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Old 03-28-2012, 04:14 AM   #1
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I have tried watermelon wine a few times and the watermelon flavor never seems to survive very well..anyone run into this and came up with cures?

I think I will try a combination of watermelon and another fruit next time to compare...does anyone have favorite duos using watermelon to share?

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Old 03-28-2012, 10:52 AM   #2
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You might try one of these:
http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/reques11.asp
Or this:
http://winemaking.jackkeller.net/reques4.asp
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Old 03-31-2012, 12:09 PM   #3
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I made a strawberry watermelon wine last june that is amost all watermelon tasting. It's crazy. It was like a #14lb watermelon in a 5gal batch.

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Old 03-31-2012, 09:15 PM   #4
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I made a strawberry watermelon wine last june that is amost all watermelon tasting. It's crazy. It was like a #14lb watermelon in a 5gal batch.
Care to share the recipe? Most of them that I find indicate straight watermelon has little body and needs another fruit to make it a little more full and a little less watery jungle juice tasting. Most say to add white grape concentrate or strawberry something or the other. Curious how you created yours.

Side note, I'm sure they make watermellon extract somewhere. Anyone ever use this to fortify that summertime taste? Watemellon schnaaps?
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Old 04-01-2012, 01:52 AM   #5
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#14 (ish)lb watermelon cubed up
#10lb strawberries
#10lb sugar
water to 5 gallons
1/2tbls Nutrient
1/2tbls Energizer
Montrachet Yeast
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Cubed watermelon and put in a nylon bag and put in primary. Put all juice from cutting into primary also.

Halved the strawberries and put in a different nylon bag and let sit.

Dissolved the sugar in ~1-2gallons of water.

Added water, nutrient, energizer to primary

Used some of that solution to do a starter of the yeast and pitched when bubbly.

Let it sit until clear.

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Old 04-01-2012, 02:43 AM   #6
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This sounds amazing. I'm going to have to give this a go this Summer!

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Old 07-10-2012, 08:44 PM   #7
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I've been looking for a watermelon wine recipe for awhile, and this looks pretty cool. I made it tonight and have a few questions. I only added about 2.5 gallons of water and it went slightly over the 5 gallon mark, will the fruit break down that much into liquid? How long do you normally leave this in the primary before racking to a secondary?

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Been my experience that the watermelon breaks down to practically nothing.

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I advise against pairing it with lime. Which from what I have discovered should be a 'duh'. I put too much lime in mine. Now its pink lime wine.

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Old 07-12-2012, 02:02 PM   #10
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The way I make water melon wine is I do not use water. I have a garden and on the back row I plant watermelons I found this to be the cheapest way. I juice my watermelons until I have a little over 5gallons. I add about 7lbs of sugar. Or to the the desired reading on the hydrometer. Then I add a camden tablet let it sit in the fridge so the juice doesn't spoil over night. The next say I pull out of the fridge let it warm up to room temp then I pitch the yeast. After fermentation during tue first racking top off with watermelon juice. I learned never use water in in watermelon wine it will alter the taste.

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