Homemade Watermelon Wine!
Apparently today is "National Watermelon Day". I had today's recipe all ready to publish, but I have the *perfect* recipe for watermelon day, so...
You know, one of these days, I'm gonna make a calendar of all of these "days", and keep them in mind ahead of time. Sounds like a much better plan than ending up distracted at the last minute!
Anyway, it's been a while since I've posted a homemade wine recipe. Watermelon wine is not only tasty, it's easy to make and a unique choice for summer imbibing. Also, we're a little overdue on putting on this summer's batch. What can I say, the tornado screwed with our summer brewing schedule when it turned our lives upside down!
If you haven't attempted making wine before, don't be intimidated! Check out our primer to home brewing, it starts here, with parts 2 and 3 here and here. Just a small handful of entries, and you'll be good to go!
This homemade watermelon wine recipe uses few ingredients, but it's important to make them the right ones. Most importantly:
Watermelon: Use ripe watermelon WITH seeds. Seedless watermelon may be easier, but it doesn't taste as robust/good. You CAN ferment it if you like, it just won't be as nice.
Sugar: White sugar. Brown sugar will overpower the delicate taste of the watermelon.
The ABV on this wine comes out to around 19%, and the color can be anywhere from straw colored to a pretty pale pink. It's a sweet wine, perfect for dessert. It's lovely when served chilled on a hot summer day... just be careful, it will knock you on your butt if you're not careful. The sweetness hides its potency!
Two recipe- specific words of advice:
1. Chopping the watermelon is messy business. I recommend putting a cutting board in a baking sheet (the kind with rim/short walls), and cutting it up in there. Periodically dump the accumulated juice into the pot.
2. This is very much a seasonal wine, and it will NOT turn out anywhere near as good if you make it with winter produce. We made the mistake of only putting on 1 gallon the first time, and 5 next time. This year, we'll likely make 10 gallons - plan accordingly! Watermelon wine makes a great gift. Also, as we're finding out... it makes a great tip for contractors that take care of you!
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