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Old 07-08-2008, 08:27 PM   #11
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When using watermelon is there a fear of contamination, or do you not have to worry about it as much when adding to the secondary? Also, would you use pureed watermelon or I have heard of watermelon juice. And finally, would you treat watermelon like strawberries in the sense that it might not have has strong as a flavor as say a raspberry?

Oh wait and one more question. When the watermelon is added to the secondary and causes a reactivation in the yeast do you risk losing a good portion of the watermelon flavor that might have been added?
Wow! Awesome questions... my thoughts:

I am not really worried about contamination. I'm adding to 2ndary where there's already alcohol. Also I'm taking from the inside of the melon, not the outside. The outside will be washed and sanitized as best I can.

I saw a few people on here that just squeezed out the juice, about 4 cups worth, and that sounded decent. Less messy than pureeing.

I was worried about the delicate flavor, but I've heard good things on here. I have used extract before, so I'm anticipating more of a subtle flavor, but it's in a wheat so there's not much else to hide the watermelon flavor.

Were I to add the watermelon to primary, I'd worry about the yeast scrubbing out the flavor, but I'm not worried about it in 2ndary.
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Old 07-08-2008, 08:37 PM   #12
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Sounds like either a large swatch of sanitized cheesecloth, OR a fine-mesh hop bag would work great! Just sanitize the bag/cloth, the counter, the knife, and the outside of the melon, your hands, and the scooper.... then fill up the bag or the cheesecloth with as much melon flesh as you can.... once full, gently squeeze over a funnel directed into your carboy... instant watermelon juice!
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:05 PM   #13
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all that sanitizing sounds like a lot of work.
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Old 07-08-2008, 09:17 PM   #14
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all that sanitizing sounds like a lot of work.
Yet you're the first one to point when something might not be sanitary...

I was thinking of cutting the melon in half then using a sanitized potato masher to mash all the flesh down into the rind/bowl, leaving the succulent juice on top...

At least that's the perfect method playing out in my head...
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all that sanitizing sounds like a lot of work.
Not when you have a spray bottle, or a garden sprayer. Then you just line up everything and spray away the baddies.

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Yet you're the first one to point when something might not be sanitary...
Um i think that was the other dude.
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Old 07-08-2008, 11:44 PM   #16
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What about a tea? Like with herbs, boil the watermelon in a little water before adding? Or, add the watermelon to some vodka and then to the secondary? Also, is 4 cups enough watermelon or should you use more/less?
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VODKAMELON. I knew this would come in handy!!!!

Drill a hole.... and get a funnel..... hell Google can tell you the rest. ( I need to make another of them Vodkermelons!)
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Sounds good will be curious to see how much melon flavor makes it into the beer. A search doesn't show any commercial company making watermelon puree.
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Um i think that was the other dude.
No.... it's definitely him. He taught me to brew and we've done about our last 8 batches together. He talks lazy, but then points out if my dirty thumb's on the edge of the funnel One of those brew-senseis that you might start to question for a second, but then he shows you that he's on his game.
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AHA. We're talking real life. Sorry. Back to my yeast cultures I go.
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