Gluten Free Maltsters and Distributors
Dedicated Gluten Free
|🇺🇸 🇨🇦||Gluten Free Home Brewing||Retailer||Oregon-based retail site for North American homebrewers. Distributes Eckert and Grouse malts, enzymes, in addition to other ingredients and supplies.|
|🇦🇺 🇳🇿||TwøBays Brewing Co.||Distributor, Brewery||Distributes Eckert and Grouse malts in Australia and New Zealand|
|🇦🇺||ALT-Malt Alternate Grain Maltings||Maltster||Australia-based small batch gluten free malts|
|🇬🇧||Alt Grain Co.||Maltster||Millet malt production and sales in the UK|
|🇪🇺||Nutrinco||Distributor||Imports and distributes Grouse malts throughout the EU for commercial brewers there. Contact Rob.Roffel AT nutrinco.nl for a price list and order form. Retail sales in EU through DionsGlutenFrei.|
|🇪🇺||Dions Gluten Frei||Retailer||Effective ~ May 1st, 2021, Dions will sell Grouse malts imported by Nutrinco in 5kg (~11 lb) bags. According to the website, shipping is available to Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Italy, and Spain (with varying shipping rates). See List of Commercial Gluten Free Malts for the millet and buckwheat malts that Dions Gluten Frei will carry.|
|🇺🇸||Grouse Malt House||Maltster||Colorado-based dedicated gluten free maltster. Malted millet, buckwheat, corn. Wholesale. Retail sales through distributors.|
|🇺🇸||Eckert Malting||Maltster||California-based dedicated gluten free maltster. Malted rice. Wholesale. Retail sales through distributors.|
|🇦🇷||Maltería Ovunque||Maltster||Argentina-based gluten free maltster. Malted millet, buckwheat, quinoa, corn, sorghum. Sells directly to homebrewers and breweries.|
|🇺🇸||Gluten Free Brew Supply||Retailer||Michigan-based online sales of gluten free malts from dedicated and non-dedicated malt houses (see considerations for non-dedicated maltsters below)|
See List of Commercial Gluten Free Malts for more details
Non Dedicated Maltsters and Suppliers
As existing and new malting operators look to enter the gluten free market, there are a number of things that those maltsters, their distributors, and brewers need to have in mind when evaluating the food safety for consumers with medical reasons to avoid gluten. Theoretically non-dedicated malt houses can safely avoid cross-contamination issues with a combination of proper cleaning protocols (for easier to clean stainless steel surfaces) and dedicated equipment / spaces where appropriate. Maltsters should have detailed standard operating procedures (SOPs) for mitigating risks of cross-contact with gluten containing grains, provide a good degree of transparency around these SOPs, and be willing to have their practices reviewed by external parties.
At present there are no shared facility malt houses that have been certified by a gluten free inspection body (e.g. GFCO) or gluten free brewing industry panel.
Key considerations for utilizing malts from non dedicated sources:
- GF grain sourcing (grower practices, harvesting and shipping) -- GF grains are frequently grown in rotation with non-GF crops
- Intake process and storage bins (are grains inspected for presence of gluten containing grains at receiving, are they stored in dedicated containers?)
- Conveyors and handling between tanks, floors, rooms
- Dust management (kiln ventilation can blow barley dust throughout the malthouse)
- Water (can sometimes be recycled between steeping vessels)
- Packaging equipment
- Deculmers and other equipment that is hard to clean can be sources of contamination
Skagit Valley Malting - Non-dedicated malt house, Washington (US)
- Began offering pale millet malt and buckwheat malt in 2020.
Haus Malts - - Non-dedicated malt house, Ohio (US)
- Malts oats, millet, sorghum, and corn.
Colorado Malting Company (CMC) - Non-dedicated malt house, Colorado (US)
- Malts red and white proso-millet, buckwheat, and sunflower seeds.
- Risks may be mitigated by having an "isolated" facility for the gluten free malts.
- Retail sales for CMC are handled by Boulder Fermentation Supply. There is a higher risk of cross contamination at this facility that repackages gluten free malts for homebrewers alongside their gluten-containing products, and Zero Tolerance members have found barley grains in their gluten free CMC grain orders in the past.
Sugar Creek Malt Co - Non-dedicated malt house, Indiana (US)
- Lists a small number of limited release malts including corn, rice, buckwheat, pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, and acorns. They are primarily maltsters of barley, wheat and rye, and make no claims around gluten free products or handling. The likelihood of cross contamination for the gluten free grains is high.
La Malterie des Volcans - Non-dedicated malt house, Saint-Germain-Lembron (France)
- Lists millet and buckwheat malts alongside gluten containing grains. No claims around gluten free products or handling. Without further information, assume that the likelihood of cross contamination for the millet and buckwheat grains is high.
Enzyme Manufacturers and Distributors
|🇺🇸 🇨🇦||Gluten Free Home Brewing||Retailer||Main retail site for North American homebrewers. Distributes products from Novozymes (Ceremix Flex and Ondea Pro) and Enzymes Innovation (SEBAmyl and Termamyl).|
|🇺🇸 🇨🇦, 🇪🇺||Novozymes - Brewing With Enzymes||Manufacturer and Retailer||Novozymes provides direct sales (and product education) to commercial breweries in North America and the EU. (Unfortunately no direct sales to homebrewers).|
|🇬🇧||ChemCentral||Distributor||Novozymes sales to UK commercial breweries via ChemCentral.|
|🇬🇧||Alt Grain Co.||Retailer (and maltster)||Retail sales for Ceremix Flex (Novozymes) and "Visco Buster" (aka Trizyme from Murphy & Son).|
|🇬🇧 🇪🇺||Kerry||Manufacturer||Makes Promalt, Hitempase and others. Commercial sales only.|
|🇬🇧||Murphy & Son||Manufacturer||Makes Trizyme. Commercial sales only.|
|🇦🇺 🇳🇿||BeerCo||Retailer||Novozymes distributor for Australia. Termamyl, Ondea Pro, Fungamyl and others (Ceremix Flex not registered yet in Australia). Current minimum order is 25 kg.|
|🇦🇺||Mates Rates Homebrew Supplies||Retailer||Sells Novozymes Ondea Pro, Fungamyl Brew-Q, and Termamyl enzymes via Queensland-based online store.|
|🌍||Novozymes||Manufacturer||For sales information in rest of world contact ASMU@novozymes.com. Current minimum order is 25 kg.|
|🌍||Still Spirits||Manufacturer||Manufactures high temp stable alpha amylase. Widely available in homebrewing stores worldwide. See web site for list of stockists.|
See List of Commercial Enzymes for more details.
Sorghum and Rice Syrup
Briess is the main manufacturer of gluten free sorghum syrup (aka sorghum extract) and rice syrup. These ingredients are relatively easy to find in local home brew supply stores (LHBS) in North America and Australia, but may require more effort to track down elsewhere. In the UK, Briess sorghum extract can be purchased via Hamstead Homebrew. Briess advises that their products are available through CMG (Country Malt Group) with international distribution partners in South and Central America, UK, Ireland, and Asia. If they don't currently carry those products, you can request to bring them in. See the CMG Locations and Sales Team page for contact information.
- American Homebrewers Association
- Homebrew Talk (Gluten Free Brewing)
- Gluten Free Home Brewing
- Zero Tolerance Home Brew Club
- We Got Sick Drinking Gluten Reduced Beers
- Beers Without Barley (UK)
- Birdleg Brew - Gluten Free Brewing in New Zealand
- Gluten Free Beer (Great Taste Less Diarrhea)
Blogs and Other Sites
- Otherwise Brewing Blog
Gluten Free Brewing
- Gluten-Free Brewing: Techniques, Processes, and Ingredients for Crafting Flavorful Beer
- Release date: September 26, 2022.
- Brewers Publications' first book on gluten free brewing. Written by Bob Keifer, Zero Tolerance member and co-owner of Divine Science Brewing.
- How To Brew, John Palmer
- A very good overview of beginning brewing knowledge and an excellent introduction to all grain. Does not cover gluten free brewing specifically.
- Brew Better Beer, Emma Christensen
- A section with some good extract gluten free recipes, good for beginners.
- Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches
- Has recipes and techniques for gluten free beers including using vegetables as a sugar source.
- Home-Brewed Gluten-Free Beer: Make More Than 75 Craft Beer Recipes, Sara McGrath
- Mixed reviews from Zero Tolerance members. This book is not the definitive guide to gluten free brewing but may be an OK introductory source for those who want to tread very lightly into GF brewing territory. Focus is recipes for sorghum syrup and sugar-based (maple syrup, brown sugar, honey) drinks, with a small number of basic recipes for incorporating unmalted gluten free grains (rice, buckwheat and quinoa).
At time of writing there are a limited number of recurring podcasts devoted to gluten-free brewing. There are, however, many podcast episodes featuring gluten-free homebrewers and commercial gluten-free breweries. Additionally there are more general brewing podcasts that cover topics of interest to gluten-free homebrewers.
Podcast episodes featuring gluten-free homebrewing
- Bob Keifer, Four Brewers Podcast (7-May-2018)
- Gluten Free Brewing with Robert Keifer, BeerSmith Podcast #171 (31-May-2018)
- Zero Tolerance Gluten Free Club, Basic Brewing Radio (23-Aug-2018)
- Gluten Free Beer Brian, Experimental Brewing #84 (19-Mar-2020)
- Gluten Free Homebrewing with Rusty Wilson - Homebrewing DIY #47 (23-Jul-2020) -- Rusty Wilson sells partial grain beer kits on Etsy
- Peter Corrin talks about gluten free brewing and the Zero Tolerance club on the Canadian Celiac Podcast (April 7, 2021)
Gluten Free Beer Podcasts
- Master Brewers Association of America - Technical topics
- Brulosophy - Home Brew Experiments
- The Brü Lab - The Brü Lab
- Episode 045: Brewing with Gluten-Free Base Grains with JP Bierly (Bierly Brewing)
- Episode 040: ExGM: A Novel Method For Mashing Gluten-Free Grains w/ Andrew Ledley
- Episode 014: The Celiac Response To Gluten In Beer with Dr. Laura Allred, Gluten Intolerance Group
- BeerSmith - Interviews on various home brew topics
- Basic Brewing Radio / Video - Interviews on various home brew topics
- Experimental Brewing - Drew Beechum and Denny Conn
- Brew Strong - John Palmer and Jamil Zainasheff on various home brew topics
- BeerSmith overview video for formulating gluten free beer recipes. Cale Baldwin with Ben Fowler.
- BeerSmith GF ingredients add-ins (provided by Matt Sourwine, Zero Tolerance Facebook group)
- BeerSmith GF mash profiles add-in
- Brewer's Friend - Online recipe builder (free and paid options)