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Old 05-15-2012, 01:48 PM   #171
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Also any idea how many gravity points the 6 cups of watermelon juice would add? (5 gallon batch)

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Old 05-15-2012, 08:08 PM   #172
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once you have but it into the second ferm, how long have you guys noticed it taking? this is my first time with fresh fruit so I dont want the fruit to get all nasty in the ferm.
It won't get nasty. Let 'er go until the secondary fermentation is done.

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I'm planning or racking this onto to watermelon this week. How long are you guys doing primary and secondary? Also is anyone cold crashing this after the secondary?
Week for primary, two for secondary? Use your hydrometer - only way to tell if your primary and secondary are finished. Cold crashing after secondary is a GREAT idea.

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Also any idea how many gravity points the 6 cups of watermelon juice would add? (5 gallon batch)
That I have not figured out... I use fruit a lot, so I would love to know how to calculate that!
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Old 05-15-2012, 09:42 PM   #173
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That I have not figured out... I use fruit a lot, so I would love to know how to calculate that![/QUOTE]

I'm no biologist or mathematician like some here but, is there anyway I can take a gravity reading at the end of the primary. Then take one after you rack to the secondary, you should have a jump in gravity right? Do a normal abv calculation and then add those numbers?

Ps thanks for the quick reply.

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Old 05-23-2012, 05:10 PM   #174
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Just bought the ingredients for Watermelon Wheat v.5!

Wanted to add Cara-Pils for better head retention and a touch more body. Also the wheat is over 50% now, so it's a true wheat beer. Other than that, I was happy with the rest of what I was doing.

I'll brew this up on Friday morning.

4 lbs. German 2-row Pils
6 lbs. German Wheat Malt Light
0.5 lbs Cara-Pils® Malt; Briess
0.5 oz. Willamette (Whole Leaf, 5.70 %AA) boiled 60 min.
8 cups Watermelon Juice (fresh squeezed, not pasteurized, added to 2ndary)
~1 oz. William's Watermelon Extract to taste @ kegging. EDITED on 6/29/12: changed from 6 to 8 cups)
1 vial. White Labs WLP320 American Hefeweizen Ale

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Old 05-23-2012, 08:50 PM   #175
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Brewed version one (never used hunny) a week and a half ago. Tasted the sample yesterday, I think this is going to be a nice 6% summer beer. Thanks!!

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Old 05-26-2012, 11:55 PM   #176
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I want this to be red. WHat is the best route for adding the color?

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Old 05-27-2012, 10:07 AM   #177
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Kegged it up yesterday.. I used 5.5 lbs of watermelon in 6 gal for 12 days. Good flavor not too watermelony

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Old 05-29-2012, 12:33 PM   #178
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Kegged mine on Sunday, can't wait for it to carb up.

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Old 05-30-2012, 02:12 PM   #179
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First fruit beer for me(3rd ever). Would it be a bad idea to add the watermelon juice to the primary after the initial week of fermentation? I'm not really setup for secondary fermentations (I do extended primaries on the advice of this forum).

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First fruit beer for me(3rd ever). Would it be a bad idea to add the watermelon juice to the primary after the initial week of fermentation? I'm not really setup for secondary fermentations (I do extended primaries on the advice of this forum).
I am debating doing this myself, this time, just out of laziness. I have done it before with other fruits, no problems.
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