Barley Free Brew

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by mbarbaree, May 27, 2018.

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  1. mbarbaree

    mbarbaree Initiate (0) May 27, 2018

    My brother-in-law just found out he is allergic to barley. I am tinkering with a sorghum based beer to get around this. This is not a gluten allergy, so I am free to use wheat and rye. Has anyone ever tried a recipe with a combination of sorghum/wheat or sorghum/rye? All of the wheat and rye extracts are out of the question due to the presence of barley. But a partial extract could be done I assume. Any advice would be appreciated
  2. NeroFiddled

    NeroFiddled Poo-Bah (13,558) Jul 8, 2002 Pennsylvania
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    You can brew a beer out of 100% wheat but it's a pain to vorlauf. A lot of rice hulls are needed. It tastes as you'd imagine it. You could add rye to that as well, which I've never done but seems like a great idea. I've never been a fan of the flavor of sorghum myself so I never bothered. Corn, buckwheat, oats, rice, spelt, quinoa, starchy vegetables (pumpkin, agave, cactus, potatoes, etc.), and sugar/fruits are also options. In fact, it doesn't seem like you're really that limited at all but you will have to keep an eye on diastatic power.
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  3. StupidlyBrave

    StupidlyBrave Initiate (74) Jan 2, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I've only made one sorghum based beer, and it was a gluten-free extract. I was afraid of the potential bite of the sorghum syrup, so I subbed in a pound of rice extract syrup and a pound of honey.

    I verified that the rice extract didn't use barley to convert (it was an Amazon purchase) before using, but I think Briess makes brown rice syrup specifically for Gluten free beer which may also be useful to your circumstance.
  4. NorCalKid

    NorCalKid Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2018 California

    Cider is always a good avenue. Fairly cheap and easy.
  5. pweis909

    pweis909 Poo-Bah (1,964) Aug 13, 2005 Wisconsin

    Brew in a bag technique allows you to brew 100% wheat and rye beers without the problems that come from trying to lauter wort from hullless grains.
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  6. VikeMan

    VikeMan Poo-Bah (2,028) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania

    I'm sure that's true. But I'd add that if one already has a mash tun, it's not difficult to add rice hulls to the grist.
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