Watermelon Wheat in Glass…

On June 8, 2008, in Family and Friends, Food, Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes

Boiling WatermelonThe Watermelon Wheat has been in carboys now for 3 days. It took off quickly and was off-gassing CO2 within four hours. As with all my wheat fermentations, this one shot out the blow-off tube in less than twelve hours. The wort had an interesting taste – not really a strong watermelon taste, but I didn’t expect that anyway. Surprisingly, the OG was way higher than I expected (seems like I just can’t make a small beer:) and came in at 1.069. The recipe projected an OG of 1.055, so I think another 14 points of gravity were extracted from the sugars in the watermelon, that were released during the boil.

The fermentation was fast and furious and today I pulled the blow-off tubes off and gave both the carboys a good swirl. I think this ale will be done pretty quickly and carbonated in the keg, in time for the 4th of July. Wheats are best enjoyed fresh:)

Thanks to Evan for the company, clean-up help and the great taco truck carne asada burrito!

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