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Old 03-14-2008, 01:32 AM   #11
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You make the watermelon juice by crushing/straining watermelon, or do you buy a more concentrated version somewhere?

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Old 03-18-2008, 04:12 PM   #12
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Picked up a honey wheat extract kit over the weekend along with a bottle of Juicy Juice Watermellon juice. Plan on brewing the honey wheat then adding 2 cups of watermellon into the secondary.

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Old 03-18-2008, 04:22 PM   #13
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You make the watermelon juice by crushing/straining watermelon, or do you buy a more concentrated version somewhere?
I used a watermelon and squeezed the juice out of it by hand. I'm sure there are better ways, but it works. I used 3 cups in 5 gallons - just a little more than Dude suggested. I used less than 1/2 of a fairly small mellon to get that amount.
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Old 03-18-2008, 04:54 PM   #14
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Would you want to heat up the juice before adding it to your secondary or would it be fine just throwing it in out of the box or freshly squeezed?

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Old 03-18-2008, 05:21 PM   #15
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Would you want to heat up the juice before adding it to your secondary or would it be fine just throwing it in out of the box or freshly squeezed?
I don't think heating would be a good idea...it would cook off the mellon flavor pretty quick.
This is now OFFICIALLY on my list to brew.
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Old 03-18-2008, 05:28 PM   #16
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Since you are talking about a small amount of juice, I would crush a capdem tablet and toss in about 1/8 - 1/4 of it into the juice. Let it sit for ~24 hours (could be less since this should be added at the end of fermentation anyway) and toss it in.

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Old 03-18-2008, 06:19 PM   #17
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this is definitely on my list too. I was trying to figure out what I wanted to brew next anyway and now we have a winner.

I only asked about the heating because I didn't want to take the chance of contaminating my brew. Is that what the capdem tablet is for?

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Old 03-18-2008, 06:21 PM   #18
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I honestly don't think anything is necessary other than putting the juice into the secondary.

Keep it simple.

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Yes. it is a standard item for wine makers that kills of anything in the fruit juices.

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There is plenty of alcohol in there by the time you add the juice. There is nothing on the inside of a watermelon that's going to be able to infect your beer by the time you add it to the mix.

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