This post have been a long time coming.
So I’m not a fermenting expert or a scientist (yet), but I can tell you how to throw together some apple cider vinegar and it will most likely turn out.
Water – Sugar – Apples – Air – Wait…
For a 1 gallon container (glass preferably)
I like to fill my 1 gallon container with a 1/2 gallon of non-chlorinated water, then add 1 Tbsp raw sugar. This is your basic ratio. The reason this isn’t quiet as complicated as normal ferments is because you are adding a bunch of extra sugar with all the apples, so if your water/sugar ratio is off then oh well….
Then I add a bunch of cut up apples. I like to save cores, scraps, skins, etc for this. We also have an apple tree, so I pick up the bruised ones, chop them up and throw them in. Add quite a bit. If there is more room to spare in your jar then add more of the sugar/water mix until it’s pretty full. Put a cloth (non cheesecloth, unless you want fruit flies) over the top and secure with a string or rubber band. I use all those pesky produce rubber bands for my ferments.
For the first week, open and stir your mix about 3x a day with a plastic or wooden spoon.
For the second week, stir 1x per day.
I usually forget about it on the third week.
At this point it’s usually done. Taste it. If you want more vinegar flavor then let it go longer. If not then go ahead and strain it and keep it in an air tight container.
If you would like to grow your own mother to do this whole process a bit faster, strain and then put the cloth back on and let it sit for awhile… maybe a month or two.
That’s it. So easy.
Things I use ACV for:
Making “buttermilk” – if you add 1 tsp ACV to 1 cup plant based milks it will curdle and make “buttermilk.”
ACV shots. Yep I take a shot ever now and then. It’s good for you.
I use it as conditioner. 1/2 water, 1/2 ACV. This is where the homemade vin comes in handy, because Bragg’s isn’t cheap and if you are dumping it on your head, it will go quick.
Bread! My new bread maker calls for a little white vinegar in all the recipes, I just use ACV.
GOOD LUCK! – Leave questions in the comments!