Remember my Prospective Mothers post? Don’t worry if you don’t, they all died.
This guy was doing well for a while. He was a blob I found in a bottle of vinegar I had in my pantry. Alas, it was a short life. Today I took him out of the pantry to feed him and he was covered in mould. Not a good look.
That is the bad news, now for the good news. Remember the two jars I featured in my In My Kitchen post – November 2013? It was an experiment using Bragg’s organic vinegar as a “starter” – they are faring much better
Here is the photo I took last November. The jar on the left is Bragg apple cider vinegar and local apple cider. The jar on the right is Bragg apple cider vinegar, red wine and water.
The top photo is the apple cider vinegar today. It is doing very well, I have replenished it twice now and harvested two small bottles of vinegar. The red wine vinegar is also alive but it is a little slower than the cider vinegar.
These two jars are the only success I have had from all my experiments. I followed the instructions from this site. They advised, if you are lucky enough to know someone who has a vinegar plant going, all you need to start is some natural vinegar from their plant. If you are not so lucky use commercial unpasteurized, unfiltered vinegar. Since I didn’t know anyone with a plant, I used Bragg’s vinegar. Bragg’s is the only brand of raw unfiltered vinegar I am aware of but I am sure there are others. It is an American brand but is readily available in Australia at health food stores. I bought mine locally.
To the natural vinegar add an equal quantity of apple cider or wine & water (⅔ wine, ⅓ water). Give it a really good stir, put in a couple of strands of dry spaghetti (according to the site, the bacteria like breeding on the spaghetti). Cover with cloth and wait.
The cider I used is made with real apples and has no additives, preservatives and sulphurs. The wine was some red Maus didn’t like.
Making vinegar is something I have always wanted to do and these are the first steps in what I hope will be a productive journey. The vinegar you produce is raw unfiltered and will contain some mother and is reportedly very, very good for you. If you do a “google” search you will be amazed at all the health benefits that are attributed to it. Many take a spoonful a day for medicinal purposes. Lisa from the Gourmet Wog starts her day with two tablespoons of Bragg vinegar mixed into a glass of cold water.