar 03, 2014 4:54 pm

I've got plans for a Faux Belgian Kriek . . . that I might very well bung some ClarityFerm in. With any luck it should turn out like Kasteel Rouge and my Coeliac OH loves Kasteel Rouge . . . . So do I for that Matter :D

Edit: ClarityFerm is back in stock at the malt miller

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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by legion » Mon Mar 03, 2014 8:09 pm

Have just bottled a clarity from brew. Though may be a while until my friend comes over to test it out.

Homebrewtalk forum has a section dedicated to gluten free brewing.
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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by oldbloke » Mon Mar 03, 2014 9:41 pm

For anybody into tinkering, I can recommend malting millet and all-graining with it. Get the roast right and the colour and flavour are spot on. Bit low in sugars but you can't have everything!

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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by 6470zzy » Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:08 am

Colorado Malting Co. makes a Millet malt, I think that I shall have to try and get ahold of some now myself :-k
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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by oldbloke » Tue Mar 04, 2014 12:39 am

6470zzy wrote:Colorado Malting Co. makes a Millet malt, I think that I shall have to try and get ahold of some now myself :-k
Shipping might be a bit expensive....

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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by Jim » Tue Mar 04, 2014 8:55 am

legion wrote:Homebrewtalk forum has a section dedicated to gluten free brewing.
Maybe that would be useful on here.
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Re: Brewing gluten Free

Post by 6470zzy » Tue Mar 04, 2014 9:30 am

oldbloke wrote:
6470zzy wrote:Colorado Malting Co. makes a Millet malt, I think that I shall have to try and get ahold of some now myself :-k
Shipping might be a bit expensive....
Indeed........the cost would be quite dear, but then again so is the cost of a 500ml bottle of Timothy Taylor Landlord,and I buy those :shock:

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