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REQUESTED RECIPE:

Fresh Fig Wine

"We have a huge fig tree in our back yard here in Austin, TX and would
like to do something with the ton or so of figs it seems bent on producing.
Please send us any and all information that you have on making fig wine.
We would be most appreciative." Shaemus and Heather




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. However, I have one for you and you can multiply it out for 3, 5, 6-1/2, or as many gallons as you have the fermentation containers for. One package of wine yeast will handle from 1 to 5 gallons of wine.

Fresh 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.

You really should consider drying some of the figs for use in other recipes calling for dried figs. They add considerable body to thin wines, but may impart a brownish color that some find objectionable. Not here. To me, that brown color means the wine should be aged four years before drinking, when it will have taken on an almost sherry quality. This is the value of dried figs....


My thanks to Shaemus and Heather for the request.


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