Love Beer but Hate Gluten? December 04, 2014 23:00
Have a look at this stuff!
Aspergillus niger. Image courtesy of Wikipedia
Make your own gluten-free beer!
You don't have to seek out special "Gluten-Free" beer at specialty stores anymore! There's fungus among us!
White Labs, makers of some of our favorite brewing and winemaking yeast strains, produced Clarity Ferm, which contains a highly specific endo-protease derived from Aspergillus niger (that's it growing on the agar plate pictured above), to reduce chill haze in beer. But it also significantly reduces gluten in beers made from traditional barley and wheat. Previously, gluten-free beers were created with fermentables such as sorghum syrup.
From White Labs: "In addition to eliminating chill haze, Clarity Ferm significantly reduces the gluten content in beers made with barley and wheat. A Clarity-Ferm treated beer made from barley or wheat usually tests below 20 ppm of gluten, the current international standard for gluten free."
Read more at our store link here. One vial treats 5-6 gallons and is priced at $3.69.
If you really want to do your homework click here for a in-depth article on Aspergillus niger, the fungus used in Clarity Ferm.