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home made vinegar

Chino Valley, AZ

I am trying to make vinegar ( any kind to start with and then use the mother to make malt vinegar) I need to get a mother. Any sure ways to start one at home? Cathy

Hendersonville, NC(Zone 7a)

I was happy with the "mother of vinegar" from a wine shop when I lived in Virginia. Different ones for different types of vinegar. If you can find the type of vinegar you want at a health food store, it may be more likely to have some "mother" settled on the bottom of the bottle. I have used that in the past as well. Have not made vinegar in several years.

Clarkson, KY found this...perhaps something useful...
"A starter culture. Notice I said "starter culture". Don't make a big deal about getting a "mother", it will probably ruin otherwise good vinegar. What you need are the bacteria which make vinegar. Check the home brew stores or pick up a bottle of unpasturized, unfiltered vinegar. I have had great success with Braggs Apple cider vinegar. The vinegar in the culture keeps out the other molds and bacteria until the vinegar bacteria have had a chance to take firm control of the juice."

Chino Valley, AZ

Great !!! thanks, just the information I needed. Cathy

Fairfield County, CT(Zone 6b)

So it takes fruit juice and vinegar to make vinegar? Doesn't that make it more expensive to make than to buy? Anyone know how balsamic vinegar is made - now that is the pricey stuff!

Clarkson, KY

I didn't read the whole thing but isn't it a bit like yogurt? A spoonful to make a gallon?

Eunice, MO(Zone 5b)

Balsamic ages for years in a vat.

Biggs, KY(Zone 6a)

If you make vinegar with say, grape juice, does it taste like grapes?

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

Half the time I have ever tried to make wine, I have ended up making vinegar. Now if I really want to make vinegar, I start with a bottle of Bragg's... but for the specialty vinegars I make, I order champagne vinegar by the case (four one-gallon bottles). Do NOT use white vinegar... it is a chemical concoction more than a fermented vinegar.

Cathy, couldn't you just ferment barley for malt vinegar?

Chino Valley, AZ

Got it !!!!
Someone suggested Briggs cidar vinegar which is not cooked and has active culture or mother in it. I added Guinnes Ale ( no hopps) and it has a mother growing on the top. It smells great. I think I have to wait a while for it to fully develope. Some one from Dave's garden forums ( I post vinegar on a bunch) gave a way to test the acity. I am thrilled.

Love talking with you all. Cathy

Other forums I posted on- frugal living, sustainable alternatives, heathy living, home steading, recipes.

Clinton, CT(Zone 6b)

cfrie...thanks....I'll have to try that. Been looking at malt vinegar for a condiment base and making it is quite a project. There are only a few commerical sources and only one major one in the USA that I've found (Heinz). A few brew pubs make it but they are very careful to keep the vinegar away from their beers and ales. A brewmaster from the UK outlined the procedure on a brewing forum but warned others that if they were looking for a profitable add-on line to not get their hopes up (doesn't matter to me, I just want the malt vinegar).

Moss Point, MS(Zone 8b)

Our DGer named "ozark" is retired from running a brew shop business. He's a really nice man and I bet he'd know something about this if anyone was to ask him.

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