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MrChalky 10-06-2012 01:09 PM

Sorghum beer using mabela?
I'm looking to make some gluten free beer for my coeliac housemate.
Where I live it's near impossible to find sorghum syrup, the only thing I could find is this: http://southafricanfood.ie/store/product/2567/Mabela-2Kg/

Would this work? Is there any thing I'd need to do with it first?

Safa 10-06-2012 03:34 PM

Try finding some brown rice syrup (also available on dehydrated solid form) instead, that should work the same way. Not entirely sure about using what you posted, I'll leave that to the experienced brewers.

If you're in South Africa, you could try finding some millet, that's what the Zulus used to use to make their beer! Use it like a mini mash, should help give your beer some good body!

MrChalky 10-06-2012 04:54 PM

I'm nowhere near South Africa, I'm in Ireland
Brown rice syrup should be easier to find. I've no idea where to go about finding millet

Ash_Mathew 10-06-2012 05:12 PM

Hi, do you have Holland and Barrett stores in Southern Ireland? They sell millet there.

Also, I am not sure if this site will deliver to the South, but worth a try. Good for buckwheat groats to malt etc. And rice syrup. Worth a try I guess though. :)


Also, this website delivers to Europe. I think they have a better price for Ireland than Europe too, though. The kit is ok. Not perfect, but it is good to start with. No boiling and stuff...


Hope I have helped a little?

MrChalky 10-06-2012 05:39 PM

Yeah, we have holland and barrett.

If I order that kit from there, it'll cost as much for delivery as the kit itself costs.
I might try a few of the local shops, see if they can get the kit in.

And yes, you have helped, thanks!

Ash_Mathew 10-06-2012 07:06 PM

Yeah, noticed that just after I posted. Doh! Haha My local shop has found it a bit hard to track the kit down to be honest, but yours might have more luck. Haven't managed to find another kit our side of the Atlantic though. Let me know if you find one, please.

If the health food website doesn't deliver to you guys, I'm sure there must be one in Ireland for you. I have found buckwheat quite easy to malt and roast etc. Plus, you learn a new skill. :) Tesco also have it in.

Holland and Barrett are also good for stuff like molasses and some other GF stuff too.

MrChalky 10-07-2012 11:46 AM

I've emailed a couple of the Irish shops to see if they'd get it in. I'll let you know if they do.

I'll look into using the buckwheat and brown rice syrup. I've never tried anything like that before, so it should be interesting

Ash_Mathew 10-07-2012 11:56 AM

Well, I did a brew of malted and roasted buckwheat, Demerara sugar and rice syrup yesterday. So I will let you know how that turns out in a week or so.

Golden syrup and treacle are also good to use. Treacle mostly for stouts and such for the colour. But I guess it would be good for potential bitters too?

MrChalky 10-07-2012 02:12 PM

Sounds interesting. Any chanch of the receipe?

Ash_Mathew 10-07-2012 07:20 PM

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Yeah man. Of course.

1kg of Buckwheat, malted and roasted.
250g roasted quinoa.
1kg Demerara sugar.
1kg rice syrup.
Hops of your choice.

Cracked malted grains with a rolling pin, also buzzed a few in the coffee grinder for 2/3 pulses. Boiled up the water, threw in the buckwheat for 2 hours with 300g of Demerara sugar. Threw in the quinoa after 1 hour 45 as I did them a slightly darker roast, mostly for colour. But they did smell quite good too. Removed all of the grains, and washed them with boiling water to remove any remaining sugars, then returned the water in to the pot. Boiled the hops for 40 minutes in the wort. Emptied the rice syrup into fermentation bucket, and poured in 3 litres of boiling water and stirred. After the hops have finished, poured into bucket through a sieve to catch any sugars that may be stuck to them. Topped up with cold water to 23litres. Poured in the rest of the brown sugar, added Belgian Ale yeast. It is currently going crazy. Haha I will let you know what happens.

If the images have loaded correctly, that is what colour I roasted the buckwheat. That is the boiling showing the colour of it. And that is the fermentation tub showing the 'High water mark' of how crazy it got. :)

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