Homemade Vinegar Part 2

Morning All..

So today we are doing an update on our Vinegar that we started the blog with.   Homemade Vinegar Part 1 is our third try at homemade vinegar.  So far Rob says it is working.  We have created a mother.  I tell him that it looks like a dirty jar. 

He assures me it is a mother.   Here is his explanation…   “what happens is  when you put a vinegar mother into wine it will float on top, then as the mother eats all the sugars in the wine it will sink and what is on top is vinegar.  So, right now the mother should be on the bottom of the jar with the vinegar on top”

So in theory there is a mother on the bottom….

Still looks like a dirty jar.   So now we are comtemplating who will be the daring one and try the fluid to see if it is vinegar or just nasty cheap rotten wine.  Rob doesnt like wine or vinegar and I am scared.  This conversation and negotiation went on for a couple minutes.  Then Nik was walking  by and heard us talking about it.  He said “I’ll do it”.  He does have an iron stomach.  And he is the healthiest one in the house right now.  Hmmmmmmmmmm how bad parenting is this. Then he said “cmon Mom.  I love vinegar!!”     So here is how it went.

He was actually excited to try it..
Then the try….

Then the face that shows the result..

Sooooooooooooooooooooooo this was fail #3.   Robbie thinks it is because the wine didnt have enough sugar in it.  And when he scraped the bottom there wasnt much mother in it, if any.   Buying this would be much cheaper, but it makes the hubby happy.. keeps him busy and out of my hair…. and as any wife will tell you.. that is worth quite a bit in itself.

Happy Failures!!!

Attempt at Homemade Vinegar

Rob and I love making things that are easier to buy at the store, ourselves.  Some say this is cool, others say this is just us being gluttons for punishment.  Plus this is my first post, so thought it would be an interesting one since we can now have this be ongoing..

First of all, a thing about vinegar.  Vinegar is the biproduct of a fermentation process.  A large gnarly disc of a yeast, called a mother will eat all the sugars in wine and the biproduct is vinegar.   To make your own vinegar you need a mother.  You can buy them or you can  make your own but you cant use standard vinegar.  It has been pasteurized to kill the mother.  So you need to find an unpastuerized one. 

Now you may ask why you would want to make your own vinegar.. Again see above.. we are gluttons who want to be able to play.. so this is what we did.

So here goes.  This was actually our third attempt.   The first was en epic three month fail..  the original vinegar had been pasteurized.  The second we had used this vinegar but had listened to someone who told us to aerate it.. and we got a mother but she was a moldy mother.  Not good to eat.    So dont try this until we have reposted if it worked!

  First of all the ingredients. 

Red Wine Vinegar
1 open topped gallon jar
2 bottles red wine
1 cup unpastuerized vinegar
cheesecloth
rubberband

First off… the ingredients.

Make sure that you have thoroughly washed out your jar with alot of hot soapy water and rinsed well.    Then add the cup of vinegar.  We used one we got at a farmers market.

Then add your wine.  We used a kind of, hell VERY cheap wine from Walmart.  It was a whopping $3 a bottle.    Once we are sure this will work we will use a better type but we didnt want to waste a good bottle in case this became Failed Attempt 3. 



Cut the cheese cloth so that is able to be folded into 4 layers and still fit over the lid of the jar.   Then secure with a rubberband.

Viola… your finished product should look like this.

Now find a room temperature place, with out too much direct sunlight that will not be disturbed too much!   Let is sit for 2 weeks then check on it. 

We will post again when we have checked it and update for you all..

Thanks for reading..

Kim