Homebrew Batch #31 – Watermelon Wheat Ale

Astute readers will notice that I skipped over batch #30 – that’s because I re-brewed the Cream of Three Crops Ale again already (on 5/21/13), adding 1/2 ounce of orange peel in the last 10 minutes.

This batch was an extract batch – 5 gallons  –  that had the exact same base as my Cucumber Wheat:

3lbs 3oz  liquid wheat malt extract

2lbs light dry malt extract

1 oz Hallertau hops – added at boil, boiled for 60 minutes.

I added the dry malt extract at the beginning of the boil, and the liquid with 10 minutes remaining.  I pitched Safale US-05 dry yeast.

This is the first extract batch I’ve done in a while, and thus I’m not used to working with dry malt extract… I expected this to be easier, but when my batch foamed up and boiled over instantly as I stood watching helplessly (all I could do was pluck it off the stove, but the foam still poured over the top), it became more work (cleanup) than a “regular” all-grain batch.  Unfortunately, we JUST bought a brand new stove, and I had to enlist the help of Mrs. Dynamite – who is like a kinda S.W.A.T. team for kitchen cleaning emergencies – to get the stove back in shape so that I could finish my batch.  Thanks Mrs. D!

Anyway, I’ll give this a week to ferment, then I plan to add 5 cups of strained watermelon juice (which I will make myself from a regular old watermelon), and give it two more weeks.

Question for my beer nerds:  if watermelon juice measures 1.04 on a hydrometer, and I add 5 cups of watermelon juice, how much will it affect my gravity?   My math was:  40 points per pound per gallon x 2 lbs of watermelon juice (i figured 5 cups was about 2 lbs) = 80 points.  Divide that by 5 gallons and I get 16?  In other words, is this effectively increasing my OG by .016?  Or am I using pure fantasy beer math here?

My OG – before adding the watermelon juice – came to 1.04

-KD

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