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What’s the best substitute for BESTMALZ Special X?

We’ve had enquiries asking us, “what is a potential substitute for BESTMALZ Special X?”.

Here are a couple of options suggested by Weyermann®:

  1. Colour is the most important parameter, provided the brewer doesn’t want to change the ratio in his malt bill:  Weyermann® would recommend using 50% Weyermann® Special W® and 50% Caraaroma® to achieve exactly the same colour in the wort and final beer.
  2. The brewer wants the same colour and is willing to adjust his recipe: Weyermann® would recommend using only Weyermann® Special W®, but increasing the proportion in the malt bill as follows: 1% Special X should be replaced by 1.2% Weyermann® Special W®.
  3. The brewer wants the same colour and is willing to adjust his recipe, but he also wants a more neutral aroma and flavour than with Weyermann® Special W®: replace Special X with Caraaroma® as follows: 1.1% Special X with 1% Caraaroma®.

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Charles Faram has been established as merchants of hops and hop products for over 150 years. The company, which was originally based in  Worcester, now resides in the small hamlet of Newland, situated at the foot of the picturesque Malvern Hills.


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