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BJCP white IPA
« on: January 04, 2017, 03:33:02 PM »
Stupid question: BJCP says to use wheat malt to brew a white IPA. Is that an error - as witbier is normally brewed with unmalted wheat...
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Re: BJCP white IPA
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2017, 03:38:35 PM »
I am sure you could probably use either or both. I think of White IPA and Wheat IPA as interchangeable. I have had examples with Belgian yeast and examples that are like a regular IPAs with a clean yeast character but with a good portion of wheat malt.

The guidelines do list a comparison to Witbier but I have had NB Accumulation which is listed in the examples and is more like a standard IPA while Chainbreaker is more like a Wit.
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Re: BJCP white IPA
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2017, 04:45:18 PM »
All the white IPAs I've seen from commercial brewers use malted wheat and I imagine that is out of convenience of not having to do a cereal mash. White IPA ranges from a pretty loose corruption rendition of witbier with some spices and a fair amount of wheat to a typical AIPA with a little wheat.
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Re: BJCP white IPA
« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2017, 05:59:27 PM »
Stupid question: BJCP says to use wheat malt to brew a white IPA. Is that an error - as witbier is normally brewed with unmalted wheat...

It doesn't matter.  The judges can't taste the difference.
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Re: BJCP white IPA
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2017, 06:14:38 PM »
Are you referring to a witbier as well?
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Re: BJCP white IPA
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2017, 06:28:57 PM »
Are you referring to a witbier as well?

I wouldn't dare consider myself an expert on witbiers, Mr. Guy Who Lives in Belgium.  ;)  I should clarify my statements by saying:

A) I don't trust an average judge's ability to be able to differentiate ingredients under just about any circumstances;

B) I seriously doubt that even a National or Master level judge could taste a difference in malted vs. unmalted wheat when covered up in an IPA under a buttload of hops; and

C) I think in a low hopped witbier, a good judge might be able to taste a difference in malted vs. unmalted, but am uncertain.

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Re: BJCP white IPA
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2017, 06:37:43 PM »
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