For Years we’ve been growing some fig trees in our backyard and this summer they had a bumper crop of beautiful figs. It’s been a challenge to find how we wanted to use the figs until we tried making fig wine.
Years ago we made wine from various fruits, but work and kids got in the way and our equipment got stowed in the attic. When we dragged it out, it was like starting from scratch figuring out what we needed to get this going. The first thing we did was buy a new clean 5 gallon pail with a lid from Home Depot.
The figs had to be crushed and mixed with yeast for primary fermentation in that pail. Figs have tiny seeds and lots of pulp. Next time we do this we will try putting the must in some cheese cloth to contain some of the solids. Home winemaking recipes include some chemicals like “pectic enzyme” and “yeast nutrient” which we found easy to order on Amazon. We already had a 5 gallon carboy – that’s the big jug you do the second fermentation in and we had some gallon jugs to rack the wine into. The purpose of this post is to let you know we found a lot of the strange things you need to get started making wine at home right on Amazon.com. The picture shows our fig wine after the first racking. It is a tastey rose wine with just a faint taste of fig. We will definitely make it again. If you plan to get started too, you might want to start saving some gallon jugs and empty wine bottles with stoppers. Let us know how yours turns out.