A while back, I made cider vinegar. My vinegar is now running out, so I’m going to try using my mother to convert apple juice into cider vinegar. I was reading mossgrownstone’s re-use of mother, and feel encouraged by her results.
I also got a message that read:
I came across you blog while trying to find an answer to my homemade vinegar question. It was an old post so I hope your vinegar turned out and is all done vinegaring 🙂
Mine is at the six week post apple strain and looks great, smells great, and tastes like Bragg’s tho a bit weaker. My question is, I have a lot of the while floaties (sinkies?) at the bottom of the jar -maybe a quarter inch deep in a 2 gallon glass crock- but it hasn’t developed the spongie disk that forms at the top that is described in a lot of directions. Did your develop the spongie disk? If not, did it still turn out fine?
I thought I would answer here in case others were wondering.
First of all, having homemade vinegar feels great. When I use it, I don’t have moral issues with the source, harvest, and the food/grocery industry. That is freedom.
Second, if you look at Mossy_stone’s vinegar post, you’ll see that the mother could take different forms. Like I said after a couple of weeks, even without a mother, it seemed like I had vinegar. So my advice to Lisa would be expect the traditional disk later. I did get the spongy disk and it grew thicker over time, but when I look at your quantity — 2 gallons — I wonder if more time would be required to develop the environment for a mother. I haven’t attempted a large quantity, and most likely will stay small because of storage space and usage. I’ll post here about reusing mother with apple juice when the time comes.
Last week, it formed a mother on top! I feel success coming to me….
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