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Strange things are brewing

October 3, 2011

After taking a couple month long hiatus from brewing I’ve started back up with a most peculiar brew. The recipe was simple:
Take one large watermelon. Chop into pieces small enough for the blender to handle. Blend. Repeat until watermelon has been reduced to a pink slurry.

I even included the skin, because why not?

Then, to get a little bit more fermentables into the mix I added dried sugar cane juice (Sucanat) until the mix was sweet. Sucanat still has molasses content unlike refined sugars, and even the ‘raw’ sugars typically have most of the molasses removed. Accordingly it has more flavor than sugar.

Also, it was the only sugar I had on hand.

After straining out the pulp I was able to get a hydrometer reading that indicated ~5% potential ABV. If I had to guess I’d say the actual potential is slightly higher than that, as the pulp itself was quite sweet. It just messes with the readings so I couldn’t measure it.

In any case, it should make a relatively weak affair. All the better to taste it quickly! (Low alcohol content means low aging requirements) What it will/should/might/could taste like is a fascinating question…to which I don’t have any answers. I wager that fermentation will occur in less than a week, and I’m going to call it ready to drink as soon as the bottles get cold, so I won’t have to wait long to find out.

Update!

Strange things were brewed.  Successfully!  Sort of…. if you like watermelon vinegar?  I’m sure it would have been good on salad….but the color was a bit off putting.  In any case – it was fascinating finding out just how difficult it is to liquify an entire watermelon.  Also, optimism is a great thing when mixed with pragmatism.  If something smells like vinegar, tastes like vinegar, and even has an appearance of vinegar…don’t waste your time bottling it, (unless you were aiming to make vinegar, in which case bottle it by all means!) but have a sip, make a face and move on with a hearty belly laugh.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 10, 2011 07:37

    You’re blogging has really come on when I look back over previous posts. Actually I arrived here from a forum on an unrelated topic. Worth surfing sometimes. Thanks.

  2. October 10, 2011 14:48

    Thanks! Blogging definitely didn’t come easily to begin with, but its felt more natural as time has gone on : )

    Maybe one day I’ll actually feel comfortable with it!

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