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Lobethal Bohemian Philsner Gluten Test

Another test provide by Adam and great story to read. Please scroll down to the read the whole story.

Beer: Bohemian Philsner
Producer: Lobethal Bierhaus
Originating country: Australia
Brewing location: Australia
Bottle size: 330 ml
Alcohol by volume: 4.8%
Ingredients: malt, yeast, hops & water

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Test Kit: GlutenTox Home Kit

Adam tested with a threshold of 20 ppm. The limit of detection depends on the number of drops taken from the extraction solution, please find some more information here.

Lobethal Bohemian Philsner Gluten Test

Test result: There is no indication of the presence of gluten above 20 ppm. According to the instructions there should appear a clearly visible red test line on the right of the test area ( T ) to indicate the presence of gluten. The blue line on the left test area ( C ) is a control line and indicates that the extract/sample is suitable, the test has been performed correctly and all reagents are active. Even though this test is negative please note it is not a medical advice – see my facts page.

And here the story from Adam about his new favourite place:

I had been in phone contact with a brewer/owner (Alistair Turnbull) in the Adelaide Hills at Lobethal Bierhaus – https://www.bierhaus.com.au/

He had been very interested in what I had said about low gluten beers and the GlutenTox Home Kit. He also was telling me about a gluten free beer he had been working on with help from the University Of Adelaide, made from sorghum and lentils.

We organised to meet at his brewery/pub/restaurant in Lobethal on Saturday morning.

He had me try the gluten free beer (just a little he had poured from the fermenter, so obviously not carbonated). It was quite good. I hadn’t had a gluten free beer for a long time, so it was easy to tell it wasn’t made from barley.

Anyway we had both decided on testing his czech pilsner called Bohemian Philsner (yes with a “h”) – https://www.bierhaus.com.au/beer-philsner.html – because it seemed the best chance to pass.

Alistair had said that the beer isn’t filtered very much, so we thought that it may not pass the gluten test.

So Alistair opened a bottle and his wife found a small saucer to pour some in so I could extract the little spoon’s worth for the test.

I then did the test as normal (very pedantically), although I was very nervous (and excited) performing it in front of an audience (albeit just Alistair, and occasionally his wife). Alistair was very interested in the process.

Then the final ten minute wait was upon us (long drum roll please). We chatted, occasionally checking the test strip, when before you know it, the ten minutes were up, and the test strip read…

NO RED LINE whatsoever. Bloody awesome!

After chatting with Alistair (whilst drinking the beer (unusually early in the day for me to drink alcohol)) we come to a conclusion that the time spent in the fermenter is perhaps what reduces the gluten. His pilsner ferments for six to eight weeks, whereas his ales ferment in a much much shorter time (I can’t remember, maybe a week or so?). Very interesting theory.

The beer was delicious. He even poured a small sample of another version of the pilsner (Citra Hopped Pilsner), added with lots of hops at the end. It smelt absolutely amazing, but I had to apologise and say that I wanted only the one bottle of the original pilsner in my system just to confirm my stomach would be okay. He understood.

He even gave me a free six-pack of Bohemian Philsner and one bottle of Citra Hopped Pilsner to take home. What a nice fellow!

He then gave me tour of his brewery (see my crappy photos).

Alistair wants to buy some test kits himself to test his other beers. So I will be giving him the Australian contact details. And he will contact me when his gluten free beer is ready so I can go and taste it.

Seriously great day yesterday.


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  1. Avatar photo

    Thanks for the test and fantastic story, Adam!

  2. Adam from Adelaide, Australia

    No worries Steffen.
    Hopefully there are some other South Australian coeliacs who can now enjoy Lobethal Bierhaus’ Pilsners. They’re delicious!

    • Andrew

      I hope I can find this in qld!!

      • Adam from Adelaide, Australia

        Sorry Andrew. The brewer has said he doesn’t have his beers delivered interstate anymore because he had previously had problems with his beer not being kept cold.

  3. gisela

    Thank youuuu. I had to redo that texting panel a few times, but I liked this angle best ?

  4. Lester

    The beer sounds great, I will have to get down to SA and try some.

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