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Watermelon Weakness – Watermelon Wheat Beer

beer-label-watermelon-weakness-3inchStill inspired by Wailua Wheat from Kona Brewing Company, I decided to make another fruit wheat beer for easy summer drinking in the park or at the beach. This time I used watermelon extract to see if I would even like the combo before trying to get all crazy with using the real fruit. Initially I added 1oz of extract to 5 gallons and it was way overboard for about a week before it mellowed out to just a hint of watermelon on the nose and the aftertaste. It’s exactly what I was going for. Not sure if this one will come around again. We’ll see if anyone else likes it.

An American wheat beer with lots of banana flavor from the yeast, and just a dose of watermelon extract to create a fruity marriage you won’t want to divorce. A lot of guys won’t drink this because it sounds girly. My advice to those guys is to try it in the right setting: no one else watching you on a hot summer day. You’ll be taken back to your childhood when you used to combine the right Runts flavors. Only this time, you’re not a kid, and you can have as much as you want. No one’s watching, remember?

Brew Date: May 12, 2013
Kegged On: May 26, 2013
O.G.: 1.043
F.G.: 1.006
ABV: 4.9%

Recipe Details

Batch SizeBoil TimeIBUSRMEst. OGEst. FGABV
5 gal60 min11.9573673.3060021.0521.0145.075848

Fermentables

NameAmount%
German Wheat Malt6 lbs57.14
US 2-Row Malt4 lbs38.1
US Carapils Malt8 oz4.76

Hops

NameAmountTimeUseFormAlpha %
US Liberty0.9 oz60 minBoilPellet3.9

Miscs

NameAmountTimeUseType
Irish Moss0.07 oz15 minBoilOther

Yeast

NameLabAttenuationTemperature
White Labs WLP320-American Hefeweizen Ale73%32°F - 32°F

Mash

StepTemperatureTime
Rest at154.4°F60 min

Fermentation

StepTimeTemperature
Aging0 days32°F

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