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- 3 lbs malted buckwheat (recipe follows)
- 1 cup corn sugar
- 1 oz Saaz hops
- 2 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker hops
- 6 lb rice syrup ***
- 1 pkg. ale yeast (EDME)
- Put crushed malted buckwheat into strainer bag, add to 1½ gallons of water in brewpot.
- Keep buckwheat in brewpot, stirring, until water starts boiling.
- Remove buckwheat and add rice syrup, corn sugar and ½ ounce each of the Saaz and Hallertauer hops.
- Boil for 30 minutes and add ¼ ounce each of the Saaz and Hallertauer hops.
- Boil for 15 minutes and add another ¼ ounce of each type of hops.
- 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.
- Strain into your fermenter and pitch yeast when cooled.
- This "beer" will ferment for longer than most ales, for about 10 days.
- Add ¾ cup corn sugar for bottling, and let the beer age for at least 1 week before drinking.
- Luckily, this is a pretty simple process. First, obtain raw (that is, uncooked and untoasted) buckwheat from a health food store or co-op.
- Rinse about and let it sit for 30-48 hrs completely submerged in water, rinsing it off every 8 hours or so.
- The buckwheat will expand as it soaks up some of the water and also produce a sticky oily substance which should be rinsed off.
- 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.
- After 1 day you will see rootlets forming.
- 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 grain bodies.
- 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.
- Use a rolling pin or a glass jar to crush the buckwheat.