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Old 04-17-2011, 09:16 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. I have done several searches and gotten mixed ideas on when to add my watermelon to my wheat beer to make a watermelon wheat. Should I add it to the primary in chucks, or to the primary as juice or to the secondary.

I am thinking of adding it to the primary so fermentation will get back up and going again then when I transfer it to the secondary it will have time to clear. Any advice would be great. This is my first try at a fruit beer.

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Old 04-17-2011, 09:38 PM   #2
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I am thinking of adding it to the primary so fermentation will get back up and going again then when I transfer it to the secondary it will have time to clear. Any advice would be great. This is my first try at a fruit beer.

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That sounds good. It's what I typically do for fruit beers where I add actual chunks of fruit. When going the juice route, like when I did BM's Centennial Blonde with a bottle of POM juice, I just add it to primary once fermentation is about 3/4 of the way to FG, let that finish, settle, and rack to the keg.

Hope that helps!
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Old 04-17-2011, 09:48 PM   #3
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Generally you want to add fruit after primary fermentation is done. You don't need to transfer it into another fermenter at any point unless you intend on yeast washing and don't want fruit to carry into the yeast. Wheat beers are normally cloudy so it wouldn't be necessary to go into secondary with or without the fruit.

 
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Old 04-17-2011, 10:37 PM   #4
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I did a watermelon wheat last summer and added about 1/2g of watermelon juice at the end of primary. Turned out great.
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Old 04-17-2011, 11:03 PM   #5
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whats the best way to juice a watermelon?

 
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Old 04-18-2011, 12:58 AM   #6
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I just pureed and filtered it through some paper towel.
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Old 04-19-2011, 02:20 PM   #7
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So I added 5 cups of fresh squeezed watermelon juice to the primary last night and fermentation hasn't started to take off again like I've heard it does. Does it take some time or is my batch screwed? Thanks
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Bottled: Holidazed, Over The Hop 2, Cherimoya Wheat, Watermelon Wheat Squared
On Deck: Lime Ale, Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Porter, Watermelon Wheat, Raspberry Wheat, Rose Belgian Blonde Sour, Watermelon Lambic

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Old 05-23-2011, 04:26 PM   #8
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Rgingerelli, did your yeast finally take off after adding the watermelon? it took mine only hours after adding the juice. Thanks for the update.
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:04 PM   #9
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Fermentation took off again the next day and bubbled like crazy
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Bottled: Holidazed, Over The Hop 2, Cherimoya Wheat, Watermelon Wheat Squared
On Deck: Lime Ale, Bourbon Barrel Aged Vanilla Porter, Watermelon Wheat, Raspberry Wheat, Rose Belgian Blonde Sour, Watermelon Lambic

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Old 05-23-2011, 08:32 PM   #10
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So what does that business get kegged/bottled?
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