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Gluten Free Home Brewing Blog
New Enzymes and Updated Tutorials
First of all, thank you to all the wonderful GFHBers that have been patient with us while we have conducted plus or minus two dozen test batches with various different enzymes. But the wait is finally over! We are excited to announce the new enzymes are in stock and ready to be used with the updated brewing tutorials.
For Single Infusion Mash: SEBAmyl BAL 100 or Termamyl, and SEBAmyl L enzymes work together at temperatures of 155-165F (163.4F recommended) to convert starch into fermentable suga...
Step-By-Step Video Tutorial for Pub Style Fish and Chips
We thought a video on how to make the best beer battered fish, chicken strips or veggies was a great way to learn how to use our new camera and editing software. There are many gluten free beer brewing videos in the works...so keep checking our blog!
First of Its Kind - Zero Tolerance Gluten Free Homebrew Club
Zero Tolerance Homebrew Club kicked off what is believed to the first-of-its-kind gluten-free homebrew club on Sunday, January 28th in Portland, OR. The meeting was held at Ground Breaker Brewing, who has graciously agreed to host the club on an ongoing basis. Meetings will be held on the last Sunday of every month from 2pm-3pm.
The inaugural meeting drew a dozen or more interested parties, some of whom brought gluten-free homebrew to share. Ground Breaker’s delicious food and flights of their...
Brewing 101 by GFHBer Anthony from Texas
Many of our customers may not realize that GFHB started out as a facebook page in 2010 in an effort to connect GFHBers together in one place, share our knowledge and experiences, and of course share our favorite recipes. Since we opened our business three years ago we have enjoyed helping customers that are new to brewing, new to brewing gluten free beer, and seasoned brewers develop a new recipe. Most of our time these days are spent fulfilling orders and reordering supplies, but we really enjo...
How To Calculate Rice Hulls For Proper Circulation & Filtration
Rice hulls provide an important function during the mash and sparge process by providing proper circulation in the mash and filtration during the sparge. In November we revised our recommendation from adding 20-25% rice hulls to a grain bill, to just 10-15%. At minimum, you want to use enough rice hulls to prevent a stuck mash, and we have found that 10-15% does an adequate job. That does not mean you need to shy away from using a bunch of rice malt in your grain bill! Several of our all-grain r...
New Product: Beer Batter Mix
Growing up in Milwaukee Wisconsin with plenty of beer and Friday fish fries has made being gluten free challenging. We struggled over the years to make a gluten free batter that would stick to the fish, stay stuck to the fish throughout the frying process, and then didn’t simply crumble or separate when eating. After many years of disappointing attempts with mediocre results, our interest in trying again was renewed since we started making great recipes made from Eckert Malting & Brewing Co's ma...
New Product: Naked Pale Rice Malt
We are excited about this newest release from Eckert Malting & Brewing Co! This "naked" rice malt is dehulled leaving just the rice grain behind. May be used with other hulled rice malt or the appropriate amount of rice hulls to ensure circulation and filtration. The use of "naked" rice malt reduces the amount of rice hulls in the grain bill and may increase the potential gravity.
As this malt is new there is still some testing to be done to figure out the PPG. But because we know the grain to ...
Updated Brewing Recommendations
This past year we have conducted well over a dozen test batches to shore up our knowledge of brewing gluten free beer. Things have changed quickly since we started in 2010 as a facebook page sharing the bits and pieces of information and recipes we acquired. Our goal this year was to unlock and clear up many of the questions GFHBers, including ourselves, still have about brewing gluten free beer.
Brew In A Bag (BIAB): We have really enjoyed using the BIAB method this past year. As it turns out...
New Product: Goldfinch Millet Malt
Got an IPA or Pale Ale planned soon? Try this new Goldfinch Millet Malt! With maple and bran flavors coupled with slight toasty cereal, honey and caramel tones; this is a great malt to add complexity to the your next beer.
New Product: Californian Lager Yeast
We recently adapted a California Common / Steam Beer recipe which required a California style lager yeast. See recipe here: https://www.glutenfreehomebrewing.org/recipes/showrecipe.php?recipeid=195
We are excited to work with Mangrove Jack's M54 Californian Lager yeast. This is a unique lager strain that has the ability to ferment at ale temperatures without the associated off flavors. Extended lagering periods are also not required.
Suitable for California Common and any lager fermented at am...
Brew In A Bag: Rice Malt Grain Absorption Rate Revealed
Today, BIAB batch number 5 went into the kettle, and we feel optimistically back on track. Batches number 3 and 4 were dumped down the drain after very low conversion. We compared our brewing journal notes for each batch to what we know about brewing gluten free beer. Some things started to take shape. We suspected the thin mashes of the batches number 3 and 4 may have diluted the enzymes to the point there was little conversion. In our all-grain brewing the quarts/pounds ratio...
Brew In A Bag: A Few Batches Later
In September we posted the blog ‘Brew In A Bag: Brew Day Notes To Self’ where we described our first experience of brewing in a bag. At that time we wanted to do a few things: use the BIAB method, compare aeration methods, and work on developing a new recipe. Well, a few things stood out after our first experience. We brewed in our kitchen and did not anticipate the difficulties we had maintaining a boil on our electric stove. We have since figured out that there is a small ra...
Smoked malts are primarily used in Scottish Ales, Smoked Beers, Porters, Bamberger Beers and Rauch Bocks. Typically, a pale or lightly roasted malt is used (usually 5 – 6 lovibonds) to make smoked malts, and the preferred woods include Apple and Cherry wood. Low temperatures for extended periods of time produce the best results. The pale or lightly roasted malts are preferred due to their higher moisture content. Smoke sticks to moisture more than the grain itself, therefore presoaking the malt ...
Brew In A Bag: Brew Day Notes To Self
We are not unfamiliar with the Brew In A Bag (BIAB) brewing method, we just had not actually brewed beer this way before. We have read up on a lot of brewing topics in order to be knowledgeable for customer questions and our own curiosity. However, we have not yet had time to try everything we have read at least once. We try to incorporate a couple new concepts or try new ingredients into every batch of beer we brew.
There were more lessons to be learned than we anticipated going into this batc...
Gluten Free American Amber Ale & Chocolate Chili
A brief story about this recipe. We entered a chili cook-off and my wife made many versions of various chili recipes for a couple months before the event. The night before the cook-off, she became ill and was unable to attend the event. Armed with the recipe my wife wrote, the ingredients and all my cooking supplies; I went to the event myself having never made any chili recipe, let alone my wife's chili recipe. She developed such a great recipe she won 2nd Place even though she was at home sick...
New Product: Naked Gas Hog Rice Malt
This "naked" rice malt is hulled leaving just the rice seed behind. Therefore, it departs a less bitter yet rich flavor as compared to it's sister Gas Hog Rice Malt.
Naturally gluten free product malted in a dedicated gluten free facility. Produces gluten free beer. Use Amylase Enzymes to convert starches into sugars which can then be fermented by brewing yeast.
Premium quality California rice germinated then heated to allow conversion of starch to sugar. Dried and roasted to develop very dark ...
Gluten Free Beer Battered Malted Fish & Chips
Growing up in Milwaukee Wisconsin with plenty of beer and Friday fish fries has made being gluten free challenging. I have struggled over the years to make a gluten free batter that would stick to the fish, stay stuck to the fish throughout the frying process, and then didn’t simply crumble or separate when eating. After many years of disappointing attempts with mediocre results, my interest in trying again was renewed since my wife started whipping up some great recipes made from the malted ric...
Malt Rice Bread II
This is an updated version of the Malt Rice Bread recipe we originally posted on our blog on February 24th 2017. In this version, we cooked the Amber Rice Malt Cereal first, adjusted the amounts of the leavening agents, reduced the amount of sugar, and added more liquid. We found this version to be more "savory" and have more of a cornbread consistency.
1 cup Amber Rice Malt Cereal
½ cup Amber Malted Rice Flour
½ cup Malted Sweet Rice Flour
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tsp salt
GF Peach Cobbler
- 6-8 fresh, ripe peaches (about 5 cups), peeled and sliced
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 cups sugar, divided
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted (or ¼ cup butter & ¼ cup oil)
- 1/3 cup Tapioca flour
- 1/3 cup Malted Sweet Rice Flour
- 1/3 cup brown rice flour
- ½ teaspoon xanthan gum
- 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup milk or non-daily milk
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Pre-heat your oven
Unedited Video Tutorial Script
After we released our video tutorial series this past month we took a moment to relax before revisiting the original unedited tutorial script. Filming tutorials was a sharp learning curve. There was a lot of last minute editing in order to avoid hours of standing around and talking to the camera. There was so much content we wanted to cover, as the original script reflects, but it would have made for an excessively long video tutorial. It is really quite amazing how much content you can cover in...
Gluten Free Home Brewing Tutorial Series - The Fermentation
The final episode in our series of gluten home beer brewing tutorials is now available on the GFHB YouTube page!
Gluten Free Home Brewing Tutorial Series - The Boil
The eighth episode of our series of gluten home beer brewing tutorials is now available on the GFHB YouTube page!
Gluten Free Home Brewing Tutorial Series - The Mash
The seventh episode of our series of gluten home beer brewing tutorials is now available on the GFHB YouTube page!
Gluten Free Home Brewing Tutorial Series - The Mill
The sixth episode of our series of gluten home beer brewing tutorials is now available on the GFHB YouTube page!
Gluten Free Home Brewing Tutorial Series - The Malt
The fifth episode of our series of gluten home beer brewing tutorials is now available on the GFHB YouTube page!
Gluten Free Home Brewing Tutorial Series - The Ingredients
The fourth episode of our series of gluten home beer brewing tutorials is now available on the GFHB YouTube page!
Gluten Free Home Brewing Tutorial Series - The Recipe
The third episode of our series of gluten home beer brewing tutorials is now available on the GFHB YouTube page!
Gluten Free Home Brewing Tutorial Series - The Equipment
The second episode of our series of gluten home beer brewing tutorials is now available on the GFHB YouTube page!
Gluten Free Home Brewing Tutorial Series - Introduction
The first in our series of gluten home beer brewing tutorials is now available on the GFHB YouTube page!
Additional Beer Profile features on Recipes!
If you haven't been to our Recipes page you may want to check it out here:
If you have browsed through our Recipes page and were a little disappointed with the lack of information in the Beer Profile, we apologize. Apparently the public / customer view was not displaying the ABV, SRM and IBU. That is some important information that was not able to be viewed. But we FIXED THE GLITCH and any recipe that was submitted with the
ABV, SRM a...
How To Calculate The Perfect Strike Water For Your Next Mash
So you have tried your hand at an all-grain batch of beer and the math was close but not what you expected. It might be your Strike Water. There are several variables to take into calculation when trying to achieve the target mash temperature, and each as important as the other. The difference between getting to 163.4F and being off a few degrees may affect the efficiency of your mash…and less fermentable sugars for your eager yeast to devour.
Grain Temperature: So, you set your thermostat to ...
GF Savory Malted Pie Crust & Chicken Porter Pot Pie Recipes
GF Savory Malted Pie Crust
Prep time: 20 minutes
Makes 2 - 9” pie crusts or one top and one bottom crust
1 cup brown rice flour
½ cup Malted Sweet Rice Flour
½ cup Amber Malted Rice Flour
½ cup tapioca starch
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
½ teaspoon salt
12 Tablespoons chilled butter cut into chunks
8-10 Tablespoons GF Amber Ale or GF Pale Ale beer
1. In a large bowl add flours, tapioca starch, xanthan gum, and salt. Mix to blend.
Add chilled butter and cut with pastry blender until mixtu
Gluten-Free Amber Malted Cookies with Peanut Butter
The Amber Malted Rice Flour adds a really nice complementary flavor with the peanut butter. Easily modified to be vegan.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Makes about 36 cookies
½ cup granulated sugar
½ cup packed brown sugar
½ cup peanut butter
½ cup butter or vegan butter
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla
1 egg or flax egg
½ cup Malted Sweet Rice Flour
½ cup Amber Malted Rice Flour
1/3 cup tapioca starch
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
6-8 oz chocolate chips (optional)
Mangrove Jack's Dried Yeast by Craft Beer Style
Mangrove Jack’s introduced several new dried yeasts to their Craft Series last year that gives the brewer the ability to brew a complete range of beer styles previously only possible with liquid yeast (liquid yeast is not gluten free). We have put together some information to help you choose the right Mangrove Jack’s Dried Yeast for your next homebrew.
M15 Empire Ale – Suitable for Amber Ale to Porter. Full, rich dark fruit flavors with exceptional depth.
M20 Bavarian Wheat – Great choice for...
New Product: Liberty Bell Ale Yeast
We are excited to try our first batch of beer fermented with Mangrove Jack's M36 Liberty Bell Ale Yeast! This new yeast may be a good alternative to the old standby S-04 and US-05.
A top fermenting ale yeast suitable for a wide variety of hoppy and distinctive style beers. This strain produces light, delicate fruity esters and helps to develop malt character.
Suitable for both English and American Pale Ales, Extra Special Bitters, Golden Ales and more.
Dry yeast is a gluten free product.
Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread
Adapted from Betty Crocker Gluten Free Irish Soda Bread
1 ¼ C Brown rice flour
¾ C Tapioca starch
½ C Amber Malted Rice Flour
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp Gluten-free baking powder
¾ tsp Salt
½ tsp Xanthan gum
½ C Raisins (optional)
¼ C Sugar
3 Tbsp Butter, softened
1 Egg or 1 flax egg
¾ - 1 C Buttermilk
Heat oven to 450°F. Grease round pan, pie pan or a cookie sheet with shortening or cooking spray.
- In medium bowl, stir together flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt and xa
The Southern Oregon Cyclist
GFHB is proud to sponsor the newly formed MeetUp group 'The Southern Oregon Cyclist'
If you live in Southern Oregon, and are a cyclist of any skill level or age, please join us for a ride!
Exclusive New Release - American Amber Ale - All-Grain Recipe Kit
Original Gravity: 1.055
Final Gravity: 1.014
Alcohol By Volume: 5.42%
Color SRM 11.38
Bitterness IBU 27.78
Yield: 5 gallons
Introducing the long awaited American Amber Ale developed in collaboration with Eckert Malting & Brewing Co from Chico, California. This is a true to style Amber Ale full bodied beer with medium amber color, tones of malt and biscuit, and light hop aroma and flavor. The malt flavor has a lightly sweet caramel quality. Showcasing American style Chinook and...
Malt Rice Recipes
Eckert Malting & Brewing Co offers an Amber Rice Malt Cereal (Hot Cereal), Malted Sweet Rice Flour, and Amber Rice Malt Flour. There is a good chance you received a sample of the hot cereal in your recent purchase. In January, we posted 'Cooking and Baking with Rice Malt and Beer' on our blog that included a recipe for Gluten Free Muffins and information on cooking with gluten free beer. Below are a few recipes we received earlier today from Eckert Malting & Brewing Co.
Malt Rice Bread
16 Herbs and Spices to add Flavor and Aroma to your Homebrew
Early beers were made from not hops, but roots and herbs. Just because we are not brewing medieval beers anymore doesn’t mean we have to stop brewing with herbs and spices. Many of the attributes of modern hops can also be achieved using the right herbs and spices. And many up and coming craft beers, such as Grapefruit IPA, uses the right hops in combination with herbs and spices to get that great flavor profile. Here is a list of the herbs and spices we carry and how they can be used to enhance...
How to weigh hops (or anything) without a scale!
Starting with a one ounce packet of hops, open packet and pour contents onto a work area such as a large plate or cutting board. Divide contents into exactly half. Now you have two half portions of hops, or 0.50 oz. If needed, divide contents again into exactly half. Now you have four quarter portions of hops, or 0.25 oz. Repeat as needed to achieve the desired amounts.
Below is a chart that will help you get to the amount of hops your recipe calls for:
1 = 1.00
1/2 = 0.50
1/4 = 0.25
1/8 = 0.1...
Exclusive New Release
Introducing two malted rice flours from Eckert Malting & Brewing Co. Certified gluten free from a dedicated gluten free facility. Sourced from local rice near Chico California. Substitute these flours with the rice flour in your favorite recipes. May also be used to substitute other flours.
Malted Sweet Rice Flour only $6.99 for 1 LB bag!
Amber Malted Rice Flour only $6.99 for 1 LB bag!
Check out this previous blog for recipe ideas: http://www.glutenfreehomebrewing.org/BLOG/42/Cooking-a...
If this beer is anything like the Grapefruit IPA Ghostfish Brewing Co brews and sells...then this recipe will be amazing!
Original article: http://ghostfishbrewing.com/ghostfishblog/gfhomebrewing-grapefruit-ipa/
Brewing Equipment: see your choice of homebrew guidebooks for a full list of equipment; note that this is a 5-gallon batch, so I recommend a 7- to 10-gallon boil kettle to do a full wort boil, which most likely will require a free-standing propane burner to achieve a rolling boil. If ...
UPDATED: Partial Mash Brewing Tutorial
It is pretty embarrassing when you are reading your own tutorial and find a glaring mistakes. We updated and corrected our Partial Mash Brewing Tutorial:
There was a crucial procedure omitted from step #10. After sparging the malt and collecting the wort, the extract must be combined with the wort. Then you may proceed with the boil instructions.
We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have caused.
Cooking and Baking with Rice Malt and Beer
Another great product from Eckert Malting & Brewing
One of the great flavors we all enjoy from beer is malt. Now there are even more ways to obtain malt flavor in everyday ways. Eckert Malting & Brewing has come out with an Amber Rice Malt Cereal. This product is a flavorful hot cereal everyone can enjoy. Top this hot cereal with nuts, fruit, honey or your favorite add in for a robust breakfast or snack. But what’s even better, is that Amber Rice Malt Cereal can be used in baking as well to add...
Brew A Great Non-Alcoholic Beer
Steps To Designing A Gluten Free Beer Recipe
- Beer Style – Designing a beer recipe starts by identifying the style of beer you want to create. The Beer Judge Certificate Program (BJCP) provides style guidelines which include aroma, appearance, flavor, mouthfeel, overall impression, comments, ingredients and vital statistics. While the BJCP style guidelines list ingredients, this information includes base ingredients that are generally used in that style of beer. This is not to be confused for a recipe.
- Equipment & Constants – When decidi
Gluten Free Brewing Not So Different After All
There are many reasons why people are drinking gluten free beer ranging from personal health choices to significant medical conditions such as Celiac disease. Gluten Free Home Brewing was started as a Facebook page in 2010 in an effort to help centralize information about brewing gluten free beer. Part of the issue at that time was there was not the availability of ingredients as there is today. If we wanted malt it meant we had to malt our own grains. There are the same limited extracts today a...
GFHB Explainer Video
Gluten Free Home Brewing Explainer Video
This video is not the video tutorials we mentioned a month or so ago in our newsletter. Those are still in the works and will be filmed in the upcoming months.
Amber Malt Rice Cereal
Gluten free breakfast and baking options just got a whole lot better with this new Amber Rice Malt Cereal from Eckert Malting & Brewing Co of Chico Cali. This is an amazing twist on a classic hot breakfast cereal. There is no other product like this anywhere! This is truly a one of a kind must have product for any home brewer or gluten free foodie.
Only $11.99...be sure to add a bag to your next order!
Mill Gap Settings
We recently corresponded with Grouse Malting & Roasting Co and Eckert Malting & Brewing Co about mill gap settings. The following is their recommendations:
To release the starch from within millet and buckwheat malt a mill gap setting of 0.65 – 0.70 mm is recommended. When milling rice malt you want to keep the rice hull intact while still milling the rice seed within the hull. A mill gap setting of 0.90 – 0.95 mm is recommended for rice malt.
EXAMPLES OF MILLED MALT (sorry for the typo on ...
Master Brewer of Ghostfish Brewing Co's thoughts on Eckert Rice Malt
We had a conversation recently with James Eckert of Eckert Malting & Brewing Co. Ghostfish Brewing Co in Seattle Washington has recently began using his malts and this is what Master Brewer Jason Yerger had to say: "Eckert rice malts have become a crucial ingredient in our beers. They help us create a wide variety of true-to-style beers, while keeping our lautering times short and our prices consumer-friendly".
There are currently only a few craft gluten free microbreweries in the United St...
Mangrove Jack's Hard Cider Recipe Kits
We are excited to announce gluten free hard cider recipe kits! After brewing up two kits for ourselves, we were convinced that others would enjoy them too. Varieties include apple, mixed berry, pear, and strawberry pear.
Each of our cider varieties has been formulated with only the freshest and best quality fruit which is then pressed and concentrated using our state of the art evaporators, and then cold filled into a pouch. All this effort we go to ensures we preserve the natural flavor of the f...
Amber Rice Malt
Exclusive New Release! We are excited to announce the first gluten free Amber malt. Malted by Eckert Malting & Brewing Co and only available at Gluten Free Home Brewing. Give your Amber Ale a truly authentic amber flavor profile! $7.69 for 2 LBS
Welcome To Our New Website!
Gluten Free Home Brewing started in 2010 as a facebook page in an effort to centralize resources and knowledge about brewing gluten free beer. Soon after a database of recipes was added and soon became too much to manage on a facebook page. In addition, visitors of the facebook page frequently had similar questions. It was apparent that a website was needed that could manage a recipe database, tutorials, and other brewing resources was needed. The Gluten Free Home Brewing website was started in ...