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Making wine is a hobby that I find interesting, challenging, quite inexpensive and thoroughly enjoyable. I don't know a heck or a lot about wines; and am certainly not a connosieur but have obtained some recipes from my mother's collection of all the classes she used to attend many years ago in Ceylon and have watched her make them here in Australia.

Since my first attempt at wine making, Milk Wine, I have tried others and found it to be a rewarding experience. The ingredients for the Milk Wine had to be slightly modified. In Ceylon, Milk Wine is made with Ceylon Arrack, however this product is not freely available in other countries, so I tried it (under my mother's supervision) with Whiskey and guess what? It came out just fine.

Making some wine at home is really dead easy, even I have done it!

The equipment you need is not a lot and not terribly expensive as you will see below. Briefly, you need a plastic bucket, a glass bowl, a couple of funnels, paper filters (We use coffee filters) and air locks.

The most important item you need is "enthusiasm" and when tasting the results of your efforts, you will achieve a great sense of pure satisfaction and pride, when family and friends compliment you on the results!

The other ingredients are available almost anywhere in the world these days and it is quite a simple process to make not requiring any special ingredients or other items that can't be bought from most grocery outlets. The other good thing about this recipe is that it is quick and does not take weeks, just a couple of days! before you can actually taste it; Give this easy to make wine recipe a try.

I am told that these days, people make "Thambili Wine" (King Coconut Wine) which is only available in these countries. Something else I've discovered is that these days, one can buy the juice of the King Coconut in a frozen form which has to be thawed and used with no preservatives at all! This product is available from most Sri Lankan grocery outlets.

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Here is a testimonial:

"Hi Tony.
I am writing to thank you and congratulate you for the Milk wine and the other excellent home made wines which we sampled at your place. I remember my mother also making various types of home made wines, which we all used to enjoy. I must add that yours is just as good. Looking forward to the next round of sampling with much anticipation. (Hint Hint) Clem."
Clem De S, Attwood, Vic, Australia.

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Milk Wine
Ceylon/Sri Lanka style Festive Wine

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Lemon Wine

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Pineapple Wine

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Nelli (Indian Goosebery) Wine

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I have discovered that you can make wine from quite a few fruits and vegetables as well. Have you heard of Carrot Wine? or Parsley Wine? Or, how about some fruits such as Plum Wine or Pineapple Wine? What about Rice Wine? This probably tops the lot: Chilli Wine!

If any of your friends or family dump a whole lot of fresh fruit or vegetable on your kitchen table (with good intentions), don't despair, just look for a wine recipe for that fruit or vegetable and you will not be disappointed. I have even found recipes for (who would have imagined), Garlic Wine! I have these recipes on hand but haven't tried them as yet (Garlic and Chilli).

Consider this.

When you make wine at home, there is no guarantee that it will taste as you expect, as it depends on various things, in spite of following the recipe, verbatim, what do you do? Sigh, say "Oh well, chalk it up to experience" and throw the lot out? I DON'T! The wine I make is pure, free of chemicals and generally made from fresh ingredients as well, so why would I just chuck it all out?

No, no, don't do that! Try this.

When you cook, do you (like me) use wine to marinate meat and fish, or anything else, I use this wine to marinate meat, fish or pork instead of buying a wine for this purpose. I read somewhere that you should use an alcohol in a marinade to a maximum period of 30 minutes before cooking the item.

So, I usually add all the other marinade ingredients and then the alcoholic content of the marinade for the very last 30 minutes before cooking. They say that when you cook, the "alcoholic" effect is lost! I don't know how true that is and am not willing to check it anyway!

Here's a little experience I had recently. I made some Apricot Wine and it was rather dry, not for me! So, the next time we had Pork chops for dinner, I just marinated the chops in some (you guessed it), Apricot Wine for the last 30 minutes before cooking. Taste? Just fine!!!

Here are some items you will need to make your own wine. Mind you, they are NOT expensive, just visit your local Wine Equipment Store for the "special" items, the rest from the local "Discount store".

A clear Glass bowl (the sort I use). Make sure that it can take boiling water. Funnel Coffee filters.

An Airlock.

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