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Brewing Gluten Free Beer

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Created June 28, 2011 at 12:21 AM

Ok, I know gluten free beer isn't strictly paleo or even loosely paleo, but there are days when I crave a nice dark beer. First off, I haven't able to find a dark gluten free beer in any store. Secondly, if I did, I'm sure it would be prohibitively expensive. Has anyone brewed their owned gluten free beer (specifically dark)? Was it actually good? Anyone know where I could buy a good kit? Or anyone with specific instructions?

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on February 21, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Monster....can you send me the recipe for the dark gf beer?

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on October 24, 2012
at 05:19 PM

A mystery enzyme that eats up gluten? A cool idea (and helpful post), but I'd consider a beer made with that to be less Paleo than a bona fide Reinheitsgebot-compliant brew.

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on January 28, 2012
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I mean after the first go around I felt good enough to go purchase two more kits and going to get some more carboys tomorrow. Best of luck and let me know how it works for you.

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on January 28, 2012
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Not as bad as my daughter which is how I actually found out. Though I am susceptible to cross contamination so I am pretty sensitive. I have seen some posts on another site that people brewed a 10 gallon batch then split it into two 5 gallon batches and added the yeast and added clarity ferm to one of them. They then tested both and the one without of course had tons, but the one with clarity ferm tested around 5ppm which is a lot less then the 20ppm required. I did not test mine b/c I didnt want to spend the money and instead just tried one.

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:48 AM

wow! good to know. i'm actually brewing a brown ale with clarity ferm right now. it should be ready in 2 weeks, so i'm interested to see how i react. personally, i can't stand new planet or estrella. how gluten intolerant would you say you are?

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on January 13, 2012
at 07:53 PM

I just emailed you so check your inbox.

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mloster, I'd love the instructions. One of my gluten-eating, beer brewing buddies wants to throw me a bone and make a gluten free beer with me. Even though I'm pretty much grain free at this point, I can't turn that down! And I love the sound of this - chestnuts, wow! Can you email me? syrahna at g mail dot com.

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on September 19, 2011
at 06:50 PM

IMO daura isn't anything special. The taste is somewhat muddy to me. I tend to like my beers with a 'bite' to it...or a "definitiveness" to it? Greens makes yummy beer . WANT.

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on September 19, 2011
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@grenadine - IMO daura isn't anything special. The taste is somewhat muddy to me. I tend to like my beers with a 'bite' to it...or a "definitiveness" to it? Greens makes yummy beer - I hope you get to try it if you haven't.

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on August 13, 2011
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look forward to hearing about this and seeing the recipe! I am moving to a new house with a basement! So i get to start home-brewing and would love to start with GF beer!

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on July 05, 2011
at 01:26 PM

awesome! not sure where you live, but definitely see if there are any homebrew meetings in your area. it's amazing when you can ask questions of people who are solid homebrewers, as well as new, actually face to face rather than scouring the web. you might find others who have or are currently brewing gluten-free. good luck and happy brewing!

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on June 28, 2011
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f164/

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on June 28, 2011
at 08:35 PM

Good for you. That's a heck of a showing of determination. Changing just one of those multiple things you've managed to change is hard enough.

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on June 28, 2011
at 04:48 PM

Never heard of Estrella, wow there's more gluten free beers than I thought! There's at least 2 more we haven't mentioned as well.

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on June 28, 2011
at 04:00 PM

Good question, Pete. The two cretainly went hand in hand, but was more of an over all "I gotta change my life" thing. When you are stuck in an office all day, drinking beer and getting paid for it sounds pretty awesome. When you have to wake up every day and go to a bar and start drinking with clients at 10am every day, it gets pretty damn depressing. Couple that with the diet ramifications of eating bar food 90% of the time and I was in a spiral of bad health and depression. So I changed my diet, exercise, and professional life ann in one fell swoop as a need for a better life.

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Did you get out of the brewing business b/c you became Paleo? The owner of a very successful local brewery in my area recently found out she was a celiac. What a nightmare.

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:57 AM

I like Green's Amber Ale (Discovery), then Green's (Quest). redbridge and bard's suck. Estrella Daura is pretty damn good.

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:22 AM

Their Tripel is pretty awful IMO. It's like... syrup, and just as sweet although the label says it doesn't have a crazy amount of sugar. Their other brews are somewhat better.

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:19 AM

I've tried the Estrella as well as Green's, St. Peter's, Bard's and New Grist, and I'd say the Estrella is the best along with maybe one of the St. Peter's kinds (I forget which...)

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:15 AM

I've heard good things about this: http://www.estrelladamm.com/en/daura_gluten_free_beer/ -- It's a lager. I haven't tried it b/c i can't do yeast now. O! how i miss the beer.

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on June 28, 2011
at 01:59 AM

yeah, Bard's is pretty crummy, but works in a pinch. So watery.

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on June 28, 2011
at 01:58 AM

Asahi Super Dry is brewed from rice and sorghum, therefore is supposedly gluten free. It comes in nice 22oz bottles too.

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on June 28, 2011
at 01:06 AM

I feel your pain... I have heard, and I choose to believe, that Heineken is "gluten free". I have also heard that beers like Bud, and Asian beer like Sapporo, are brewed primarily with rice and therefore are very low in gluten. My go to is Heineken, I feel fine after drinking it, and it keeps me sane. You might be out of luck with dark beer. Darker ales generally contain more gluten than lighter lagers.

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on June 28, 2011
at 12:29 AM

Here you go, Eric: http://www.mrgoodbeer.com/gf/ No man OR woman should be denied a frothy adult beverage on a summer afternoon.

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on June 28, 2011
at 12:23 AM

Oh please someone have a good answer for this, or even point me in the direction of the "best" beer for a paleo lifestlye. I envy you people who just enjoy red wine instead, but I don't understand you. I've just pretty well given up drinking and no man should be forced to live without alcohol.

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on June 28, 2011
at 11:54 AM

There is a new way to make gluten free beers where you can add something which effectively eats up all the gluten protein, leaving less than 20ppm behind (gluten free is 5ppm for labeling purposes.) My friend told me about it and I'll update this answer with that method when he gets back to me. Then you can make just about any brew "gluten free" which would be pretty amazing.

UPDATE

The item in question is called "Brewers Clarex" and it breaks down the proteins in the beer during the brewing process. Official website doesn't talk about gluten free but forums talk about it.

Official site: http://www.dsm.com/le/en_US/brewersclarex/html/home.htm

Forum talking about GF beer: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f164/removing-gluten-normal-beer-239644/

Official final update

The Homebrewer's method of gluten removal is using "Clarity Ferm" which is made by White Labs and available here: http://www.northernbrewer.com/brewing/clarity-ferm-5-mls.html

"This is not recommended for extreme celiacs but for moderate and gluten sensitive people it should be perfect. It does not effect the quality of the final beer other than increasing clarity which is desirable in most styles anyway." - my beer brewing friend

So if you're already drinking beer, this is a much better option. If you're celiac, stick to sorghum and officially gluten free beers.

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on October 24, 2012
at 05:19 PM

A mystery enzyme that eats up gluten? A cool idea (and helpful post), but I'd consider a beer made with that to be less Paleo than a bona fide Reinheitsgebot-compliant brew.

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on June 28, 2011
at 06:04 AM

Dark beers are made from the same stuff as light beers. The color comes from the roast of the malt. Now, I dont know anything about roasting sorghum or millet, but if you can do it, thats how you would go about it. You could easily try this at home, or if you have a friend that home brews, get his help. You could spread the grain out on a cookie sheet and roast it yourself to the desired color, then you just go through the brewing process as normal. Another option would be using some molasses to get some additional fermentables (alcohol) as well adding color and some depth of flavor. If you take that route, yeast selection will be paramount as straight sugar like that can give a cidery taste during fermentation.

The nice part is that you can get most of the stuff you will need at a decent homebrew supply store. A lot of them are even starting to carry rice and sorghum syrups and such as GF becomes more mainstream (as more people become gluten intolerant due to SAD).

Before I became paleo, I owned a brewery, so feel free to ask any other questions. I know about all there is to know about making beer.

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on June 28, 2011
at 04:00 PM

Good question, Pete. The two cretainly went hand in hand, but was more of an over all "I gotta change my life" thing. When you are stuck in an office all day, drinking beer and getting paid for it sounds pretty awesome. When you have to wake up every day and go to a bar and start drinking with clients at 10am every day, it gets pretty damn depressing. Couple that with the diet ramifications of eating bar food 90% of the time and I was in a spiral of bad health and depression. So I changed my diet, exercise, and professional life ann in one fell swoop as a need for a better life.

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:39 PM

Did you get out of the brewing business b/c you became Paleo? The owner of a very successful local brewery in my area recently found out she was a celiac. What a nightmare.

Fe87afa634afe26f4f6fd956abe0b46a

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on June 28, 2011
at 08:35 PM

Good for you. That's a heck of a showing of determination. Changing just one of those multiple things you've managed to change is hard enough.

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on July 03, 2011
at 09:35 PM

I'm actually in the process of making a gluten-free beer with my brew girls, recipe discussions were last night at our beer meeting, and we're getting close to putting something together. Will report back on the experimentation and the recipe to clone if we hit it. I totally agree with the Estrella Daura, fruity, light, nicely effervescent. Another suggestions are New Planet Off Grid Pale Ale - is a bit sweet but still has a nice bitter hoppy finish and Sprecher Shakparo is tasty, very lambic like, nice and clean. Cheers!

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on August 13, 2011
at 05:53 PM

look forward to hearing about this and seeing the recipe! I am moving to a new house with a basement! So i get to start home-brewing and would love to start with GF beer!

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on June 28, 2011
at 01:42 AM

Green's Gluten Free Beer is the ONLY beer I'll drink if drinking one. It's made from pseudo-grains and tastes great. LOTS of alcohol, so you can drink less of this beer and get a nice buzz. It's like up to 11% alcohol.

The following Green???s gluten free beers are made using the following pseudo-cereals and do not contain any allergens: Sorghum, Millet, Buckwheat and Brown Rice.

It's expensive, but like I said you get buzzed and enjoy it. Bard's and red bridge are horrible in comparison and besides they contain GMO corn and syrup.

Link: http://www.glutenfreebeers.co.uk/

Whole Foods has it. So does Specs in Texas anyway

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on June 28, 2011
at 01:59 AM

yeah, Bard's is pretty crummy, but works in a pinch. So watery.

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:22 AM

Their Tripel is pretty awful IMO. It's like... syrup, and just as sweet although the label says it doesn't have a crazy amount of sugar. Their other brews are somewhat better.

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on June 28, 2011
at 03:57 AM

I like Green's Amber Ale (Discovery), then Green's (Quest). redbridge and bard's suck. Estrella Daura is pretty damn good.

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on June 28, 2011
at 04:48 PM

Never heard of Estrella, wow there's more gluten free beers than I thought! There's at least 2 more we haven't mentioned as well.

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on September 19, 2011
at 06:50 PM

IMO daura isn't anything special. The taste is somewhat muddy to me. I tend to like my beers with a 'bite' to it...or a "definitiveness" to it? Greens makes yummy beer . WANT.

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on February 21, 2013
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on February 21, 2013
at 06:46 PM

Monster....can you send me the recipe for the dark gf beer?

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on October 24, 2012
at 07:04 PM

Beer made from grains such as sorghum is naturally gluten-free.

A few breweries have taken the bolder step of starting with barley malt, and then destroying the gluten during the brewing process. I took a look into the pros and cons of using this approach. The current FDA-approved assay is not suitable for complex mixtures like beer, so an alternative is needed both to test for residual gluten, and, more importantly, the safety of the final product. The TTB, which regulates beer labeling and advertising in the US, has taken a cautious stance in its interim ruling.

Is "gluten-free" beer made with barley malt safe for celiacs?

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on October 24, 2012
at 03:46 PM

mloster, would you be willing to send me your recipe? My e-mail is jmay at pointinspace dot com

Thanks!

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on September 19, 2012
at 03:58 AM

From what I've read, Brewers' Clarex and Clarity-Ferm both work well for standard barley malt-based beers, but be careful with wheat beers. Wheat has so much gluten to begin with that there is still enough gluten remaining to make you sick.

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on July 01, 2012
at 08:28 PM

do you have a world market in your area? they usually have a good selection of hard cider and gf beers that can stratch the itch!

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on April 06, 2012
at 04:21 AM

I would appreciate any possible gluten free reciepe I could ever get. mloster, I just went on this site tonite and I tried to email you but dont know how, I would like any possible beer that anyone makes, and send it to me, so I can try it myself. It should be low hop bitterness. I was a busch light, coors light, bud light drinker, then had to go to redbridge. Liked them all. but, cant afford redbridge and just want to make beer that is gluten free that I can drink. Please any help out there?????

Kevin

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on January 27, 2012
at 12:13 AM

I just brewed my first batch of beer using Clarity Ferm about three months ago. Needless to say the stuff worked at least for me, and I had my cousin who has Celiac's as well try one and neither one of us got sick. Oh I guess I should say I used a normal kit, and did not alter a thing besides adding Clarity Ferm to the batch. I can not say how excited I am now just brewed a new batch last weekend that will be ready in 6 weeks, and ordered two more kits (Dead Ringer IPA and a Belgian Tripel). Im going out tomorrow to buy more carboys as not sure if I can go back to the beers sold in stores. The only kind I found tolerable anymore was New Planet. I only tried Estrella once and it was alright but not worth the price for sure. Either way Im not sure if it will work for everyone, but for me it did and if you are already brewing beer it is definitely worth a shot. If anyone has any questions about it or anything let me know.

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on January 27, 2012
at 04:48 AM

wow! good to know. i'm actually brewing a brown ale with clarity ferm right now. it should be ready in 2 weeks, so i'm interested to see how i react. personally, i can't stand new planet or estrella. how gluten intolerant would you say you are?

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on January 28, 2012
at 01:31 AM

I mean after the first go around I felt good enough to go purchase two more kits and going to get some more carboys tomorrow. Best of luck and let me know how it works for you.

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on January 28, 2012
at 01:30 AM

Not as bad as my daughter which is how I actually found out. Though I am susceptible to cross contamination so I am pretty sensitive. I have seen some posts on another site that people brewed a 10 gallon batch then split it into two 5 gallon batches and added the yeast and added clarity ferm to one of them. They then tested both and the one without of course had tons, but the one with clarity ferm tested around 5ppm which is a lot less then the 20ppm required. I did not test mine b/c I didnt want to spend the money and instead just tried one.

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on September 19, 2011
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Alrighty. I brewed a couple of batches of gluten free beer. I just made an american style stout out of blackened rice, sprouted buckwheat, chestnuts, and dark belgian candi sugar. It came out pretty tasty and beer-like. Here's picbrewing-gluten-free-beer

If anyone is interested in brewing some beer and wants some help, let me know and I'll give you detailed instructions.

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on January 12, 2012
at 04:37 PM

mloster, I'd love the instructions. One of my gluten-eating, beer brewing buddies wants to throw me a bone and make a gluten free beer with me. Even though I'm pretty much grain free at this point, I can't turn that down! And I love the sound of this - chestnuts, wow! Can you email me? syrahna at g mail dot com.

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on January 13, 2012
at 07:53 PM

I just emailed you so check your inbox.

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on July 05, 2011
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just an update. i've decided to dabble in brewing and am just going to start with a kit. i'll keep everyone updated with info. here's the link to the kit i decided on: http://www.homebrewers.com/product/ALP1051/Gluten-Free-Dark-Ale-Beer-Kit.html?meta=GBASE&metacpg=ALP1051&utm_source=gbase&utm_medium=CPC&utm_content=&utm_campaign=ALP1051

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on July 05, 2011
at 01:26 PM

awesome! not sure where you live, but definitely see if there are any homebrew meetings in your area. it's amazing when you can ask questions of people who are solid homebrewers, as well as new, actually face to face rather than scouring the web. you might find others who have or are currently brewing gluten-free. good luck and happy brewing!

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