Gluten-free Buckwheat Beer

Recipe Description

Some brands of rice extract contain gluten. Please read the label carefully before using.


  • 3 lbs malted buckwheat (recipe follows)
  • 1 cup corn sugar
  • 1 oz Saaz hops
  • 2 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker hops
  • 6 lb brown rice syrup|rice syrup ***
  • 1 pkg. ale yeast (EDME)


  1. Put crushed malted buckwheat into strainer bag, add to 1½ gallons of water in brewpot.
  2. Keep buckwheat in brewpot, stirring, until water starts boiling.
  3. Remove buckwheat and add brown rice syrup|rice syrup, corn granulated sugar|sugar and ½ ounce each of the Saaz and Hallertauer hops.
  4. Boil for 30 minutes and add ¼ ounce each of the Saaz and Hallertauer hops.
  5. Boil for 15 minutes and add another ¼ ounce of each type of hops.
  6. Boil for another 15 minutes to make a total boiling time of 1 hour, then let the remaining 1 ounce Hallertauer hops steep in the wort for 2 minutes.
  7. Strain into your fermenter and pitch yeast when cooled.
  8. This "beer" will ferment for longer than most ales, for about 10 days.
  9. Add ¾ cup corn granulated sugar|sugar for bottling, and let the beer age for at least 1 week before drinking.
  10. ==
  11. Luckily, this is a pretty simple process. First, obtain raw (that is, uncooked and untoasted) buckwheat from a health food store or co-op.
  12. Rinse about and let it sit for 30-48 hrs completely submerged in water, rinsing it off every 8 hours or so.
  13. The buckwheat will expand as it soaks up some of the water and also produce a sticky oily substance which should be rinsed off.
  14. Now put the buckwheat into a strainer or fine-mesh colander and let it sit in the open air in a cool dark place, rinsing off every 8 hours to prevent mold.
  15. After 1 day you will see rootlets forming.
  16. Let the buckwheat sit in the open air for about 2 days, or until some of the rootlets are about twice as long as the cereals|grain bodies.
  17. Spread the buckwheat out in a thin layer on several cookie sheets and bake in a 200-250 degree oven until the buckwheat becomes hard and crunchy (and tastes remarkably like grape-nuts) at this point you may increase the temperature and make dark-roasted buckwheat, for darker-colored beers.
  18. Use a rolling pin or a glass jar to crush the buckwheat.
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