Gluten Free Beer Recipe Kits
Gluten Free Beer Kits in Canada
Gluten-free beer kits are for those that must or want to eliminate gluten from their diets. If you are one of them you are not alone, almost 2.5 million Canadians are looking for gluten-free products. Having to eliminate gluten from your diet does not mean that you must stop enjoying your hobby of brewing (and drinking) homemade beer, it just means finding an alternative.
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.
You will find that Sorghum in many recipes used in gluten-free beer kits. 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 a fruit seed. Considered by many as a power food, buckwheat has many health benefits. 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 gluten-free brewing grains are oats, corn, rice and millet.