Gluten Free Beer Recipe Kits
Brewer's Best Gluten Free Beer Kits in Canada
You like making and drinking your homebrew, but you have just found out that you must eliminate gluten from your diet (you are not alone - almost 2.5 million Canadians look for gluten free products) . What exactly does that mean with regards to homebrewing? It means finding a beer kit that is gluten free, and we have an ale kit that is just that.
Gluten is a protein composite found in some of the brewing grains that are used to make beer. First - why do we use grains in making beer? We use grains in beer for sweetness, flavour and to some extent the colour too. For years barley has been the go to grain for malting, with some brewers also using wheat and rye. Now that so many are taking on the craft of homebrewing and are trying new and different methods, we are seeing different grains entering the malting field.
Today one of the most popular grains used in gluten free beer recipes is sorghum. What is sorghum - it is a tall cereal grain with a wheat flavour and texture. BriesSweet™ is a white sorghum syrup (used in many gluten free beer kits)that is 100% concentrated wort. This wort is made from the unmalted grain - not the cane.
Another popular choice for brewing is buckwheat. While many think of this as a cereal grain it is actually a fruit seed. Considered by many as a power food, buckwheat has many health benefits and is seen as an unlikely brewing ingredient. If you are using 100% buckwheat as your source of sweetness many forum posts state you should malt it first to give it a head start on the fermentation.
Other brewing grains that are gluten free are oats, corn, rice and millet.