What to do with 10 Watermelons before they go bad?

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    Take it elsewhere tigerred59
     
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    So to make ze vine do you have to boil it with sugar or just add sugar and let it ferment? I have never made wine, just beer...
     
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    I live here in the woods and hills of the Ozarks, not to fer from Jed Clampett. I have a bunch of elderberry trees I'd like to make wine with....Not the trees but the berrys.
     
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    A few steps. After I juiced the watermelons, I added sugar to the approximate alcohol level I wanted. The hydrometer reading for the juice was 1.03 which is about 4% ABV. I wanted 1.16 so that it would be nearly 16%. I overshot the mark on the six-gallon bucket and ended up with 1.185. LOL. So the yeast I used is viable up to 15% alcohol which means I won't have to back sweeten that batch. I should end up with nearly 17% and a lightly tart wine. I added some yeast energizer and nutrient, then some wine tannin, pectin enzyme (for clarity later on). I forgot to put a Campden table in the first batch so I'm worried there may be some stray yeast strains. That was it. I pitched a WLP 720 wine yeast so it should be good.

    On the second batch, I did the same except that I used a Campden tablet and let it sit overnight to kill off any wild yeast. I also took better care with the sugar and decided to go a bit lower on the alcohol and went with 1.1 which should give Me about 12 to 14%.

    Oh, I used just straight granulated white table sugar.

    ETA: Oh, and the second batch I used a LALVIN EC 1118 champagne yeast.
     
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    Elderberry wine is fantastic!
     
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    I would have lined them up in the back yard and shot them with my AK-47. Watermelons be fun to shoot.
     
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    If I can out wrestle the birds to get them.
     
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    Yeah, that is an issue. I had to take a few yards of tulle and wrap My grape vines to keep the birds from stealing the grapes. They're almost ripe and I"m looking forward to a batch of concord grape jelly!
     
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    LOL Yes they are.

    But I can't shoot here in the borough and I didn't feel like lugging a 100 pounds of watermelon up to My sister-in-law's place just to shoot them.
     
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    We get wild mustang grapes but they are bitter...Lot's of raspberries, blackberries, huckleberries....
     

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