What is it?
Red X gives a fuller body, improves malt aroma, and adds a deep saturated red colour to the final beer appearance. Flavour contributions are bready and similar to Munich Malt. This is an excellent malt base for any beer you want to be red in colour. It can be used for up to 100% of the grain bill as no other malt is required and is effective for both all-grain and partial mash brewing. Red X gives exceptional reliability and is easy to use Red X can be used to brew fiery beers with intense reddish hues. It is a good malt to experiment with, particularly if you like beers with a malty flavour. For best colour results we suggest keeping the gravity to 1.050 and using it as the only malt in the grain bill.
- Irish Red Ale
- Red Lager
- Welsh Red Ale
- Scottish Ale
- Bock Beer
- Red Wheat Beer
- Brown Ale
BEST Red X malt is produced using a special malting procedure exclusively from two-rowed spring malting barley from recognized and thoroughly tested barley varieties. It has become synonymous with red-tinted beers. It is a base malt and can be used at 100% of the grain bill, with no need to add any other malt. Thanks to its exceptional process reliability and optimal processability, BEST Red X can be employed to brew consistently ﬁery beers with intense reddish hues. To retain the red colour in stronger beers, some Pilsen Malt should be added to the grain bill to complement the higher wort gravity. BEST Red X malt complies with the purity guidelines of the German Reinheitsgebot.
Red X is a selection of many malts together in a blend which gives excellent bright red beers which can be visually stunning. When all-grain brewing to get a good, fermentable wort (and avoiding under-attenuation) which has a bright red character, avoid a single step infusion mash if possible. For best results, mash in at 53 C and hold for 30 Minutes, Step to 65C and hold for 30 minutes, then step to 72C for 15 minutes to mash-out. Finally sparge with hot water at 78C.
What are the scales used?
"Degrees Lovibond" or "°L" scale is a measure of the colour of beer. The determination of the degrees Lovibond takes place by comparing the colour of the substance to a series of amber to brown glass slides. The scale was devised by Joseph Williams Lovibond. The Standard Reference Method (SRM) and European Brewery Convention (EBC) methods have largely replaced it, with the SRM giving results approximately equal to the °L.
The Standard Reference Method or SRM is a system modern brewers use to measure the colour intensity of a beer or wort. The EBC convention also measures beer and wort colour, as well as quantifying turbidity (also known as haze) in beer. EBC (European Brewing Convention) is used to indicate colour in malts (and beers). The lower the EBC is, the lighter is the malt (thus kilned for a shorter time). EBC and SRM/°L scales and conversions are available online and usually provide colour swatches to indicate the colour depth that you are likely to achieve from specific malts. Most craft brewers measure the colour of the grain using EBC (European Brewing Convention). The higher the EBC the darker the malt. Other countries may prefer Lovibond (L) or the Standard Reference Method (SRM). There are currently two colour scales in common use: SRM in the US, and EBC in Europe. The SRM (Standard Research Method) scale is based on an older degrees Lovibond scale and for all practical purposes, SRM and degree Lovibond are identical. So to convert SRM to EBC simply multiply by 2. e.g. 4 SRM = 8 EBC. The formula for converting Lovibond to EBC is EBC=(2*Lovibond)-1.2
Why Use Dark Rock Malts and Hops?
The Dark Rock Brewing team are passionate about producing the best quality beers. Their mission is to help you to "Master your Craft" and brew the best craft beers possible. There is no reason why home-produced ales cannot be just as good as commercial equivalents. The key to success is having a wide selection of the best quality and freshest ingredients possible. Dark Rock ingredients are not just great value, they are of the highest quality and always supplied fresh. The team strive to source the best malts, and constantly innovate and experiment with new styles and products. Dark Rock also markets top-quality all-grain and partial--mash kits which receive fabulous reviews. They are experienced commercial brewers and supply craft micro-breweries and nano-breweries with equipment and ingredients. They also provide training and business development consultancy to scale-up breweries. This experience is channelled into equipping the home craft brewer with the "tools to compete". Use Dark Rock products and you can't go wrong.