Wit-ermelon Wit Beer
Want to try a beer that is a bit different to the norm but delicious and refreshing at the same time? This Wit-ermelon Wit Beer uses the Craft Series Wheat Beer Pouch with two large watermelons. Makes the perfect refreshing drink after a hard day’s work!
Expected Brew figures
OG: Approx. 1.045 (but this will depend on the size and amount of pulp of your watermelons)
FG: Approx. 1.010
Volume: 21L (but will be closer to 19L once the pulp is taken out of the fermenter
- Mangrove Jack’s Craft Series Bavarian Wheat Pouch (2.2kg) (includes M20 Bavarian Wheat yeast)
- Black Rock Unhopped Wheat Can 1.7kg
- 2 large watermelons
The watermelon part
- Cut the rind off 2 large watermelons, then cut them into chunks, remove pips where you can, but letting a few through will be fine.
- Put the watermelon chunks into a food processor (this will take several goes to get them all done unless you have a huge food processor).
- Then add watermelon pulp from the food processor into a large pot and bring to a boil. Once boiling remove from the boil (you should have removed any wild yeast from the watermelon now).
The Wit Beer
- Sanitise a fermenter (30L or big enough to hold much more than 25L so there is enough head space during fermentation).
- Add 3L of boiling water.
- Add Mangrove Jack’s Craft Series Bavarian Wheat Pouch and stir.
- Add Black Rock Unhopped Wheat Can and stir.
Combining the two
- Add the watermelon pulp into the fermenter and stir with a sanitised spoon (the wort will go brown, don’t worry it will still taste good, it is just what happens when you mix these two ingredients.
- Cool the contents to under 25 degrees C (using an icebath or a heat exchanger).
- Pitch the M20 Bavarian Yeast onto the wort.
- Ferment at 18-20 degrees. If you get much higher than this you will end up with a German wheat beer with banana and clove flavours (which still will be quite good but not as clean and refreshing at a Wit Beer).
- After 5-7 days fermentation should be complete, filter the beer through a large sieve to remove the watermelon pulp from the beer, transfer the beer into a second fermenter.
- If you have room in a fridge, leave the beer to condition for 1 week then bottle or keg the beer as you would usually