Beer – Not naturally gluten free

Yet another reason why Li loves David: he makes gluten-free beer!

Gluten-Free Beer

I know, GF beer is pretty widely available for sale now. It’s also rather pricey. And hey, it’s the principle of it all. Why buy beer when you can make it at a (somewhat) reasonable cost?

David has been a home winemaker for several years now, so we have the equipment necessary to make beer, but if you had to invest in it, you could pick up everything for about $100, not including bottles. Bottles are only necessary to purchase if you (A) never drink beer yourself so don’t have any to recycle – but then why are you making beer if you don’t drink it? (B) don’t have friends that drink beer and can contribute their empties, or (C) absolutely insist on a special bottle like the one in the photo above, and therefore must purchase them from a specialty store.

And yes, I know you’re going to ask, you can recycle bottles that held gluten beer. The glass cannot absorb gluten. Wash them thoroughly (a couple of times if you have a touch of OCD like I do) and they will be perfectly safe.

This week, David started on his second GF beer. His first, pictured above, was a light-bodied, crisp creation, similar to a Hefeweizen, for you beer aficionados. Ironically, according to Wikipedia, Hefeweizen is wheat beer with a significant amount of barley malt. Funny, no? The first GF brew also featured toasted amaranth, oatmeal (GF), and buckwheat. And it disappeared quickly. I didn’t have much of it, since the grain mixture he chose didn’t sit well with my finicky digestive tract. But this second concoction, what I think might be best described as a Teff Frankenbeer, was carefully assembled with my intolerances in mind.

I’m really looking forward to trying this one. Unfortunately, I have to wait a while. A long while. But in the meantime, I will be sharing the recipe and some photos with you. Stay tuned…

About Li

A writer, runner, and Gluten-Free Zealot, I’ve been helping others navigate the gluten-free lifestyle for many years. Life is meant to be enjoyed, and when you’re gluten-free, it’s even better!

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2 Responses to Beer – Not naturally gluten free

  1. mare says:

    You guys are home brewing GF beer!! I can’t wait for the recipes ~ I’m a 710ml Corona fan 🙂

  2. Li loves David says:

    Mare – I’ll have the recipe up soon, I promise. You’re going to love it!

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