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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Whole Foods has it. So does Specs in Texas anyway
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!
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
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 pic
If anyone is interested in brewing some beer and wants some help, let me know and I'll give you detailed instructions.
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.
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?????
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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