Start at the beginning: gluten

Since I talk alot about being gluten free and specifically about gluten free brewing, I thought it might be good to go back to the start and talk a little bit about what gluten is and why it's bad for those of us that react. As a disclaimer, I'm not a bio-chemist, gastroenterologists, dietician or, hell, even a scientist really. I'm just taking information I've gleaned over the past few years to share with you. Gluten is a protein composite that largely comes from wheat and the wheat family (genus triticum) of grass-related grains (like barley and rye).  It ... more ...

Ginger Beer

As part of my journey into gluten free brewing, I'm experimenting with other types of alcoholic beverages that can be made at home. The first of these adventures is a ginger beer...a traditional, malt free, Jamaican style ginger beer.  This is intended to be something of a Crabbies clone, but I'm sure it will end up quite unique.  My goal with this brew is to begin to catalogue a list of relatively fail safe homebrews that anyone can do with only the basic equipment.  I intend to keg this batch, but will also experiment with a bottled version.  Without ... more ...