Saturday, February 22, 2014

How To Make your own Vinegar (it's easier than you think)

The first week of December 2013 we were talking about things we do not store and Donna Hoaks shared: “Learn to make vinegar, etc. also. NO matter how much you store, if a bad situation lasted long enough, you will run out. True self reliance means having the ability to renew supply. Learn to make lye, compost tea, etc. Challenge yourself to use every ounce of every thing. 
PPG, vinegar was something I thought about for years, and this is the first year I have done it. Like everyone else, I am on a journey. Here is the info I used.“So, true to my word I am making my own ACV (apple cider vinegar) & sharing my results.
Here is the first day for “making vinegar”. Made with organic Fugi apples & raw honey. I started it on December 10th. Quart jar with an apple, 1/4 cup raw honey and the filled the jar with water. TIP: I figured out real quick, instead of a rubber band to hold the cheese cloth on, I simply used a canning ring.



Stored in a warm, dark place. The jar(s) were wrapped a thick dish towel with a rubber band and storing it on a shelf near my back door. Next batch will be placed on top of my fridge.
"Stir the jar every day or so and check to make sure the fruit is submerged. Don’t worry about yeasty white growth on top; scrape off any other colors of mold and toss that into your compost bin."



When it started to smell like booze (this would be hard cider), I strained out the fruit through cheese cloth & put that in my compost bucket. Then continued to allow the vinegar to ferment. Leave undisturbed if possible. Again; don’t worry about yeasty white growth on top; scrape off any other colors of mold and toss that into your compost bin.


It is taking longer than I anticipated.  Still cloudy. Note the Mother of Vinegar floating around near the bottom. 
Interesting note: While I was in the process of making the vinegar, I was talking to the mom of my 7th grandchild. They had been discussing acetic acid bacteria in home school that week. Which is exactly the ubiquitous bacterium in the air that enables this process of fermentation to occur. Pretty neat.
This is what it looks like today 02/22/14. At this point I removed all the yeasty stuff on top, strained it & poured it into another jar, placed a lid on it to see if it will clear up...


I took the Mother of Vinegar at the bottom and started another batch today.Here we go again.


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Thank you Donna. I used the reference that Donna suggested from the Rock Farmer Blog

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15 comments:

  1. This is amazing! I just started my first batch and am very excited. Thank you for sharing this knowledge with others. We all need to listen to our elders more often! Thanks you so much.

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    1. Good sharing, yes, apple cider vinegar (ACV) helps to boost metabolism, blocks the body’s storage of dietary fat plus breaks down and dissolves existing body fat. A study at Australia’s University of Sydney in which subjects who consumed two tablespoon of ACV daily experienced fewer surges and crashes in blood sugar levels. Read more at:
      http://kidbuxblog.com/apple-cider-vinegar-acv-helps-to-boost-metabolism/

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  2. April,
    That is exciting news! I would love to see a picture of you vinegar in process. I would love to share it on Facebook if that is o.k. https://www.facebook.com/perkygramma

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    1. Share away! More people need to see the awesome things you are doing! :)
      My pictures are here:
      http://www.foragedfields.com/blog/2015/2/23/homemade-apple-cider-vinegar-recipe

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    2. Did you take your pictures down?.....the link says nothing found about homemade vinegar

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  3. April,
    You are so cute. :D I am sharing your page tomorrow afternoon.

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    1. Thank you so much! I truly appreciate it :) Keep on rocking!

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  4. Thank you for this!! One quick question, how do you start a new batch once you have the mother? Do you still add the same things you added originally (water, apples and honey), as well as the mother? . Thank you!!

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  5. I'm also curious how you start the new batch with the mother? And how long does it take before it's ready to consume? Thank you!

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  6. Did anyone add any extra water at anytime because I only have half a quart jar left after straining out the apples.

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    1. I always use a one gallon glass jar so I get a good amount when finished.

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  7. I am also curious if I have the mother does it take less of other items? Can I just put mother in water?

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  8. I'm confused as to what the Mother of Vinegar is and how you use it for the next batch when you didn't have it for the first batch. Is there a way to make white vinegar also?

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    1. It just helps the next batch turn to vinegar a lot quicker. :) You don't need it but having it saves you time in the future batches.

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    2. but I still would like to know how to do white vinegar. try as i may, i cant get used to acv.

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