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Old 01-17-2013, 03:08 AM   #11
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There's definitely bean and barley soup, so why not beer?

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Old 01-17-2013, 12:00 PM   #12
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Hmm.. Bean and Barley Beer..

Once I get my All-grain legs under me I think that will be the beer I try.

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I think you would need to cook them first, like with cereal adjuncts. The only thing I would worry about is the fat content affecting the head retention.
Fat is a very small portion of Lentils..

Not being a grain expert by ANY MEANS.. here is the simplest of breakdowns

Lentils - Carb 70% / Protein 27% / Fat 3%
Yellow Corn - Carb 83% / Protein 7% / Fat 11%
Barley - Carb 82% / Protein 13% / Fat 5%
Wheat - Carb 80% / Protein 14% / Fats 6%

If anything Lentils have less fat than grains, but a bit more protein..

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Lentil - 2% of weight in sugars - Sucrose (75%), Fructose (25%), Maltose (25%)

Barley - .08% of weight in sugar - (No breakdown given - I would assume heavy in Maltose )


So.... hate to sound like the noob I am.. whats that mean in beer production terms ?
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Old 01-17-2013, 12:58 PM   #13
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I would think that in the history of humankind, if lentils made good beer, there would be lentil beer

that shouldn't stop you from trying, though.

good luck!

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Old 01-17-2013, 02:47 PM   #14
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Thats a VERY good point..

At minimum even if it wasn't good.. it would be a local tradition somewhere..

Kind of like the chewed up and spit out corn brew.

Humans will drink about anything with alcohol in it.. and do it long enough it becomes a local traditional drink..

That said.. might try anyway.. won't cost much to try.

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Old 01-17-2013, 11:19 PM   #15
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Well, now you have to try it. I am curious. I still don't want to taste it though. Let us know how it turns out. If people didn't act on their weird ideas we wouldn't have beer at all.

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True..

I did find 3 articles referencing turning beans into alcohol but they only mentioned it, didn't say how to do it.

Another blog I found specifically mentioned Lentil beer.. stops after he sprouts the lentils.. and he never finished the blog..

Also just found a OLD BB posting from 1998 where someone mentioned it and again no reply.

I AM GOING to HAVE TO TRY this.. just to see if it can be done or not. And to document its triumph or failure.

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Definitely post results, regardless. Someone's gotta do it.

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I think the challenge will be in the mashing... barley comes up as only 0.08% sugar because it's mostly starch until you mash it.

Your guess is as good as mine as to whether the lentils have enzymes to convert their starches into simple sugars, whether the amylase from the barley will convert the starch in the lentils, whether the lentils have amylase inhibitors like kidney beans which will mess up your ability to convert either the lentils or the barley....

Heck, worst case, you've got beany starchy beer; let us know how it tastes!

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With more protein and less sugar, it might be like adding oats, giving you body and head retention. You might use beano as an enzyme to break up the oligosaccharides... On second thought, just don't.

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