Assuming your vinegar is at least 4% acidity, you should use alcohol of 5% or greater to make sure you hit at least 4.5% or so acidity. And that's all well and good, but can we take a second to address the very disturbing mass of gunk floating around in there? Some bacteria and yeast do poorly with oxygen exposure, like when making sauerkraut or wine. The bottle must have not been sealed tightly since the mother could only form with an air supply. Thank you for your reassuring reply. If the vinegar is not done, another mother will form and you are ok. Also note that moving or shaking your vessel can cause the mother to sink. 2020 Bustle Digital Group. Even if you have to add some white distilled vinegar to make sure it is covered, this is ok. Just found your site and must say I’m loving it. According to chiropractic physician Dr. Scott Schreiber, regular consumption of apple cider vinegar can also result in digestive support, weight loss, lower cholesterol, and blood sugar regulation. Can I save it ? Board Links Unidentified floating objects in vinegar. You can leave it in a barrel indefinitely if you fill the barrel all the way and leave no air space. Hi..I have a gallon jug of ACV that i bought (Braggs brand). The banana one smells like banana though so I was wondering if that smell will remain once I have strained the banana peels from the liquid. of mother of vinegar and 8 oz. Curious what you think about this. Hello, I have just made a 15% alcohol sour cherry wine whose pH is 9 ( that surprised me as the start pH was 3.2). Are they essentially the same, or different now having “fed” on different fruit base. It is still good and is vinegar, definitely not Kombucha. In submerged production of vinegar the power failure even for 30 secods is often said to seizure of process and death of acetobacteraceti. I think this may have happened to my vinegar although I did not see any mold – just a strong smell. I think it “overoxidized” so repeated air exposure allowed the bacteria to metabolize acetic acid to water and CO2 after their man food source, alcohol, was depleted. of red wine to make 32 oz. Thanks! and water a to a sterilized mason jar. If I fermented the vinegar in the same barrel is there a need to remove the mother before aging, or just minimize air contact? Many people are able to get mothers to form naturally from acetic acid bacteria in the air or fruit they use. Eventually, you’ll get a lovely layer of mother at the top of your vinegar. Last autumn I made cider from my cider apples. Thank you. Hi, the best would be to add mother of vinegar+water with a volume equal to the wine to get the ABV down to about 6% for vinegar fermentation. Once the mother is used up, it will sink to the bottom and another mother will form on the vinegar. Acetic acid fermentation is inhibited above 10% ABV. Pasteurization could work if you can’t fill the barrel but bacteria in the barrel may re-colonize the vinegar and form a new mother. So yes, that is a mother of vinegar on top. As the bacteria grow and produce vinegar, the mother can get heavier and heavier until it sinks. Also, watch for the mother to sink. Tonight I bottled the vinegar. The very top layer was dried out but the rest seemed fine. They still ferment vinegar all the same but the cellular machinery to make cellulose (vinegar mother) is missing or inactive. Kombucha is lower acidity and has a much shorter fermentation time than 3 months. Your fruit vinegars look fantastic – I’m not in the states, but will order some next time I am! After several days, a nice mother has formed, looks appropriately slimy and all I can say is even as a distiller who ages whiskies for years.. well, I’m in a big fat hurry for this to finish so I can taste it! If you want to ferment it, leave it open to air and a new mother should form on top and begin fermentation. Having bubbles appear when you add it isn’t necessarily abnormal. The SCOBY batch with the mother also smells much more funky and sour even though it tastes sweeter than the GTs batch. In a closed container where fermentation is halted, it just goes dormant. I used the Sandor Katz recipe for 2 batches of fruit scrap vinegar with no mother starter (fruit scraps, 1 qt water, 1/4 c sugar in glass jar covered with cheesecloth) — 1 is mixed berries and the other is peacotum (peachXapricotXplum fruit cross). Thanks. Thanks for your advice! Instructions: Because you are converting a vinegar Mother to a kombucha Mother, you need to grow it slowly in a small batch first so you don’t kill the vinegar Mother… It smells vinegary, tastes…not quite tangy enough, or like much of anything, so I’ve capped it till I can get a pH meter and check the acidity. That’s normal too. It’s versatile. You can use a hydrometer from a homebrew store. Your email address will not be published. You can use these mother discs to start new batches. Follow. Do I keep the ‘mother’, and place it in vinegar in a sealed container, and if so, how would I use it next? Washing the mother is something I am not familiar with and honestly it seems more like a folk tale. I have looked at some online. Here is a recipe I found online using cider: That is, fermented malted barley without hops which is destined to be distilled into whisky. pH should definitely be 3.5 or below, even below 3 for wine and some fruit vinegars. I have seen recipes on line using a certain amount of vinegar with the mother and a certain amount of hard cider or unfiltered, unpasteurized acv. You do not want air for a complex reason. That should penetrate the wood and kill everything. That way it can grow and ferment the alcohol below it. Let me know if this helps. Fermented carbohydrates are used to produce vinegar. Hi, I am just completing my first two batches of vinegar; an orange persimmon from garden fruit and a red wine. The piece of charcoal will cool in the wine and a mother … As I understood, the mashes above 16%alc must be stored? This batch is at the 3 month mark. Fruit flies don’t help with the fermentation, that is an old myth. I put boiling water into the barrel and re-filled with water and campden tablets for a few months and again had some of this purple slime inside the barrel. I’ve saved the mothers to use again. And in the same reasoning, I’ve been thinking about making vinegar inside the barrel, like some people do in Orleans method (I guess). of water to 16 oz. The SCOBY batch with the mother also smells much more funky and sour even though it tastes sweeter than the GTs batch. Check out Romper's new video series, Romper's Doula Diaries: Watch full episodes of Romper's Doula Diaries on Facebook Watch. I have NEVER used a California wine in my vinegar, only French, Italian and Spanish and it’s the best vinegar you’ll ever taste–everyone I give it to raves. Thank you……great support resource you have here! Q2. Should I remove some? I made apple cider vinegar by leaving raw pressed apple juice in a glass jug with a cloth over it. Since I added the juice, I can see that it’s growing another mother. It’s possible? My mother sank! Do store your mother in a container completely immersed in vinegar. In fact, you should not as it would disturb the mother. | The home of flavorful natural fruit vinegars. Can you store the mother in the refrigerator? That is not true. Thanks! I used a tablespoonful.Everything was going fine and after the sweet and sour taste and smell,it went bad. Some people add too much vinegar to apple cider and kill the yeast. You do not want the latter to happen since it gradually reduces the acidity of your vinegar until mold and bacteria happily take over.”. i’ve been reading you blog and I find it amazing and really informative. If there are raw yeast in the fresh apple juice to make alcohol for the vinegar to consume, it will end up fine. Non Cognomina adds that once the mother has done its work and the wine is pure vinegar, the mother will sink to the bottom of the jar. A scoby formed on top but after two weeks mold grew on top of my scoby. Load Comments. I’ve taken out over 12 mason jars of mother and now it cant even flow out of the spigot because the mother gets stuck. According to Karen Wright, Certified Nutrition Specialist at Metro Integrative Pharmacy in NYC, that unsightly mass is actually called "the mother," because of its reproductive qualities. If you want your regular flavor, you boil it to dissolve the sugar, and the vinegar bacteria will be killed but you will still have a raspberry (flavored) vinegar. If there is no raw or unpasteurized vinegar available at your local store, you can add a small piece of fresh fruit (like a slice of apple) or raisins to the diluted wine and they that should contain bacteria to help start the process. The recipe says to combine it in a jar with a tight fitting breathable cloth over the top and put it in a dark place for several months. Were you adding more hard cider over time or just more vinegar? My ACV fermented about 3 weeks. It’s still alive; you can rescue it and used it to make another batch. There are a lot of references to not disturbing the floating mother, positing that if it falls it will ‘rot’. The next thing to find is the alcohol … Thank you for your help. you should be ok. Make sure you close the new jug tightly. I wonder if you could advise me? If you are aging in the barrel, the best method is to fill the barrel completely full, with little air, and then plug the barrel. To get it out you can try turning the jug upside down over a large bowl or stainless steel pot (to catch the escaping vinegar) and once the mother clogs the opening, grab it and then begin to pull it out slowly so it won’t break. Thanks! What to do? PANIC! But now I have left the apples in the jars for quite a while – haven’t been stirring them either .. Is the batch ruined ? Hello, Is this normal or it means something is off? First, you do not need to stir vinegar while it is fermenting. And what do I do with this low acidity of the wine? Cleaning off the contact surfaces of the mist with dilute bleach or Lysol wipes is fine. Yeah, typically when you age you remove the mother and store it in a wooden cask filled to the brim. Second, once the alcohol is gone, they can ferment acetic acid to carbon dioxide and water. No, the cores/peels themselves will not ruin it. However, there is a concern if there is this much sugar left in your ACV that the acidity is quite low so you may want to check the pH to make sure it is at least under 3.7 and don’t use it for canning. Two bottles of my last batch of ACV have become sweet syrupy and very delicious. I have seen people try to stretch it too far (8 oz mother for 5 gallons of wine) and it generally isn’t successful. I made a bucket of vinegar with grated apples, cooled boiled water, Stirred once a day for a week ( covered it with a tea towel to keep any bugs out) After a week when it was fermenting nicely i strained it and added 3 cups of sugar then popped it in a wardrobe where i left it for 8-10 weeks and it had the best mother on it. This can be prevented by keeping the storage jar airtight. Your information is so interesting. Is it still ok to use? I have 2- 1/2gal jars of apple cider juice and some Bragg’s acv that I put back to ferment 9/5/2017, it’s now 9/28. of water to 16 oz. Would it be salvageable? You do not need many holes to circulate air in the barrel. One could suffice and I would not have more than two. The scalp has a ph of about 4.5 to 5.0. It’s sat, still covered, since then, waiting my attention and the boiling with sugar. If the jar is plastic it may also buckle due to the higher air pressure outside. thank you. apple cider vinegar and is ready to consume? Yes, you can but it isn’t strictly required as long as it is immersed in vinegar. Directions: Add 8 oz. In addition, the top hole I use to fill the barrel is usually small. All this time i only covered with a tea-towel and band, and I wasn’t too fussy about fruit flies as i thought they helped the vinegar process during the fermenting stage but not sure. Place the mother on the top of the pineapples so it has air contact. If you want, you can make vinegar using the lees in a separate container but then you have to deal with straining the vinegar out when you are done. Vinegar bacteria from the cider vinegar or the raspberries themselves (or both) then began forming a mother to convert this new alcohol to vinegar. non-optimal temperature, etc. My vinegars were on the floor in an area that did not get burned and we’re covered with a towel. At the top is a thick, white-ish pad that resembles and feels like a SCOBY. After 2 days I notice that my first mother is still in the bottom of the pot, and a new one is already appearing on the surface. Not a silly question and in fact, a very common one. What a fabulous resource you are providing here! Hi Karen, yes you can do that and the hope is the yeast will ferment the sugar to alcohol which your mother’s bacteria will rapidly ferment to vinegar and form another hopefully thick mother. Please email me at vinegarmaking@supremevinegar.com for info. Hey there ! But it seems to stop releasing gas Bc the percolator has stoped . Is the brownish color fuzzy? Save the mother to use in new batch. each jar had a mother disc on top of the vinegar. Thank yuu for your input! Entirely by accident, I have grown a rather significant scoba hotel ; or at least this is what I’ve been told. Depending on when the mother takes hold, not all of the sugar may be fermented to alcohol and the final vinegar content could be lower. The jar itself won’t contain enough oxygen to over-ferment the vinegar if there is air space but the usage of the oxygen over time by the vinegar could create a lower pressure in the jar that can make it harder to open latter. A quick rule of thumb is a pH below 3.5 means it is usable but it cannot guarantee what acidity it is. (1 qt.) of vinegar. What type of vinegar(s) can I use?. This ensures all the alcohol possible is formed and you get the strongest vinegar possible. My mother sank! Any alcohol can work including wine or cider though the taste will change. This is a new mother, so it’s only cloudy in the center instead of solid. "The pellicle is a cellulose mat formed by the bacteria. It is fine to leave the mother in. If the vinegar smells fine and there is no evidence of mold, etc. How do I later use the mother that I store (per your instructions) to make new vinegar? If we want to start another batch can we just mix some more apples and water in with the mother? Just kidding, it’s no big deal. Hi! What should I do? I blended it back into itself just to see what would happen. Apple cider vinegar with the mother is simply unrefined, unpasteurized and unfiltered ACV. A silly question I am sure. What would cause it to get so big? A note about mold I would submerge the mother in the vinegar you poured out or it will likely dry out and mold. And I sure hope it is: A gallon of this extra sour liquid will set you back just a fraction of the cost of prescription medication. You don’t need a huge piece. The vinegar tastes fine. Then I completed it with more new wine, at 8% alcohol concentration. One jar had a mother but the other 2 did not. If i make viniger but mother is not formed is it viniger. I have stored the mother correctly and i want to ask – Can i make my vinegar the same way as above and would i slip the mother into the bucket after the fermenting apples have been strained and sugar added before storing it to turn into vinegar? Should I worry and disinfect the entire room. If slimy they are mothers, if fuzzy they are mold. It smells OK but I was afraid to taste it. Could I add it to chopped windfall apples to make apple vinegar? I would cut it in half with water to get 4-5% alcohol by volume which is the best growth range. More accurate is to send it to a wine lab and have the acidity measured. But it’s still slightly bubbling . In regular barrels, I should drill a few more holes in order to circulate the oxygen. The best way is to pitch yeast into the strained fruit juice and after fermentation has completed (fizzing stops), add the raw vinegar. The mother will continuously grow at times to become huge and it is not an issue. If it exceeds 4% acidity (measured by titration) when done, just add water to dilute. Hello, I have a bottle of braggs acv purchased a few years ago that grew a large disc shaped mother. I stirred pineapples everyday for the first week of fermentation, do you think I need to do same way even mother is on top of pineapples? both the mother and the vinegar? (1 qt.) But having forgotten all about it, I’ve just noticed that it has a thick skin on top, which half sank when I touched it. A few mistakes were made, and we ended up with a Kahm yeast infection which threw an off flavor and ruined the whole batch. Does this usually happen when using Apple cider vinegar and fruit? I was advised to just let it sit longer, since I was going on vacation for a month. Then a new mother should form and fermentation will proceed. First, by getting the alcohol content up, it prevents unwanted bacteria from taking over. No joke. Adding more vinegar does not provide the alcohol that is needed and will stop, and possibly reverse, fermentation eventually. If the vinegar is not done, another mother will form and you are ok. Also note that moving or shaking your vessel can cause the mother to sink. In August I submerged a few pounds of raspberries in cider vinegar, covered, for a week or so, then strained off the raspberries. Continue and simply add sugar and heat until dissolved? Has a mother formed? There is a glob at the bottom of the jar and a thin slime on the top of the liquid that is sticking to the side of the jar a little bit. The wine will just dilute the vinegar and increase the alcohol which is the opposite of what you want. You might notice that not all apple cider vinegars sold in stores have this weirdness floating around on the bottom, and you're likely tempted to grab the non-icky variety — but not so fast. Since I added the juice to the mother before letting it turn to alcohol, will it still turn to vinegar? I was opening it and drinking it daily. As I added sugar to get a high-grade mash will I need to rest this wine before acetic fermentation? Directions: Add 8 oz. Regarding grape variety, do you know what grape variety is most used to make red wine vinegar? Directions: Add 8 oz. But the health benefits may not stop there. My mother sank! And what kind of 3 gallon container does it need to be or will just a plastic one work. If mold, unfortunately the batch has to be restarted and the jar sterilized. You could try CO2 in the headspace since there will be no fermentation but I don’t know what the effect of dissolved CO2 will be. I have a mother of vinegar that I received from a relative about 10 years ago. I tried to make 2 types of vinegars. Ok..how much of the hard vinegar do I buy and what are the steps to make it please. However, not all cider vinegar is cultured. Hi Alison, let me try to answer each question: 1) When you steeped the raspberries in the cider vinegar, it added sugar from the fruit. I washed and cored the apples, chopped them up placed them in a mash bin and drenched in boiling water to kill any wild yeast. My own apple cider vinegar ‘mother’ is floating at the bottom is it stil ok. Hi, the mother sinking is not an issue. To reap the touted benefits of apple cider vinegar, experts say the easiest way is to use it in dressings, sauces, and cooking. If the caps are not melted or distorted or there was no evidence of a steam pressure release from the caps, I assume the heat didn’t get hot enough to kill the cultures. You will still likely be ok. “Double fermentation” which is simultaneous alcoholic and acetic acid fermentation like what occurs in traditional vinegars in Asia/North Africa or in Kombucha is pretty common. If the smell is still strong and vinegary then it was not degraded enough to become spoiled. While the mother is fine at room temperature letting it be cold or hot is no big deal. If it is acidic enough it is vinegar. Hello, Thank you for all the information shared here. They made their own mothers. But still no growth observed. This is the visible form of the vinegar mother. ... Don’t forget to disinfect the bathroom sink and cabinet too with the same solution. There is no fuzzy or moldy growth at all that I can tell. When you … Should I keep it in the fridge, or a bottom cabinet where it is colder? All of my whisky barrels are 53 gallon (full size). Hello, I am a little confused, and was hoping you could help I have made ACV for the last 2 years by cutting up the apples adding the sugar and water and stirring daily, letting it ferment, and apples sink to the bottom (not all of them do). The vinegar is so strong. It had stopped about a week ago, I gave it a stir, and it started fermenting furiously — a mother reformed, the crud at the bottom was blooping away. How long has it been in the jars? The disc is about 1/2″ thick and 8″ in diameter. I recently had a fire that reached a few hundred degrees. 4 weeks is typically not enough. 1) If you are keeping it in an airtight container then you are basically aging it or storing it long-term. I made apple cider vinegar last fall and left it to ferment and age until now. Has she died? If the vinegar is not done, another mother will form and you are ok. Also note that moving or shaking your vessel can cause the mother to sink. After 4 weeks I had a good Mother but, handling my glass container, the mother has sink and I couldn’t make it float again. Both aerating and adding hydrogen peroxide removes the sulfites which is a good first step. I added new wine to the mixture and it does not smell any longer and there is a white cap on top. The “mother” is an essential ingredient of unfiltered apple cider vinegar (such as Braggs, developed by Paul Bragg, a nutritionist). Hi, you could just add a piece of the mother (1/4″ length is fine) to the new vinegar batch. The only way to be sure is to measure acidity using titration (like a wine acidity kit) and making sure it is between 4-5% acidity. How do we know when the vinegar is ready. It is hard to tell without titrating for acidity or measuring the pH. (Gross, but there it is.) Hi! When the vinegar mother eventually sinks to the bottom of the crock, throw it out or give a slab to a friend so they can make … The flavor does not have to be intense–keeping it fermenting longer can have a combined effect of fermentation and aging so that the aging reduces the sharpness of taste. It could also be due to alcoholic fermentation haven begun in your apple cider and CO2 was released after adding the mother. My sense is they are ok…….. also thought to put a couple oz. After 1 week I drained the fruit out and continued fruitless fermentation for 4 weeks. If the health claims are true, apple cider vinegar could be the future. Do this by sliding the mother aside with a clean utensil, and pour the wine in. It came from a very old mother that my relative carried over 20 some years ago from France. will eliminate the preservatives. It smells good, tastes good, and whether you are using it now or aging it for extra flavor, you have a right to be proud of yourself. I have a fresh batch of red wine at approximately 12.5% abv; not sure about the pH or acidity at this time. Have no idea what has happened but would love to repeat this. As far as testing acidity, there are two measurements–acidity and pH. No the mothers don’t ‘rot’, there are ideas that they may slow fermentation due to absorbing some dissolved oxygen from the liquid but I have never had huge issues with this. My question is, will this really work with unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider or do I need to use hard cider? Check the pH first. Yes, I am nearly 100% sure that is mother of vinegar. You don’t have to remove it but make sure the cap is twisted on the jug tight if you do not want it to re-grow. On a 2 month old processed cider, I used a baster to collect a taste test and the mother sank. In my last comment i meant apple cider vinegar specifically. This apple cider mother of vinegar is perfect for making up to 1 quart (32 oz.) There was a smooth disk of slimy mother but also another partial disk that was whiter, thicker in depth and looking sort of like a sponge, or like it had been foam that then sort of became more solid. The reason is two-fold. Removing the mother from barrels can be difficult which is why nowadays many companies ferment using tanks and then age in barrels. I’m decanting today and covering the mother with aging wine. Maybe a CO2 layer on top of the vinegar would help? Hard to tell. I also committed the sin of letting air in instead of sealing as that’s what I was always told but after reading your article have sealed now . While you can safely store the apple cider vinegar at room temperature, it will continue to ferment if you do so. Most mold growing on mothers is white, green, or purple but if it is fuzzy and not slimy it is mold and you want to dump that batch, sterilize, and try again. The mother only needs air for fermentation. Thank you for your reply. And can the strained out fruits be fermented to make a completely new vinegar, or should I just eat the fruits and get fresh fruit to start a new vinegar? If no mother forms, you need to add some kind of live vinegar to get it going. Are there any characteristics I should be looking for when trying to determine when to bottle it and stop the fermentation with the mother? However, if it was opened frequently (even only once per week) the air could replenish and provide enough it the headspace of the bottle to continue fermentation. There are some cases where strains of bacteria continue fermentation without a mother. Is it visible? It’s now three months later and there is a nice mother on top but it doesn’t seem to smell of vinegar. 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