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Great Western or Gambrinus for IPA's?
« on: April 27, 2011, 02:54:22 PM »
I got a chance to try Great Western or Gambrinus for the first time and am wondering what other brewers likes and dislikes of either one for IPA's.  Would GW 2 row or pale malt be best for a IPA?  How's Gambrinus Pale for IPA's?
I'm going to get a sack so I want to be sure I make the right decision.  All opinions/comments appreciated!

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Re: Great Western or Gambrinus for IPA's?
« Reply #1 on: April 27, 2011, 02:57:16 PM »
I got a chance to try Great Western or Gambrinus for the first time and am wondering what other brewers likes and dislikes of either one for IPA's.  Would GW 2 row or pale malt be best for a IPA?  How's Gambrinus Pale for IPA's?
I'm going to get a sack so I want to be sure I make the right decision.  All opinions/comments appreciated!

GW 2 row pale malt is a great malt, IMO.  I consider it and Rahr to be the 2 best domestic pale malts I've tried.  I bought 3 bags of Gambrinus a couple years back and was very disappointed by the flavor and the poor efficiency I got.  2 of the 3 bags seemed to be mostly husk.  I have to assume that's not normal for Gambrinus, but it put me off trying it again.
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Re: Great Western or Gambrinus for IPA's?
« Reply #2 on: April 27, 2011, 09:45:22 PM »
I have gotten gambrinus that last couple of times I brewed and it seems fine. I don't have enough experience with other grains to compare but I did get about 83% efficiency (total) on a partygyle batch of barley wine/small beer with the gambrinus pale.
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