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Androshen 10-14-2009 11:35 PM

Questions about GF Beer with Honey ...
My wife and I are *very* new to the wine making scene ... we decided we needed a hobby and since we both like wine we decided this what we wanted to do.
Well, since she is also allergic to gluten I figured to branch out just a bit and try a batch of GF beer.
She really wants a honey beer and this is where I have a questions for the brew pros ... the recipe I am going to try uses 6lbs of rice syrup, is this what I replace with the honey? And if so, what ratio for the replacement? 1 to 1?
This is for a 5 gallon batch ...

We are so new we have months before we can even sample our first batch :(
currently in carboys:
Mead with Honeycrisp cider added
Cherry / Concord Grape
Blueberry Mead

Lcasanova 10-15-2009 12:18 AM

First, welcome to the forum :mug: and congrats on starting the new hobby. I think you'd do good using the search function, but check this thread here http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/any-tips-using-honey-140712/ for tips on making a honey beer (if the honey flavor is what you want). I can tell you though, that you substitue sorghum syrup 1:1 for malt extract so maybe the rice syrup is the same.

mrk305 10-15-2009 12:40 AM

If you want your beer to taste like honey, use honey malt grains. Real honey pretty much just ferments out into alchahol and does not add much flavor. Good for boosting the ABV though.

remilard 10-15-2009 01:34 AM


Originally Posted by mrk305 (Post 1610140)
If you want your beer to taste like honey, use honey malt grains. Real honey pretty much just ferments out into alchahol and does not add much flavor. Good for boosting the ABV though.

Honey malt is not gluten free.

Add the honey after primary fermentation, and choose a strong tasting honey (look at mead making resources) and you'll have some honey flavor.

Also try bottle priming with honey.

Androshen 10-15-2009 01:47 AM

What exactly does "bottle priming" mean? :confused:

remilard 10-15-2009 02:20 AM

Adding sugar to the beer immediately before bottling so that the fermentation taking place in the bottles carbonates the beer.

celiacsurvivor 10-15-2009 11:49 PM


I've brewed a GF honey lager which was really good. You can check out the recipe and instructions here. You could probably add more honey than I did if you want a more honey taste, or like remilard said prime with honey as well.



Androshen 10-16-2009 01:59 AM

Thanks!! Looks like a recipe I can use.

Here is the recipe "Americanized" for those of us who are "metric impaired". :)

Celiacsurvivor's GF Honey Lager Recipe

2.8 kg (6.17lbs) Sorghum Malt

0.5Kg (1.10lbs) Honey (I used Pams clover honey)

28g (.99oz) Saaz Hops Bittering (60min)

15g (.53oz) Saaz Hops Flavouring (20min)

7g (.25oz) Saaz Hops Aroma (10min)

7g (.25oz) Saaz Hops Aroma (end of boil)

(I used Czech saaz hops from Nelson 4.4%AA)

5g (.18oz) Irish Moss

Fermentis Saflager S-23 yeast or Saflager W-34/70 (not sure which I threw the packet away)

In a large pot add approx 1kg (2.2lbs) Sorghum Liquid Extract and 8 liters (2.11gal) of hot water. Mix well until the extract is totally dissolved. Bring this liquid to the boil. ( this takes a while and should start with nearly boiled water).

After the liquid has been boiling for a few minutes, add the 28g (.99oz) Saaz Hop Pellets (bittering hops) to the pot and boil for a further 60 minutes. Adding the hops to the boil will cause some foaming. Stir the pot if required.*Start the 60 min timer from this addition of hops.

At 20 minutes from the end of boil, add 15g (.53oz) Cascade Hop Pellets (Flavour hops).

At 10 minutes from the end of boil, add 7g (.25oz) Cascade Hop Pellets (Aroma hops), and 1 teaspoon of Irish moss

After 60 minutes boiling, stop the boil and add the 7g (.25oz) Saaz Hop Pellets (Aroma Hops) to the pot. Also add the remaining extract to the pot and stir well until totally dissolved.

Add the honey and leave for 10 minutes to allow it to sterilize and melt.

Cool the hot liquid by placing the pot with the lid on in a sink of cold water for about 30 minutes.

Add the cooled wort and fridge cold water to fermenter. Top up to 22lt (5.81gal) with more water and stir vigorously. Sprinkle the yeast on the surface of the liquid and ferment at 4-11C. (39.20F 51.80F)

I cooled it to ~130C (55.40F) then pitched the yeast and put it outside in the shed.

I think I will try this one .....

Lcasanova 10-16-2009 02:53 AM

Just a heads up, this is a lager which you will need to keep cooler than an ale. Check the yeast packet for temperature specs to give you an idea

celiacsurvivor 10-16-2009 08:23 AM

I would recommend that you read the rest of the thread that I originally posted this recipe on. I had problems with the yeast and a lot of trub. I also recommend you use a yeast starter if you can.

Its coming into winter in the US isn't it, this should be a perfect time to brew a lager.

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