Homemade Watermelon Wine

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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39 thoughts on “Homemade Watermelon Wine

    1. Multiply the acid blend, but you don’t need to multiply the yeast. You can toss a second packet in for good measure, but I wouldn’t bother with any more beyond that.

  1. 5 stars
    Ok great I’m all in for a six gallon batch. Do you use anything to kill the Yeast? Any other Chemical additives? Thanks for taking the time to write this guide and answer our questions..

      1. When I heated the melon it never turned into a liguid completely. I could strain but along with the seeds I am getting a lot of flesh containing lots of sweet. Could I leave the seeds and all? Do you think I am doing something wrong, maybe not stewing it long enough?

  2. do you have issues with the yeast bubbling out of our airlock when it is just put on top? I did exactly as your recipe states and I kept having the yeast foam out the airlock so I had to stir it in. Thanks for your reply!

    1. Using any of the winemaking yeasts will work, it’ll just affect the final alcohol content, more than anything. Some yeasts have a higher tolerance, will take the wine much drier. If that’s the case, you’ll want to add more sugar after fermenting – watermelon wine really does need to be a sweet wine.

      Acid blend is a common additive, found at homebrewing supply stores. Don’t use vinegar!

  3. 5 stars
    Marie, my husband and I bottled our first gallon of watermelon wine yesterday, using your recipe, and it is beautiful and very good! You are correct about the high alcohol content…I think ours ended up being between 16 and 17 percent!! We look forward to Summer and growing more watermelons and making more wine. Thank you so much for your delicious recipe!

  4. Hello Marie,

    Me from India and it is the water melon season. And I intend to make water melon wine from your recipe.

    However, some difficulties and some questions.

    1) We don’t get acid blend here. So, I intend to mix lime juice and tamarind juice (citric and tartaric acid). Because a blend is also citric and tartaric acid. Do you think it should work well?

    2) Can I turn the water melon into a fine juice using a juicer instead of crushing?

    3) Also, in your recipe you have asked to strain out the seeds. But I wonder how is that possible. Once you strain, are you also not going to strain out the reminder of the flesh which hasn’t been converted into juice?

    4) No need to add any water to this, right?

    5) Should I boil? Instead can’t I use potassium metabisulphite (we don’t get campden tablets here in India) and leave it for 24 hours before adding the yeast.

    And last question:

    6) when I add yeast, will it get dissolved automatically or is there a need to stir it?

    I appreciate your patient replies Marie.

    Thank you.

    1. Hi Prit!

      1. OK… do you have a brewing supply store near you? Personally, I’d ask them what’s used for acid in brewing over there, if you can’t get actual acid blend. I have no idea if tamarind and lime are acid enough to be a stand in, or what the ratio would be.

      2. You can, but that’s definitely more work / mess.

      3. You’ll get a bit of flesh with it, but most will have liquified.

      4. Nope. No water.

      5. You can use that, but I prefer to boil.

      6. Just add it, it doesn’t need to be stirred

  5. 5 stars
    Marie, this looks like a great recipe! One that I am looking forward to trying once watermelons are in season. I have a question though, after you mash the watermelon and measure out the liquid; do you strain it or include the watermelon flesh as well?

  6. I didn’t find your recipe until a month after I started my 5 gallon batch. My local home brew store was out of the champagne yeast so my wife picked up some turbo yeast. The turbo yeast was intended for using 13 lbs sugar and 5 gallons of water to make a 26% alc mash. I assume to further distill. The mixture started working within 2 minutes of placing the airlock on. I will let you know how it comes out when it’s finished. I will be using you’re recipe next year. Thank You.

  7. Hello ma’am,

    I live and work on a fully operational farm in south GA. I’ve made watermelon wine a few different times using a very similar recipe. I’ve always only made 5 gallons at a time, just for personal consumption. The owner of the farm I work on found out about my wine through word of mouth. Needless to say, he was a fan and wants me to make 100 gallons this year and will fully fund the operation. My question is, in your professional opinion, how much yeast should I use total? I have asked my elders that was generous enough to teach me to make it originally, yet that was almost a year ago and no one seems to have a straight answer for me. I sure would greatly appreciate any and all advice and insight you May have on this.

    Thank you for your time,

    1. Well, I have NO experience at all with commercial, large batch wines, so I’m really not the person to ask. If I were to guess, it’d be a packet per 5 gallons… but for all I know, commercial wineries use yeast in larger packets.

  8. How did John snyders wine come out? I think the turbo yeast will give it some off flavoring because it’s mostly used for higher alcohol content mash for distilling.

  9. is lalvin all purpose wine yeast ok to use instead of the red star… i am very new to this wine making… and after reading this watermelon recipe i have to try it… so any extra tips would be great… going to try for making a 5- 6 gal batch. thanks

    1. I want to make 5 gallons for a party im having I was wondering would i multiply the ingrediently for 1 gallon by 5 or is that to much sugar and yeast just w/o dering new to wine making ive made small batchs never this big

      1. You can just multiply by 5 for everything but yeast. You CAN multiply yeast by 5, but you really don’t need to. I’ll usually just double the yeast for a big batch.

  10. quick question. making a 5 gallon batch in fermentation buckets, do I multiply everything except the yeast by 5?

  11. To give you an idea of how much liquid you will end up with. I would say that I extracted at least 95% of the watermelons juice. I had six watermelons that I recently worked up to make wine and when it was all said and done I had maybe 3 to 4 cups of watermelon pulp left over. Watermelons are something like 95% to 99% water. The hard part is extracting the water. I used everything in the kitchen with holes in it trying to find something the worked well. I found that a “new or at least clean” sock was best way to go.

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