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"Not what you expect, but still very good."

Fig trees are found all over Texas as escapees to the wild or as remnants of long lost homesteads. As long as they get regular water, the trees will grow for decades. Figs are interesting in that they are used in dozens of recipes, but almost always as dried fruit. Fresh figs are rare in recipes, and a "pure fig wine" is rarer still. The recipe below will make slightly more than a gallon. Ferment the extra in a wine bottle (use a #3 bung to hold the airlock) and use the extra to top up the gallon after racking.

Fig Wine

Chop or feed figs through mincer. Place in large, finely woven nylon straining bag, tie top, and put in primary fermentation vessel. Stir in all other ingredients except yeast. Check S.G. (should be 1.085 to 1.100; if not, add up to 1/2 cup more sugar, stirring very well before re-checking S.G.). Cover with cloth. Add yeast after 24 hours and stir daily, pressing pulp lightly to aid extraction of juices. When liquor reaches 1.040 (3 to 5 days), hang bag over bowl to drain, lightly pressing to aid extraction (do NOT force or you will cloud the liquor). While pulp drains, siphon liquor off sediments into secondary. Add drained liquid and discard pulp. Fit airlock to secondary. Ferment to dryness (S.G. 1.000 or lower -- in about 3 weeks). Rack into clean secondary, top up to 1 gallon and reattach airlock. Rack again in 2 months. Rack again and bottle when clear. This is a good dry wine. If you want it sweeter, add 1/2 tsp stabilizer per gallon after last racking (but before bottling), then add 1/4 lb dissolved sugar per gallon. Bottle. This wine can be drank young (after 3 months in bottle), but will improve immensely with age. [Author's own recipe]

This page was updated on September 26th, 2003

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