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Old 02-03-2014, 08:34 AM   #11
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You are in Maine so you are out of season for watermelons which means you are going to use one that was picked before it was at its best flavor and shipped thousands of miles to you? This is not the time of year to make a good watermelon mead, you really want a vine ripened one that is at its peak flavor to start with otherwise its going to be even weaker in flavor and harder to make for a first mead. If you like any other berry that is easy to get in a concentrate or frozen you would be much better off as I think your middle of winter watermelon isnt going to be very impressive no matter what your skill in fermenting things and we really want your first mead to be impressive. WVMJ

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Old 02-03-2014, 06:02 PM   #12
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Default Combinig watermelon with another flavor

Originally Posted by rowsdower44 View Post
You'll want to combine the watermelon with another flavor. Honey might be able to do it. I tried a watermelon wine last summer and I wasn't getting the intended flavor. It wasn't until I added some strawberries that the watermelon flavor came through.
What he said. I tried a watermelon Skeeter pee, cut the lemon juice by 66% to not overwhelm the delicate flavor, and backsweetened with mango passionfruit juice (because i couldnt find watermelon juice), and I found that the watermelon flavor did come through

One important thing to note, in looking around homebrew forums, ive heard that the watermelon rinds are where most of the flavor is (like orange zest), so thats what i used for my batch, might be good to try with your mead.
Freeze the rinds to sterilize, then thaw and throw into primary. Also having watermelon juice for primary/backsweeten would help, and if mine worked, this should be even better.

Another note: Mine smelled distinctly funky when fermenting (like vomit), so dont be alarmed if this happens to yours, mine mellowed out to dangerously smooth goodness once done.

The watermelon bits are very fine, so giving time to clarify, and filtering through cheesecloth was crucial in a clear finished product. I rushed this part of the process, and have good-tasting, but cloudy, wine

To do it with a mead sounds good, look forward to hearing how it turns out. Also choose your type of honey carefully, Im not an expert but some types have strong flavors that may overwhelm or not compliment the watermelon
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Old 02-03-2014, 10:36 PM   #13
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Beersmith did a video cast on mead with a meadowy in VT.. gold medal winner.. when asked about watermelon mead he said NOOOOO!!

But, WTH, go for it.. you may love it.

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