The common fig (Ficus carica) is most often eaten as dried fruit and rarely used fresh. It's not very sweet, so a true fig wine requires a great deal of additional sugar for the fig juice to ferment to completion. This recipe makes one gallon and can be easily adjusted for another quantity. The special supplies for this recipe are readily available at stores that sell wine-making supplies.
Things You'll Need
- 4 lbs. figs
- Nylon straining bag
- 7 pts water
- 1-3/4 lbs. granulated sugar
- 3-1/2 tsp. acid blend
- 1 crushed Campden tablet
- 1 tsp. yeast nutrient
- 2 carboys with airlocks
- 1 package Montrachet wine yeast
- Siphon hose
Chop the figs finely and place them in a nylon straining bag. Tie the top on the bag, and place it in the carboy you'll be using as your primary fermentation vessel. Stir in the water, sugar, acid and Campden tablet. Use a saccharometer to check the specific gravity (S.G.) and add enough sugar to bring the S.G. to 1.085.
Cover the carboy with a cloth and add the yeast after 24 hours. Stir this mixture (must), and gently press the pulp each day. Continue this procedure until the S.G. drops to 1.04, which should require three to five days.
Siphon the must off the sediment into another carboy. This process is called "racking" the wine. Take the nylon bag out, press lightly and allow it to drip drain into this carboy. Place an airlock on the carboy. Ferment the must until the S.G. drops below 1, which should require about three weeks.
Rack the wine, add enough water to bring the volume to one gallon and reattach the airlock. Repeat this process every two months until the wine is clear, which may require a total of six months.
Rack the wine into bottles. This wine should be drinkable within three months but will improve greatly with age. Fig wine can benefit from several years of aging.
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