I say "we." We're just piggybacking off of a lot of talk going around the homebrew community right now about Clarity-Ferm, a clarifier made by White Labs that apparently functions by breaking down the gluten in beer. Reportedly, this has had a side effect of knocking gluten levels low enough that they aren't a concern to most gluten-sensitive folks.
|Naturally, I was curious.|
Today, we bottled and tested.
|And it was a boy! I mean, this means no gluten.|
So what does this mean? Well, much like everyone else who I've seen write about this so far, I can only report my results. This is in no way a blanket endorsement of using this enzyme this way.
In this case and assuming we did everything right, it seems this beer will be safe for Mrs. Wife to imbibe -- her first in a year and a half! Clarity-Ferm's not formally marketed for this purpose, and there still seems to be a lot of debate over whether it just masks gluten -- still contributing to long-term health problems -- or truly makes a beverage safe to drink.
In the short term, at least, it seems people are having success with it. Mrs. Wife's a good sport and is game to try a bottle once it's ready (she had a few sips today, so we'll see how that goes). I'll be sure to post what happens.
And, we got to commit science!
|The test kit!|
|Mrs. Wife figuring out how the heck all that works.|
|Mrs. Wife putting her new knowledge to work.|
|There was a lot of shaking for some reason. We tried to make it exciting.|
|Vials and things! That means this was serious.|
|Loading up the test strip.|
|Enjoying the results!|