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Old 11-14-2011, 08:49 AM   #1
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Default GF brown ale and IBA first attempt

So I have been brewing extract and partial mash beers for about 2yrs now and I have recently been told by my doctor that I have a Gluten Intolerance. Much to my dismay I have given up gluten all together. This is my first attempt at brewing a gluten free brew. Both versions are currently fermenting. Let me know what you think! Also can anyone fill me in on the use of amylase, I'm not sure I know when or when not to use is.

Recipe Type: Extract
Yeast: S-33
Yeast Starter: N/A
Additional Yeast or Yeast Starter: N/A
Batch Size (Gallons): 3
Original Gravity: 1.081
Final Gravity: 1.015
IBU: 29
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 days @ 70
Additional Fermentation: N/A
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 7 days @ 70.

0.5 lbs dark roasted buckwheat
0.5 lbs Roasted millet
0.25lbs roasted gluten free oats
0.75 lb dark belgian candi sugar
1.75lbs Sorghum extract
0.5lbs Brown sugar
0.75lbs Molasses
2 lbs Brown Rice Syrup
0.25 lbs Malto Dextrin
1 oz Fuggles @60 min (5%AA)
.5 oz Goldings (kent) @ 20 min (5%AA)
4oz cocoa powder @ 15 min
S-33 Yeast

Same as above but change hop schedule to
1 oz Warrior @60 min (16%AA)
.5 oz Super Alpha @ 45 min (15%AA)
.5 oz Cascade @ 30mins (6% AA)
.5 oz Cascade @ 15mins (6% AA)
1.5oz amarillo @10mins (8% AA)
.5oz goldings (kent) @5mins (5% AA)
.5 oz Super Alpha @ dry hop 14days (15%AA)
.5oz amarillo @ dry hop 14days (8% AA)

OG was the same for both 1.081 Bottling on the 21st.

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Old 11-14-2011, 09:38 PM   #2
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I'd say too many simple sugars for the brown (low body) and I would never use so much molasses in a beer (again). The IBP will probably be better for the same reason, the simple sugars will dry out the sorghum.

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Old 12-11-2011, 07:42 AM   #3
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Ok so when I first tried the brown ale it was way too sweet and the head retention was awful. Now after about 3 and 1/2 weeks of being bottle conditioned its fantastic. The head retention is still not quite what I wanted but the flavor is spot on for a brown ale. I think I may tweak the sugars next time and use more brown rice syrup instead of the simple sugars but overall a great brew for my first go at it. As for the Hopped up version I think it still needs more time. I used the same hop addition schedule that I used in my non gluten free black IPA but the bitterness in this beer is so overpowering. I am going to let it sit for a while and see how it turns out.
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