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Hey GF Brewers,
I'm a new member of the group and wanted to say hello. I'm a virgin homebrewer and about to dive headfirst into the world of GF brewing. As a Celiac, GF beer is the only kind I drink (or will brew...). Against my better judgment, I plan on bypassing extract brewing and attempting to go straight to all grain brewing with malted GF grains. I've been voraciously reading the posts here, as well as on the main forum, trying to get caught up to speed.
It looks like when it comes to brewing with malted GF grains, it's a DIY deal? Looks like most folks are starting with raw grain (recommended sources?) and malting them on your own... Feeling a bit overwhelmed, but excited to start!
And I must say, I've been very inspired to see the variety of GF beers you all are brewing. Really fantastic stuff. Hope I can eventually contribute positively to this group as well...
Welcome to the group.
I don't know for sure if anyone has done an AG gluten free beer yet, but I could be mistaken. It is a DIY process as you have to malt the raw grain yourself. There should be a link some where in the Gluten Free forum where I got my sorghum and probably where others have purchased their grains.
Malting is an easy process but you have to be attentive and more often than not, it is hard to get 100% modification in
the grain that you are malting. That said, your best bet would be a decoction to get the most out of your home malted grains.
My advice, use sorghum syrup or brown rice syrup for your first few batches. You can add malted/unmalted GF grains roasted to get some color and use them as your steeping grains. THEN go from there once you have a better understanding of how this all works.
Best of luck! :tank: Once this tax season is over I plan to get back to malting and trying an all grain.
Thanks for the welcome, Casanova. And for your recommendations! If I go the route of starting with extracts, but adding some malted/unmalted roasted GF grains, do you think it will matter much if I go the Brew In A Bag route versus using a MLT? BIAB seems infinitely simpler, and much kinder to a newbie like me...
That's how I steep my grains. Once I get some more GF grains malted, I'll actually mash them- so far my reserach looks like I need to crush them almost to a flour...
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