After seeing an incredible watermelon keg online, I knew I needed to try it for myself.
Unfortunately, I couldn't find a similar tap and pvc adapter, so I had to modify the design somewhat.
***update*** I've added pictures of a bigger melon keg we made for a recent party.
For more info on my watermelon kegs or my other projects, you can check out my blog.
Step 1: What you'll need
-Hose Bibb, Quarter Turn (that's the tap)
-Faucet Lock Nuts (those black circles)
-Brass Pipe Nipple 1/2" (the piece with threads on both ends)
-Coupling 1/2" (what looks like a hex nut)
-drill bit (optional)
From the grocery store:
-Watermelon (I used a very small melon for this demo, but you'll need a big one if you want more than two drinks out of it)
-Saran wrap (or similar cling wrap)
From your kitchen:
-ice cream scoop (a spoon could work in a pinch)
-strainer / sieve
From the liquor store:
-vodka or your poison of choice (this is optional, but there's not much of a point without it, right?)
Step 2: Cut off the top
Try to keep the hole fairly small, but make sure it's big enough to stick your hand in.
Make sure you cut on an angle (like you would if you were carving a pumpkin) so you can use the top as a lid without it falling in.
You can cut a small notch out of the lid to make it easier to refill your melon after your guests inevitably finish off the original contents.
Step 4: Make a hole for the tap
If you don't have a drill bit handy, a corkscrew would work.
Using a paring knife, make the hole the same size as your coupling. Take your time with this step as you'll need a good fit if you don't want it to leak.
Don't just shove your coupling in the hole as a bruised melon won't be watertight.
Step 5: Connect the hardware
Screw your nipple into the coupling with one of the lock nuts inbetween. It's not nearly as nasty as it sounds.
Push the coupling through the melon.
Place a small piece of saran wrap over the coupling and cut an opening in the middle. The plastic wrap should help prevent leaks.
Screw on the tap with a lock nut between the tap and the coupling.
Wrap the excess saran wrap around the edge of the lock nut and trim it so it looks pretty.
Step 6: Blend
Pour the juice through a strainer to get the worst of the pulpy bits out.
Add a generous helping of vodka and stir.