I've got 4.5 gallons of watermelon juice that I'm about to pitch my yeast starter into (made with cane sugar, just like the sugar I added to the juice).
winemaking: Watermelon Wines
i followed the above instructions and used the first recipe given. Also, the author recommends refrigerating the juice for the first 24 hours while the campden tablets go to work, which I have done.
I have two questions:
1. Should I wait to pitch the yeast starter until the juice warms up some? (I'm assuming yes)
2. When am I supposed to fit an airlock? Right away after pitching yeast? The instructions say to stir daily for seven days after fermentation starts...and previously to just cover the open fermentor with a sterile cloth while the campden tablets work (I just put a lid gently on top of the juice).