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December 7, 2009 (09:41 AM)
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 hanging out in their fridge -- last one left from a six pack I'd brought over a couple months ago.
Apparently they hadn't liked the beer as much as I did, so I was glad to finish it off for them. I liked how it tasted about a month or two ago, but this one tasted amazing. I am very tempted to brew it again, even though I know other people didn't like it.
October 6, 2009 (11:06 AM)
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 the final beer, even after aging a bit. None of the "bad" rotten fruit/off flavors were apparent, as I've heard some people encounter when using fresh watermelon. I'm guessing that might have something to do with me using a wire mesh to keep out chunks of watermelon flesh, then simmering the juice to kill off any hitchhiking microbes.
That being said, I think I'd want to try a "pure" watermelon ale sometime, just to see what the flavors are like when they're not conflicting with all these hops & malts (and whatever contribution the strawberries made). I'd probably do just 2-row, maybe a little carapils for the head retention, and I'd probably stick with Wyeast 1056 as the yeast, since it doesn't add too much. I'll put that on my agenda for late spring next year, just in time to be a tasty late summer brew.
So, in summary: I liked the way this tasted a lot, and it definitely packed a bit of a punch. However, there was probably a bit too much going on, flavorwise, in this beer.
July 12, 2009 (12:00 AM)
Had a Watermelon Red with lunch today. Took a picture of its deliciousness.

July 11, 2009 (12:00 AM)
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 be drinking quite a few of these tonight. I'm sure they'll still be delicious in 3 weeks...
July 8, 2009 (12:00 AM)
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 and there's still a hint of sweetness, so I'll give them a few more days at room temperature just to be sure. There is a big watermelon flavor. The aroma isn't so great, but the flavor is spot-on with what I was hoping (if perhaps a little more intense). Looking forward to drinking these in about a week so they have some time to mature a bit. Quite tasty.
June 25, 2009 (12:00 AM)
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 aging a bit. Looks like it will definitely be ready (or at least carbonated) for the 4th of July, so I'll update once I taste the final product. FG = 1.010, though I'd have to do some complicated arithmetic and figure out how the 2.5 quarts of watermelon juice changed the SG in the secondary if I wanted to calculate ABV.
June 12, 2009 (12:00 AM)
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 juiced it (with a masher over a colander). Since I had botched the transfer from primary to secondary, losing almost a gallon, I figured there's no harm in adding half a gallon of the watermelon juice. Now I'm really curious how it'll turn out :-). Check out the red foam forming on the surface a few hours later as the yeast starts going at the sugar in the watermelon... hope some of that sticks around to make the head reddish or pinkish... that would be memorable.
June 4, 2009 (1:58 PM)
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 one—it should have a nice rich flavor and a moderate alcohol content (likely to be about 5.2% ABV). I added about a pound and a half of fresh strawberries mainly to try to give it a slight reddish tint, since I doubt such a small quantity will affect the flavor or aroma much (but who knows!). OG = 1.055.



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