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Old 12-11-2011, 04:11 AM   #1
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Off of Dirtbag's original post about a quinoa pale ale, I was inspired. Here's what I brewed today. I'll let you know how it comes out. I used home malted grains, 1/3 pale, 1/3 lightly roasted, 1/3 medium roasted.

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Old 01-10-2012, 11:38 PM   #2
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Any updates on this? Did you malt the quinoa?

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Old 01-11-2012, 07:27 PM   #3
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Old 01-11-2012, 10:04 PM   #4
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I did malt the quinoa myself. I had some problems sparging and should have added rice hulls. So I ended up with less wort than expected. Otherwise, the brew day went fine. I boiled as normal, added hops, whirlfloc, chilled to upper 60s, pitched the yeast, and it was on its way. Something weird happened though. Only about 1/3 of the wort in the primary cleared and the bottom 2/3 remained sludgy, never clearing. So I ended up with about 8 bottles from 7 lbs of grain. It's carbonating right now, so I've yet to taste it. But for the simple fact that the end product is incredibly inefficient in terms of inputs, I'd not do the recipe again, even if it tastes great. I'll posts some pics in a day or two.

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Old 01-11-2012, 10:08 PM   #5
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@Dirtbag I wasn't at all saying I brewed your recipe, just that it gave me the idea to try making a Quinoa Pale Ale.

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Old 01-12-2012, 12:35 AM   #6
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Where do you buy 7 lbs of quinoa that isn't insanely expensive?

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Old 01-12-2012, 12:38 AM   #7
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costco sells white quinoa at $9/4lbs.

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10 lbs for $35 at quinoa.com
Good deal at Costco

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Old 01-12-2012, 04:38 AM   #9
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Yeah costco has very decent prices. It's a tad more expensive malting though because you lose about 1/4 of the original weight, that is if you start out with 10 pounds of grain, you'll end up with 7.5 lbs of malted grain. So it cost about $20-$25 for the batch. If I got 20 beers out of it, I'd say it would be totally worth it. But for the measly 8 or so I ended up with, I'll just write the money off as entertainment money in that I experimented, brewed and saw the results.

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Old 01-15-2012, 04:31 PM   #10
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@ mloster, thanks for the reply. This sounds like an interesting experiment. I contacted Jon Plise who works for MoreBeer, and know quite a bit about gluten free brewing. He advised me to add buckwheat the the quinoa beer as well.
Let us know how it tastes when they are ready!

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