One of our favorite summer beers is “Hell or High Watermelon”. Nice light session beer with the taste of watermelon.
I’m an emerging rookie brewer, having done 9 extract kits with good success.
The recipe i’m looking at says to brew as normal (5 gal batch), pitch yeast and into primary. Transfer to secondary after a couple of weeks. Steep watermelon chunks in 150 water for 20 minutes and add to the secondary. Continue in secondary for several more weeks.
So here’s my question: I anticipate i will add about 1/2 gal of watermelon plus about 1 gal of water to the secondary. Can i ferment 3.5 gals of wort in primary and then later add the watermelon and water bringing the total volume to 5 gal?
I appreciate your comments!