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Title: Gambrinus Pale Malt?
Post by: roguejim on April 08, 2010, 07:23:55 PM
I ordered a sack of GW 2-row from the LHBS.  They ordered the Gambrinus by mistake.  I haven't paid for it, yet, until I find out about it.  I've never used it.  Any feedback?  How does it compare to GW?
Title: Re: Gambrinus Pale Malt?
Post by: denny on April 08, 2010, 07:36:01 PM
I know a lot of people who like Gambrinus, but I'm not one of them.  I ended up with 2 sacks on a group grain buy and I got terrible efficiency and a not so great flavor from them.  One bag was almost all husk!  This may have been an anomaly, so let's see what other people say.
Title: Re: Gambrinus Pale Malt?
Post by: BrewArk on April 08, 2010, 07:48:30 PM
I believe that Gambrinus packs 25kg bags rather than 50lbs.  That's about 10% more, so check the price that your being charged.  If you're paying the same/bag, you can throw an extra half pound into the grist to raise the gravity.

I bought a sack of their Pilsner malt & made a pretty good lager from that.  I've not tried Gambrinus 2-row (or GW pilsner) so I don't have a direct comparison.
Title: Re: Gambrinus Pale Malt?
Post by: chumley on April 08, 2010, 08:43:11 PM
I've never used Gambrinus regular Pale malt.....but I have bought sacks of their ESB, Munich, Vienna, and wheat malts in the past, and thought they were excellent. 

I haven't used any for about 4 years now, though...I used to buy Gambrinus from Larry's in Seattle, and it been 5 years since I last drove to Seattle.
Title: Re: Gambrinus Pale Malt?
Post by: skyler on April 09, 2010, 12:10:09 AM
One of my favorite PNW breweries, Double Mountain in Hood River, OR; uses Gambrinus Pils as their base malt in nearly everything they brew. I find it to be a nice alternative to European Pils malt, since I try to keep things local as much as possible when it isn't too much of a hassle. I'm guessing you have gambrinus pale, not pils, which is, IMHO, fairly similar to Briess Pale, though I rarely use it since GW 2-row is much cheaper for me.
Title: Re: Gambrinus Pale Malt?
Post by: slimsparty on April 20, 2010, 09:51:24 PM
15-20 of us did Saisons for a possible upstart brewery.  We tasted 6 before and all had different yeast.

Condensed Opinion-Unless you are 100% locked on Dupont, then use 3711.

I did half my batch on 3711 and half on wlp550.  I no issues with stuck ferm.  I put a kg of jaggery in the end of the boil.  Had no trouble dropping from 1.060 to .0006 -dry.

My only "Do over" would be to not use any pellets as the 2nd carboy had some extra hopiness because i had a tough time with my pickup.

****SORRY, I started on the siason thread and would up here
Title: Re: Gambrinus Pale Malt?
Post by: santoch on May 04, 2010, 03:39:30 AM
I really like the Gambrinus ESB malt.  Never had any efficiency problems, hull problems, and the flavor's very good -- biscuity.