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Old 06-16-2008, 03:34 PM   #1
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I saw something like this on a food blog and decided to try it out. I was in a home depot that was shutting down and landed this faucet thingy for like 2 bucks... so I went for it.

Anyways, you gotta find a large watermelon that sits up on end. I may put a brace on it to drunk proof it tho. You cut the top of the watermelon like a pumpkin and spoon out the fruit. Once you have an empty shell you take out your drill bit and drill a shank sized hole in the side of the melon. Placement is kinda key... I'm thinking of a few methods on this one. One method is the gravity style like the pics show, and the other would be a siphon system where the faucet sits on top and you run a hose down below the watermelon. That may be tricky to pull off and have work all day. I'd stick with gravity, and maybe rig up a down tube on the end of the shank.

This faucet setup I used is kinda just for proof of concept, but should work with a standard faucet setup. The shank seals very nicely with a washer style gasket and some keg lube on it. You can fill it with whatever beverage you want... I was thinking that this would be better for jungle juice or some kinda punch. Drop in a bunch of liquor, ice, fruit, and let r rip.




Tip: Cut a little notch in the top of the watermelon like this. The top as is seals and creates a vacuum when you pour, slowing it WAY down. The notch will make it easy to get the top off and keep the pressure equalized for a smooth pour.



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Old 06-16-2008, 05:07 PM   #2
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Interesting Idea there. Great way to serve some sort of fruity drink.

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Old 06-16-2008, 05:55 PM   #3
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That is kinda cool..in a Martha Stewertish kinda way

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Old 06-16-2008, 05:58 PM   #4
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Lol... I was thinking more like tim the tool man taylor... IDk if martha is a compliment or not?? HAHAHAH!

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That's AWESOME! Sure it's not as manly as a keg of HB but hell, fill that b!tch with some rum, leave a good bit o' fruit on the sides and toss in some large chunks, let it refreigerate for a few hours and toss that thing on the porch for a grilling party one day!

Reminds me - we used to get a big watermelon, cut a small hole on the side, pour in a bottle of rum, put the piece back in, refrigerate the watermelon for a few hours, cut it up and eat! Good way to get a buzz on a hot day. Rum-infused watermelon!

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Old 06-16-2008, 06:30 PM   #6
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Reminds me - we used to get a big watermelon, cut a small hole on the side, pour in a bottle of rum, put the piece back in, refrigerate the watermelon for a few hours, cut it up and eat! Good way to get a buzz on a hot day. Rum-infused watermelon!
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Old 06-16-2008, 06:57 PM   #7
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It's be awesome if there was a way to hold carbonation so that you could run an American Wheat beer through it. Maybe set up a Randall with some big chunks of watermelon instead of hops!

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Keeping in line with some of the brewers/breweries that have actually fermented in a pumpkin, who is going to step up to the plate and ferment in a watermelon?

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How much do you think a decent-sized watermelon would hold? Couple gallons, maybe?

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Probably 10 gallons.

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