Introduction: Homemade Watermelon Beer

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How many delicious things can you make from a watermelon? SO MANY*!! My latest project: watermelon beer. Inspired by 21st Amendment Brewery's Hell or High Watermelon Beer, I wanted to try and make my own version using fresh watermelon juice. It became something else entirely, something differently delicious, so let's get fresh everyone!

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*Check out some of my other watermelon projects:

Watermelon Juice
Watermelon Margaritas
Watermelon Salad
Watermelon Mojito Slushie

Step 1: Be a Cubist

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Chop half of one small watermelon into into cubes*. (approx. 4 cups)

*For the best way to cube watermelon, see Step 2 of my Watermelon Salad instructable.

Step 2: Blend In

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Puree the cubes in a blender.

Step 3: Going Clear

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Use a sieve to strain off the watermelon foam, leaving you with just the clear juice.

Refrigerate for at least one 1 hour.

Step 4: Mix a Lot

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Fill a serving glass 3/4 of the way up with beer* and top it off with the chilled watermelon juice.

Give it a gentle stir to mix the two.

*I found the best kinds for this were wheat beers, hefeweizen, and blond ales, but feel free to experiment!

Step 5: Garnish & Serve

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This really ended up being more of a watermelon shandy than a relative of the Hell or High Watermelon Beer, but it was super tasty to me and a really refreshing summer drink. So go forth and stay fresh everyone!

Comments

Jobar007 (author)2015-08-05

It makes sense that hefe's, wheats, and blonds go best with it since they tend to pare well with fruits.

This is an interesting idea, and I'm willing to try it, but I'm not so sure I'll like it because I'm thinking that it might be on the sweet side. Speaking of which, is it sweet?

give it time to ferment, and it will become more dry (less sweet). or you could skip the beer, and make a watermelon wine. but would still need a gallon jug, a bubbler, with a cork, and wine yeast and a cool place. although regular baking yeast, will work. you can get bubblers and a real cork, pretty cheap on ebay.

The author doesn't ferment the watermelon with the wort, she adds blended watermelon to a finished beer. The only finishing that would be present would be finishing the pint.

I get what you are saying though with finishing longer for a drier drink. Giving the yeast more time to do their business can sometimes help, but there needs to be sugars to consume or the yeast goes inactive.

yes i understood what the author meant, by using the watermelon as a mixer. but i only suggested fermentation, to reduce the sweetness content of the watermelon.

or just fermenting, straight watermelon juice as an alternative. since the sugar content, of a ripe watermelon is quite high as the seed are beginning to sprout releasing enzymes.

or hey! you could even use watermelon, as a mixer for vodka, rum, or everclear.

and i do make my own wine, by the way. even though it takes more time, making wine without sulfites. i do not like the taste of sulfites, in my wine. i have been brewing my own, wine, and white lightening since i was ten years old. i have brewed some beer, but i, do not like beer as well other than sake.

yes i understood what the author meant, by using the watermelon as a mixer. but i only suggested fermentation, to reduce the sweetness content of the watermelon.

or just fermenting, straight watermelon juice as an alternative. since the sugar content, of a ripe watermelon is quite high as the seed are beginning to sprout releasing enzymes.

or hey! you could even use watermelon, as a mixer for vodka, rum, or everclear.

and i do make my own wine, by the way. even though it takes more time, making wine without sulfites. i do not like the taste of sulfites, in my wine. i have been brewing my own, wine, and white lightening since i was ten years old. i have brewed some beer, but i, do not like beer as well other than sake.

amberharding82 (author)2015-08-14

That's probably the only kind of watermelon form I've never tried

prickly vegan (author)2015-08-13

damn. I was expecting an actual fermented beverage. This is a radler, or something like, not technically a 'beer'. I think I would prefer to enjoy the two ingredients separately, but it's an interesting idea.

silveravnt (author)prickly vegan2015-08-13

I'll try to remember to post my recipe for watermelon wheat beer. IIRC it was a gallon of watermelon juice in secondary.

bizshop (author)silveravnt2015-08-13

I'd like to try that - please post!

blyzz (author)2015-08-13

I made a watermelon Pale Ale once (added a few litres of Watermelon Juice to the Primary fermenter after 5 days). The thing that people forget is that the yeast eats the sugar. So you're left with a very tart beer. It was still very palatable in the 40°C+ heat though.

If I had to do a watermelon beer again, I'd make it a wheat beer because wheat beers have their own sweetness that would offset the tartness of the watermelon's missing sugars.

However, this idea proposed by Paige is cool, I imagine it'd make a lower ABV beer (as you're diluting it) and with the watermelon flavour, you'd have a very sessionable beer.

carmonacr (author)2015-08-13

For a second I thought you were going to ferment the sugar in the watermelon... Great idea!

tonemeister69 (author)2015-08-13

Nice twist or variation from using Clamato or other mixers! I am DEFINITELY going to try this!For those of you thinking that this may be too sweet for you, try using an ale or even an IPA. You couls also just use less than a 1/4 glass of watermelon. That would reduce the sweetness as well. Experimentation is the key! Thanks for sharing this!

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