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Watermelon Red Ale


This started out as a simple amber ale, and I added 1.5 pounds of fresh strawberries since I had picked a few pounds at a "u-pick" farm nearby. However, after some online investigation I realized that strawberries impart very little flavor in a beer. A week or two later, while wandering a grocery store I saw what looked to be a deliciously perfect watermelon. A few beers after that, I decided to juice the watermelon and add it to the secondary. Thus, the Watermelon Red Ale was born. And, surprisingly, it actually turned out quite good.

.rec file

Anticipated OG:   	1.054
Anticipated SRM: 	14.4
Anticipated IBU: 	31.8

Brew date:		June 7
Original gravity:	1.055 (plus watermelon sugars)
In primary fermenter:	5 days
In secondary fermenter:	14 days
Final gravity:		1.010

% 	Amount 		Name 			Origin 		Potential 	SRM
76.2 	8.00 lbs.  	Pale Malt(2-row) 	Belgium 	1.037 		3
9.5 	1.00 lbs.  	Rye Malt 		America 	1.030 		4
8.6 	0.90 lbs.  	Biscuit Malt 		Great Britain 	1.035 		35
4.8 	0.50 lbs.  	Crystal 60L 		America 	1.034 		60
1.0 	0.10 lbs.  	Chocolate Malt 		Great Britain 	1.034 		475

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.

Amount 		Name 		Form 	Alpha 	IBU 	Boil Time
0.25 oz.  	Zeus 		Whole 	16.40 	18.0 	60 min
1.00 oz.  	Mt. Hood 	Whole 	5.10 	6.0 	15 min
0.50 oz.  	Mt. Hood 	Whole 	5.10 	1.9 	1 min
0.50 oz.  	Zeus 		Whole 	16.40 	6.0 	1 min

Amount 		Name 			Type 	Time
2.5 quarts  	Watermelon (juice) 	Fruit 	8 Days(secondary fermenter)
1.50 lbs  	Strawberries (fresh) 	Fruit 	0 Min.(boil)

WYeast 1056 American Ale

Puree strawberries, add to wort shortly after turning off heat at end of boil. Do NOT
boil the strawberries, or the pectin will set (leading to cloudier beer).

Watermelon juice (pressed from fresh watermelon) should be strained, then simmered briefly
to sterilize. Add to secondary fermenter.

Brewer's log (view full log)
For some reason I forgot to post about this when it happened, but a week or two ago I was at a friend's place and it turned out they had a watermelon ale still . . . . . [view full post]
Before my memory of this beer fades too much, I should do a quick look back at it. I was quite amazed by how much the "good" watermelon flavor came through to . . . . . [view full post]
Had a Watermelon Red with lunch today. Took a picture of its deliciousness.   . . . . . [view full post]
Carbonation has definitely improved, along with a slight improvement in head retention. I wish I didn't have two weeks left to study for the bar exam, or I'd b. . . . . [view full post]
The bottles are pretty much finished conditioning. Head retention isn't so great, but it's not horrible either. The carbonation is a little on the light side . . . . . [view full post]
Bottled the "Watermelon Red" today—and wow, I got a much stronger watermelon flavor than I was expecting. I wonder if it will fade after conditioning and. . . . . [view full post]
While this was in the secondary today I decided to do something even more bizarre. I went to the grocery store and bought a watermelon, then came home and ju. . . . . [view full post]
My most recent brew is a Special Amber Ale Watermelon Red, which should be theoretically ready to drink by the 4th of July weekend. I'm looking forward to this. . . . . [view full post]


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