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Offline MDL

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Best Malt Red X
« on: March 12, 2021, 11:00:48 AM »
Have a bag if this malt and haven’t a clue on what to brew with it. Any ideas?

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Re: Best Malt Red X
« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2021, 11:27:35 AM »
In my most recent issue of Brew Your Own there is a clone recipe for Stones Pataskala Red X IPA. Looks like a good IPA Malt.

Here's a link to a press release from Stone about this beer in 2016 for those interested.

https://www.brewbound.com/news/stone-releases-pataskala-red-x-ipa/
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Re: Best Malt Red X
« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2021, 01:19:16 PM »
+1 I think it would work well in an IPA.

I used it at 10 % and the color contribution was more subtle than I expected. It does taste like Munich malt to me. I would substitute Red X in any recipe that uses Munich I.
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Re: Best Malt Red X
« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2021, 02:01:02 PM »
It tastes very close to Munich Malt. It produces a vibrant red beer, but to get that color you need to use it as 100% of the malt at an OG of 1.050. That essentially would make a red Dunkel. Flavor wise, I really don't think it's a great choice for an IPA base malt. The malt flavor is pretty intense and clashes with the hops. It's definitely a cool novelty in its appearance, but a Red X IPA is not something I'd want to drink 5 gallons of.

I really wanted to like this grain when it first came out and I started experimenting with it, but after using it in a few batches it got relegated to my bin of misfit malts.

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Re: Best Malt Red X
« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2021, 02:21:17 PM »
I've used it before and liked it. It might make a good Irish Red as well.
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Re: Best Malt Red X
« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2021, 02:40:33 PM »
...bin of misfit malts.

Hey, I have one of those. An old cooler mash tun.


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Re: Best Malt Red X
« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2021, 03:19:25 PM »
Intense munich like malt with some dark fruit notes. I personally like it but not at 100%. I usually cut it with pilsner malt.
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Re: Best Malt Red X
« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2021, 04:30:09 PM »
I will be using it to make a beer to honor the recent Mars landing: Perseverance Martian Red Ale. Like the planet, it will be low-gravity, red and dry. I will be treating it more or less like an amber ale in terms of the hops and yeast. This will probably be a one-off unless it turns out to be really outstanding.
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Re: Best Malt Red X
« Reply #8 on: March 13, 2021, 02:11:24 AM »
I've brewed two beers that were 100% Red X malt before, and to me it has a tart cherry flavor.
 
If you want to get an idea of the color, there's a picture of one of the beers in reply #77 in the thread below.

https://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=18327.msg276375#msg276375
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Re: Best Malt Red X
« Reply #9 on: March 13, 2021, 09:03:39 PM »
How about figuring mash ph when using it?

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Re: Best Malt Red X
« Reply #10 on: March 14, 2021, 12:38:43 AM »
Based on my experience, it's more acidic than similarly colored Munich malts. 

My measured pH is usually within about .05 of what Bru'n Water predicts.  With Red X as 100% of the grist, pH was reading about 0.2 lower than the Bru'n Water projection. 
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