Light Ale | Gluten Free | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Sorghum Extract

Light Ale | Gluten Free | 5 Gallon Beer Recipe Kit | Sorghum Extract

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  • Light and easy drinking with low bitterness
  • Our Gluten Free recipes use Sorghum extract for the base fermentables
  • Includes 100% Saaz hops
  • Estimated ABV: 5.1%
  • Estimated IBUs: 16
  • Makes 5 gallons of finished beer

This light ale recipe is the most basic gluten free kit we offer. An ideal first low gluten brew so you can get an idea of what malt flavors sorghum contributes to beer. This recipe is light and easy drinking.

Gluten-Free beers are a different world when it comes to finding a suitable replacement for the base extract. Celiacs are allergic to the hordein protein found in the base malts such as 2-Row and Pilsner malt. They are also allergic to the gliadin protein found in wheat which is the biggest offender of the two proteins. As a homebrewer your goal is to find a suitable fermentable that can emulate the maltiness in beer.

Our Gluten Free recipes use Sorghum extract for the base fermentables. Hops aggressively cut through the maltiness from sorghum easily. Hop additions in gluten free beers tend to be 40-50% less than normal. 

All our gluten-free kits include dry yeast due to the small traces of the gliadin protein found in liquid yeast. (Although lab research has found the yeast metabolize the gliadin protein after fermentation and significantly reduce the ppm present.)

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.045-50
  • SRM (Color Range): 4-5
  • IBUs: 16
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 5.1%


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Weight 6 LBS
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Gluten free beer for a celiac
Brianna R on Jan 18, 2023
Gift for a Celiac.
Jamarie H on Dec 16, 2022
Gluten free beer for a celiac
Brianna R on Jan 18, 2023
Gluten free beer for a celiac
Brianna R on Jan 18, 2023
Gift for a Celiac.
Jamarie H on Dec 16, 2022
Nathaniel E on Oct 20, 2022
To brew for a celiac friend
Jeremy A on Aug 1, 2022
Girl Friend is gluten free and liked the first one, this is a second order
Kevin on Jul 6, 2022
Gluten free
Kellie w on Apr 21, 2022
Prevent cancer making it non alcoholic
Obrien on Jan 24, 2022
I have celiac and make a lime pale ale in summer
John M on Nov 17, 2021
To be able to drink beer with my wife who has Celiac disease.
David M on Jul 6, 2021
neighbor can not have gluten
MARVIN R on Feb 19, 2021
Not a fan or honey or amber beers, and this ABV was just enough for me to purchase.
Nic S on Jan 8, 2021
Ideal base for fruit infusions
Aaron B on Jul 1, 2020
need gluten free
Bob Milligan on Jun 6, 2020
wife is gluten free
James S on Apr 10, 2020
most stars
Joe P on Jan 21, 2020
Interested in brewing a gluten free beer for the first time.
Ryan S on Jan 6, 2020
my husband has celiac disease
Maureen A on Dec 11, 2019
One of the Gas I like.
Rick T on Oct 2, 2019
Because I cannot have gluten. Please create more recipes, ideally ones with specialty malts from millet.
Josiah A on Apr 19, 2019
wife wants me to brew a gluten free beer
Robert W on Mar 1, 2019
Gluten free - good ratings
Mark M on Jul 2, 2018
gluten free for wife
kevin m on Jun 28, 2018
My best friend is on a gluten free diet
William Grissom on Feb 27, 2018
Gluten free beer for a celiac
Brianna R on Jan 18, 2023
Nathaniel E on Oct 20, 2022

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Rated 3 out of 5
Decent Gluten Free Light Beer, Dry Hopping is a Must!
I'm glad I took a previous reviewer's advice and bought plenty of hops to dry hop with (thanks Benjamin A), after doing so this was a nice fruity refreshing light beer. Otherwise this might taste more like a domestic light beer.

However, one small issue is the starting gravity. The product listing puts this in the Medium (5-7% ABV) category, but for a 5 gallon batch you can expect around 3-3.5% given the 6 lbs of extract they give you. This was also confirmed in Beersmith so that's on me for not checking first. If you want closer to the 5-7% you'll want to pick up an extra 3 or 6 lbs of Sorghum extract.
February 3, 2021
over 3 years ago
Rated 3 out of 5
Tastes great came out at 2% Alcohol
The beer tastes great mine just came out at a little over 2% alcohol.
October 18, 2018
over 6 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
not bad
This beer cleared up exceptionally well without any finings, so I was quite shocked to encounter a strong yeasty smell once kegged and carbed! The light body made for a refreshing taste if you can get past the odd smell and non-malt flavor. There was also effectively zero head retention. In the future when I make this beer I will use an ounce or two of aroma dry hops, as I expect that will mask the yeasty smell and also hop oils are foam positive and will aid head retention.
October 17, 2018
over 5 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Pretty decent beer.
This is a pretty decent beer. I didn't vary from the recipe at all and it turned out nice. I didn't buy this kit for anyone with celiac but my wife try's to really reduce her gluten intake because of other effects. We put this kit on tap and a few glasses after a hot day go down really well. The beer does have a bit of an odd taste, not a bad taste or off-putting, but just not a typical flavor you get from beer. I started squeezing a half a key lime in a glass and it is pretty close to a cerveza, and you don't notice the odd flavor so much. Light, crisp, and refreshing. This beer will be on tap in my home during the summer if not year around. It would make a good base to experiment with different adjuncts. I think a light dry hop will be my first variation.
July 18, 2016
Rated 4 out of 5
Just dry hop the bejeesus out of it
Brewed this for some friends who have a gluten sensitivity. Friends who had not had a beer in years were super excited to have it. Had sort of a weird aroma and an aftertaste at end of fermentation that I probably should have expected. Anyway, I dry hopped the finished product with a few ounces of summit, centennial and simcoe and damned if it wasn't a nice refreshing drink.
May 21, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5
PERFECT lite beer
wife has celiac. She loves this one!
April 14, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5
Not Bad
I have Celiac and this beer is pretty good I would put it up against some of the name brand beers in gluten free arena, I just wish there were an option to pick your own hops
October 8, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
Light and refreshing
My wife has celiac. She likes this one, but I can't really drink it. Like all sorghum beers, it has an strange after taste. Super simple extract recipe. My rating is based on wifes opinion since it's her beer.
May 2, 2014