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Old 11-25-2012, 02:59 PM   #231
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Just got my copy in the mail yesterday. Again, congrats. A great beer!

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Old 02-21-2013, 05:56 PM   #232
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Sorry to bump this old thread but after reading through each yesterday I immediately ran to my LHBS and grabbed the ingredients.
Can not wait to try it. Thanks for the thread!

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Old 02-22-2013, 05:00 PM   #233
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I just bought ingredients last night as well to give it a go. Only difference is ill be using Munich wheat beer yeast.

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Old 03-07-2013, 01:18 AM   #234
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OK, I've read through over 200 posts and haven't seen this suggested or discussed:

Have any of you keggers tried cold crashing the fruit-free wheat beer, racking the cold beer to the keg and then adding the juice directly to the keg? The cold temperature will pretty much prevent any secondary fermentation of the fruit. I understand that this is a fine beer, secondary fermentation be damned, but I used this cold keg technique with a strawberry wheat beer last year and it was amazing. The beer smelled like a basket of fresh berries.

Right now I happen to have 10 gallons of wheat beer (fruit-free at this point) sitting in their primary fermentors. I'm going to hit them with fruit. Watermelon is a candidate. I'm thinking of going the chilled/unfermented fruit route. Thoughts?
Just wondering if you ever gave this a shot with the watermelon.
Would you suggest lowering the amount of fresh watermelon juice?

As I think about the process it kinda seems to me that you might end up with more of a 'beer with watermelon in it' than a 'watermelon flavored beer'. But I am very much a newbie and I wouldn't know. Just curious.
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Old 03-07-2013, 02:40 AM   #235
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Just wondering if you ever gave this a shot with the watermelon.
Would you suggest lowering the amount of fresh watermelon juice?

As I think about the process it kinda seems to me that you might end up with more of a 'beer with watermelon in it' than a 'watermelon flavored beer'. But I am very much a newbie and I wouldn't know. Just curious.
I used 8 cups of fresh watermelon juice and it was puuurrrfect. As soon as watermelons come back into season this is definitely going to be brewed again!
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I used 8 cups of fresh watermelon juice and it was puuurrrfect. As soon as watermelons come back into season this is definitely going to be brewed again!
So you went from primary to keg+fresh juice? Did you use any extract?
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So you went from primary to keg+fresh juice? Did you use any extract?
I do all grain. If I remember correctly (need to check my notes) I used the original all grain recipe posted by the OP and added 8 cups that I got from blending the meat of the watermelon and straining through some cheesecloth to the secondary. This will restart fermentation, so I wouldn't do it in the keg.
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No I was asking if you used the extract as in the watermelon extract.
I was also asking bigbeergeek about adding fully fermented beer to the keg with fresh juice as opposed to adding to secondary.

I have the latest recipe (v5.1 I believe) in the primary right now. But after reading bigbeergeeks post I am intrigued.

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Just wondering if you ever gave this a shot with the watermelon.
Would you suggest lowering the amount of fresh watermelon juice?

As I think about the process it kinda seems to me that you might end up with more of a 'beer with watermelon in it' than a 'watermelon flavored beer'. But I am very much a newbie and I wouldn't know. Just curious.
I didn't go with watermelon, I went strawberry again with wonderful results. I'm probably going to do some version of this beer this year -- people are clearly enjoying it. I'd use the same amount of juice... why not?
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Thanks for the reply BBB. I will be giving this a shot with the watermelon recipe.
How long are you staying in primary before cold crashing?
Even though I am going the watermelon route, I'm curious for future recipes. How are you getting the juice from the strawberries?

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