Watermelon Wine with homegrown watermelons

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Going to start a watermelon wine using watermelons I've grown. I have several melons (6 or 8), so more than I need. I'll probably use 2, at their size. I know about using Campden to sanitize the fruit and how to prepare it, but I'm looking for a good recipe that will give some good watermelon flavor when the wine matures. I'll have more watermelons later on if I need to add fresh juice down the line. The recipe I plan to use is this:

15 lbs. of watermelon
10 lbs. of sugar
2 tbsp. Yeast Nutrient
1/2 tsp. Pectic Enzyme
2 1/2 tbsp Acid Blend
1 1/2 tsp. Wine Tannin
1 Packet of Wine Yeast: EC1118

Does anyone have suggestions from a tried and true recipe that make not just a good, but a great wine?
 

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Going to start a watermelon wine using watermelons I've grown. I have several melons (6 or 8), so more than I need. I'll probably use 2, at their size. I know about using Campden to sanitize the fruit and how to prepare it, but I'm looking for a good recipe that will give some good watermelon flavor when the wine matures. I'll have more watermelons later on if I need to add fresh juice down the line. The recipe I plan to use is this:

15 lbs. of watermelon
10 lbs. of sugar
2 tbsp. Yeast Nutrient
1/2 tsp. Pectic Enzyme
2 1/2 tbsp Acid Blend
1 1/2 tsp. Wine Tannin
1 Packet of Wine Yeast: EC1118

Does anyone have suggestions from a tried and true recipe that make not just a good, but a great wine?
I have not tried watermelon but I don’t think it carries a lot of flavor. I would be sure to add more after racking.
 
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Deleted comment made while drinking. Sorry...
 
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^^^ Same here

Interested and following. Whenever I hear watermelon wine I think of that country song (Allen Jackson?).
 
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Tom T Hall... Going to start the wine tomorrow. I have 6 watermelons I need to use, eat, etc, another 10 going to be ripe in the next week or so. Going to have another patch in the Spring, and I'll add juice then.
 
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Maybe juice some more melons and cook down to juice to concentrate then add that to the fv after fermentation has slowed?
This sounds like a decent idea. Concentrate the flavor. Maybe I'll do that after stabilizing it, also. I've made watermelon wine once a few years ago, and it had NO flavor. I know I can do better now.
 
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I have made watermelon wine twice now. The first time I used just watermelon and followed Jack Keller's recipe which called for whenever topping off adding watermelon juice. It lacked the flavor I was looking for but was a nice table wine in the end.
The second time I made it I used a grocery store melon that was super sweet. And I added 2 cups of freshly picked blueberries. At first I thought the blueberries would take over but in fact the watermelon was the top note in this finished wine. I also used Terry Garey's recipe for melon wine the second time.
 
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In a few months I'll have blackberries ready to pick in my back yard. Thinking of throwing some in there in the spring.
 
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