Watermelon Wheat

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Water you wheating for? This deliciously drinkable watermelon wheat beer is calling you to change out your usual brew of choice for something juicier to keep things fresh this summer. Watermelon Wheat is sure to be a pool, river, and beachside favorite for you and your crew. This thirst-quenching beer starts with the base of a classic American wheat beer, but then adds fresh watermelon during secondary fermentation. This end product results in refreshingly fruity wheat beer with a soft watermelon flavor and aroma.

FOR FANS OF:

21st Amendment Brewery - Hell or High Watermelon
Lost Coast Brewing - Watermelon Wheat

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Bavarian Weissbier Brewing Extract (Yeast under lid – You won’t be using this)
  • 1 Brewmax LME Softpack - Golden
  • 1 Safale US-05 yeast
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

YOU PROVIDE:

  • 2 Cups Watermelon Juice

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.048 (approx.) -- FG: 1.010 (approx.)
  • Flavor: Fruity
  • ABV (alc/vol): 5%
  • SRM (Color): 4
  • IBU (Bitterness): 19
  • BJCP Style: 29. Fruit Beer - 29B. Fruit and Spice Beer

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 1 - 3 Weeks = 2 Months

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Watermelon Wheat Instructions

RECIPE INCLUDES:

  • 1 Bavarian Weissbier Brewing Extract (Yeast under lid – You won’t be using this)
  • 1 Brewmax LME Softpack - Golden
  • 1 Safale US-05 yeast
  • 1 Packet No-Rinse Cleanser

YOU PROVIDE:

  • 2 Cups Watermelon Juice

Additional Information


  • OG: 1.048 (approx.) -- FG: 1.010 (approx.)
  • Flavor: Fruity
  • ABV (alc/vol): 5%
  • SRM (Color): 4
  • IBU (Bitterness): 19
  • BJCP Style: 29. Fruit Beer - 29B. Fruit and Spice Beer

Ferme­ntation

Carbo­nation

Bottle Condi­tioning

Total Brew­ing Time

3 Weeks 3 Weeks 1 - 3 Weeks = 2 Months

STEP 1: SANITIZING

Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

NOTE: BE SURE TO SANITIZE EVERYTHING THAT WILL COME INTO CONTACT WITH YOUR BEER. 

STEP 2: BREWING

Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet (not needed for this recipe) from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract, then place the unopened can and LME in hot tap water.
    2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, then bring water to a boil, then remove from heat.
    3. Open the Brewing Extract and the LME, and pour the contents into the hot mixture. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.
    4. Fill keg with cold tap water to the #1 mark on the back.
    5. Pour the wort into the keg, and then bring the volume of the keg to the #2 mark by adding more cold water. Stir vigorously with the spoon or whisk.
    6. Sprinkle ONLY the Safale US-05 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.
    7. Put your keg in a location with a consistent temperature between 59° and 71.6° F (15°-22° C) and out of direct sunlight. After approximately 24 hours, you will be able to see the fermentation process happening by shining a flashlight into the keg. You'll see the yeast in action in the wort. The liquid will be opaque and milky, you will see bubbles rising in the liquid, and there will be bubbles on the surface.
    8. After 1 week of fermentation, add the watermelon juice and let ferment for 2 more weeks.
      • Prepping the Watermelon Juice:
      • Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl; set aside.
      • Place the watermelon in a blender and blend until liquefied, about 1 minute.
      • Pour through the strainer into the bowl and scrape a rubber spatula against the inside surface of the strainer to push the juice through until only pulp remains.
      • Discard the pulp (You should have about 2-3 cups of juice).
    9. You’ll ferment for 21 days total. Your fermentation will usually reach its peak in 2 to 5 days (this is also known as “high krausen”). You may see a layer of foam on top of the wort, and sediment will accumulate at the bottom of the fermenter. This is totally normal. Complete fermentation will take approximately 2 weeks. After high krausen the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. Your beer is still fermenting. The yeast is still at work slowly finishing the fermentation process.

    Step 3: BOTTLING AND CARBONATING

    Follow the steps outlined in your Mr. Beer Kit Instructions. (You can find a copy of these instructions to download by visiting our help desk.)

Flavor Profile

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Alcohol by volume: 5%
SRM (color): 4
IBU (Bitterness): 19
Watermelon Wheat is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 4.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Watermelon wheat Brewed this as one as my second batch. I was quite surprised as to how good it came out. I used real watermelon and added a little more that was required. The melon taste was not overbearing and came on as an after taste in your mouth. You could use extract flavoring to get a stronger flavor but I wanted this just as I made it. One note is to make sure you sterilize everything well, I even wiped down the melon with a solution before I cut it up in the blender. I would make this again as it was really refreshing in the heat of the summer.
Date published: 2017-01-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Watermelon did not turn out so well. Brewed a few fruity wheat beers. Watermelon taste did not come out as expected. I will probably use flavor extract rather than real watermelon.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wait to drink Should have brewed in mid-Summer for more ripe watermelon. Liquified it and added at 1 week mark. Pours golden-orange with fluffy off-white head. After recommended conditioning period, it smelled funky, and tasted of wheat and watermelon. After another month, the aroma turned more watermelon, and it tasted better too.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mine came out great I tried this recipe recently. I decided to substitute flavor extract for the watermelon in the instructions(for convenience). It came our really good. Big hit with our friends when they come over. Definitely recommend(assuming you like some of the watermelon beers available), and I'll be ordering some more.
Date published: 2018-07-28
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