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Old 04-10-2007, 10:45 AM   #1
Nov 2005
Dublin, ireland
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Hi all

I was wondering what the equivalent of Special Roast was over here in Europe. I want to do a couple of recipes that called for it. But it’s unavailable over here; I was wondering could it be amber malt?

Any information would be appreciated

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Old 04-10-2007, 10:52 AM   #2
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Hmm, I've heard of Special B, I wonder if that is the same thing as Special Roast. Special B is awesome, and I believe its from the UK.

FYI, I could be completely wrong, talking from my head not a book.

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Old 04-10-2007, 11:33 AM   #3
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I think it is closer to aromatic or biscuit malt than special B. However the color is a little darker at 50SRM. Maybe brown malt is a good substitute?
My suggestions are based on malt descriptions and not experience so that them with a grain of salt.

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Old 04-10-2007, 12:07 PM   #4
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Co-incidentally enough, Jamil Z spoke briefly to this exact question on this week's podcast.

His answer; Special Roast doesn't really have a substitute .

Now, my opinion, since SR is a character grain, if you can't directly replace it you should be able to find another character grain that will add a desirous element to the brew, even if it is not the exact same element that SR brings.
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Old 04-10-2007, 12:15 PM   #5
Nov 2005
Dublin, ireland
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Thanks you all for the advice
Primary:Dutch courage RIS, Barleywine, Smoked porter
Keg:Ushers stout 1883, Mild,Best Bitter,West Coast Bitter,Roggenbier, Obliviation


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Old 04-10-2007, 05:19 PM   #6
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like the-bird said, no real substitute

Personally I'd try replacing it with brown malt.

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