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Old 02-07-2013, 04:33 PM   #1
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Default Sorghum - Is it a must use in Gluten Free?

I had a question is sorghum a must use when brewing Gluten Free? My sister in law drinks GF beer but the sorghum taste really comes through is it a must use with GF brewing or can you use other products instead?


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Old 02-07-2013, 05:07 PM   #2
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You can use other products. Check out some of the recipes listed on here for examples of non-sorghum beers.


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Old 02-07-2013, 05:09 PM   #3
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Nothing is a "must" when brewing! You can use any fermentable you want. However, if you ditch the sorghum, you may need some yeast nutrient.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:34 PM   #4
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Thanks for the help and advice!! I appreciate it.
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Old 02-07-2013, 06:50 PM   #5
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Okay quick question would I add the yeast nutrients at the end of boil flameout or when pitching the yeast?
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Old 02-07-2013, 07:01 PM   #6
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I normally add it when throwing the yeast in. I have added it afterwards too due to forgetting. Didn't make a difference. Can't honestly see why it would need to be added at 'flame out'...
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If you are familiar with The Brewing Network, they did a reeeeeeally good show on GF beers a couple years ago. It definitely worth a listen.

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Old 02-07-2013, 07:30 PM   #8
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Perfect we are going to do a gluten free batch this weekend without he sorghum since the taste is strange. I appreciate all the advice. I'll check out that brew show on the website as well
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What are you using instead of Sorghum? If it is grain, what grain? Is it malted, or unmalted?
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Old 02-07-2013, 10:08 PM   #10
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I add my nutrient when I add my Irish moss. Doesn't seem to make a difference. Every ingredient has a taste to it. The trick is working within the framework of what each provides. I think sorghum has been given a bad name because it doesn't work as a replacement for barley, however it stills makes a great base for an IPA and other styles. If this is your first brew I might suggest making a sorghum based beer so you can discern what it actually tastes like. Don't assume that Redbridge is the best that sorghum has to offer.


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