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Honey Dew Melon Wine

Honey Dew melon wine is a lovely easy to drink wine, I had considered making melon wine for a while but for some reason never got around to it, maybe it just didn't appeal to me. Most shops and supermarkets now stock honey dew melons.

Below is a list of possible attributes and qualities of the Melon. These are not hard and fast rules and should only be used as a guide. The more experienced practitioner will have different ideas of attributes.

Table of Correspondence for Honey Dew Melon wine.
Energy: Projective.
Animals: Insects mainly Larvae
Associated Plants: Pumpkin and Cucumbers
Colour: Green and Orange.
Element: Earth and water.
Goals/Rules: Healing, Relaxation, Meditation, Psychic awareness.
Planetary: Venus.
Signs: Virgo.
Time: Midday.
Moon: waxing.
Weather: Clear.
Festivals: Lughnasadh, Autumn Equinox.

A description of the wine
The colour of the wine is a pale yellow, Honey Dew melon wine is light, and dry, with a good hint of Melon flavour.
                        Ingredients needed to make 5 Gallon or 30 bottles
                        (divide the amount by 5 for 1 gallon)

                        4 Ripe Honey dew Melons
                        ¼ lb Bruised Ginger root, sliced thinly.
                        4 kg white sugar.
                        1 litre of White Grape concentrate
                        1 teaspoon of brewing yeast.
                        20 Litres Spring water

Making your wine
Your still spring water is catching a few rays in a sunny window you are now ready for the creative process. A more potent wine can be made if you create a ritual for making the wine. I will not share mine as this should be a personal challenge and personalised to your own needs.

  1. Wash the ginger in the sink, then on a clean work surface give the Ginger some good bashes with a rolling pin or something similar to bruise it. Then place it in a bowl and set aside for a few hours for the bruising to take effect.
  2. Sterilise all your equipment including your fermentation vessel.
  3. Wash and cut open the melons and remove all of the seeds.
  4. Cut the Melon into segments and remove the meat from the skin.
  5. Mash the Melon meat in a pan then add to the fermentation vessel.
  6. Add the sugar to the fermentation vessel and pour on 1 gallon of boiling water and stir well.
  7. After the ginger has rested a while cut into thin slices no more than 5mm and bring to the boil in a large pan, then continue to simmer for a further 15 minutes.
  8. After the ginger has simmered gently pour into the fermentation vessel.
  9. Add you grape concentrate to the fermentation vessel and give it a good stir.
  10. Pour the remaining still water into the fermentation vessel to the correct level and add your yeast.
  11. Give everything a final stir and place the lid with the fitted air bung on.
  12. Place the Must in a warm place.
  13. Do the washing up.
  14. See basic wine making for further instructions
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