Frequently Asked Questions
How does your Barely Barley Flour have barely any carbs?
During the initial stages of the making beer, barley, the primary grain used in beer production, undergoes “mashing”. Here is where the magic…science happens. Simply put, mashing takes all the starches out of the barley. These starches are removed from the barley and converted into sugars, which are ultimately fermented into alcohol later on in the beer making process. What’s left over from the “mashing” though, is a barley that has barely any active carbohydrates and a ton of protein and fiber, We simply take that resulting barley, and mill it into flour (we call it “Barely Barley” flour since it has barely any carbs)
Is there any alcohol in your products?
We get this question a lot, but definitely not!
The grains we source are picked up way early in the brewing process before any flavorings, hops, or fermentation takes place. So don’t worry about driving to work in the morning after eating a stack of our pancakes or a waffles.
Are your products gluten-free?
ALMOST! Along with the carbs that are removed during mashing, the vast majority of the gluten is removed from the barley as well (check out the question above: “How does your Barely Barley Flour have barley any carbs?” for more details). But until we source a truly gluten-free grain, all our products are reduced in gluten—though not gluten free.
Are your products available in stores near me?
They will hopefully be there soon! Check out our products map to find where they are available. If you want to see them at a store near you, print of THIS flier and give it to your local grocery store manager and we will make some magic happen.
Where are you giving to?
Right now, we are donating to a local organization in Boerne, TX—called Hill Country Daily Bread Ministries. They are an incredible group of people...check them out; and if you’re near San Antonio or Boerne, go sign up and volunteer...and tell them we sent you! We also donate to the San Antonio Food Bank. Another tremendous organization that would love your help, no doubt
Our goal is to one day partner with some international breweries and NGOs to help provide jobs and donation avenues to communities in dire need. But there is a lot of work to be done in our very own backyard here in the USA, so if you know of any local food kitchens or food services that are deserving of a premium flour donation, go to the Contact page and tell us about it!
Do you use any chemical in your flour making process?
Heck No. Our whole process entails baking the grain and milling it into flour the same day it is picked up. We know….it’s pretty cool.
Can I use Barely Barley Flour as a direct replacement for regular wheat flour?
Sometimes. Much like almond or coconut flour, Barely Barley Flour just bakes differently than typical flour in some applications because of the lower carbohydrate and gluten content. However, with a little ingenuity, you can create almost anything you can dream of….flour-related of course. I don’t think you can make a pumpkin or car with our flour. But if you can….WE DEFINITELY WANT TO KNOW ABOUT IT. In fact, we want to know about all the recipes you make featuring Barely Barley Flour. Just send us your recipe and you just might get featured on our recipe blog!
As we continue to grow our recipe blog, one of the simplest ways you can use Barely Barley Flour is as a supplement to regular flour. Just about any recipe that calls for flour can have 20-30% of the flour replaced with Barely Barley Flour with little difference in baking. The biggest difference is a more whole-grain flavor and a boost in fiber and protein….oh yea, and WAY fewer carbs.