Apple Cider Vinegar, also known as ACV is a vinegar made from fermented apples. It has gained a great deal of popularity recently due to media attention around its potential benefits. Making vinegar is one of the oldest fermentation processes known to humankind. Apple Cider Vinegar has been made for thousands of years. You will find it is used for everything from dressing a salad to a household cleaning product.
Apple Cider Vinegar is very easy to make at home. We sell raw, unpasteurised Apple Cider Vinegar starters which include the mother. From our ACV starter mothers you will be able to make a lifetimes supply of Apple Cider Vinegar.
The ACV mother is a complex structure of bacteria and acetic acids. It looks similar to a Kombucha Scoby and forms in the same way. Most shop bought Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) does not include the mother in the bottling process because it's been filtered and distilled out during the pasteurisation process. That process also kills any of the bacteria found in the raw version.
Raw, unpasteurised vinegar have a murky appearance and still contain parts of the mother culture. The bacteria continue to form new mothers even after the initial mother used has been removed. If you are looking to use Apple Cider Vinegar we highly recommend you use the raw, unpasteurised version.
Your order will contain an ACV mother and some starter vinegar. This is enough to make a 1 litre of raw Apple Cider Vinegar. Don't worry though; the mother grows pretty fast so your be making much more in no time at all.
Once you receive your ACV from us, it's best to get it fermenting as soon as possible.
You need something to ferment your ACV in. We recommend using something glass. Glass is much easier to clean and keep sterile. Plastic tends to degrade over time and is prone to scratches which can harbour unwanted bacteria. Plastic also carries a risk of chemical contamination from the materials contained inside of it such as BPA. A glass Kilner style jam jar is perfect to use.
You also need something to cover your jar with. We recommend paper kitchen towels as they are easy to discard and replace. You can also use a muslin cloth or similar if you wish. Rubber bands also come in handy to secure the cover to the jar.
What ingredients do I need?
You only need one ingredient to make ACV. Apple juice. It needs to be 100% pure apple juice with nothing added. NEVER try to make Apple Cider Vinegar from an apple juice made from concentrate.
How to make Apple Cider Vinegar:
After 8 weeks have passed, your vinegar should be murky and you will usually see a new mother has formed. At this point, taste your vinegar. It should not have any sweetness to the taste. If it does, it will need a little longer.
Making the next batch of Apple Cider Vinegar
At this stage you will usually now have two mothers. It is unusual for a new mother not to form with each batch of vinegar made. However, it sometimes does happen. This does not usually indicate a problem.
Always ensure you keep some of the vinegar as a starter for the next batch. You will need around 100ml of vinegar as a starter for every litre you wish to make. This is really important, without the starter vinegar added, you run the risk of mould forming. If you now have several mothers, add one to each batch. However, you can make Apple Cider Vinegar just by using the starter vinegar.
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