Ganglia Mapping conflict

I have successfully setup Ganglia and logstash to feed into elasticsearch. The issue I am having is that Ganglia data has multiple types (string, float,etc) for the 'value' field in Kibana.
My assumption is that I should be able to use the 'type' field to somehow inform Kibana that for a particular entry the value type should be string or float. What is the proper way to resolve this issue?

Ideally you should do a convert in your LS config and map it to the lowest common denominator format, which will probably be a string.