What is it?
Since early 2015, all of our beers have been fermented with White Labs Clarity Ferm. Among other things, Clarity Ferm has the effect of reducing the gluten content of beers.
The official wording that the Federal Government agency that regulates beer allows us to use in conjunction with the product is:
Crafted to remove gluten. (1) The product was made from a grain that contains gluten. (2) There is currently no valid test to verify the gluten content of fermented products. (3) The finished product may contain gluten.
Since beginning using Clarity Ferm in our beers, we have had 5 batches tested for gluten content by an independent third party. Four of the five beers tested were fermented with Clarity Ferm, and they all tested below 10 ppm gluten. The fifth beer was fermented without Clarity Ferm and was sent as a control. It tested above 10 ppm, as expected.
We make no guarantees about the gluten content of our beers. As the federal warning states, there is some doubt as to whether the current tests for gluten in fermented products are accurate. Consume at your own risk.
We do not currently test every batch of beer for gluten content, because at our current size it is cost prohibitive. We are currently seeking a cost effective mechanism for testing every batch, and once we begin testing every batch we will post results on our web site, along with date codes.