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  1. Amy C

    Ok, I found you this morning and now wonder where you have been all my life. That said, I have been dying to make vinegar, but am afraid. With just a cheese cloth covering, is the odor noticeable in your kitchen?

    • Crunchy Betty

      Amazingly enough – no. However, I did put it in a jar (actually, it’s a big glass vase) that has a barrel base and a thinner top, so that might be helping with the smell.

      The only time I can smell it at all is if I lift off the cheesecloth and stick my nose inside and inhale.

      Needless to say, I don’t do that very often.

      Welcome!

  2. ani

    This is so cool! I buy Bragg’s by the gallon, so this would be very nice for me. But I’m wondering if that bit you have there is a starter that you can use to make more ACV, or is that it? It seems like a lot of work for not very much vinegar.

    • Crunchy Betty

      Well, my plan is to save a good bit of the mother to use as a starter for next time. The amount is probably a little more than it looks like, because of the particular jar and the angle. I eyeballed it, and I think it’s about enough to fill up one of those Bragg bottles.

      I, too, thought it was pretty meager for the amount of apples I used – but! – it was just the cores and the peels mostly, and I think if I do this again, I’ll just blend up whole apples and juice those. The cost will actually be pretty similar, I think, to buying ACV (if apples stay the price they are now, which they won’t, ’cause they’re not in season right now). Toward the fall, I expect it’ll be far more economical to do it this way than to buy Bragg’s.

      That being said, I love and trust Bragg’s, so it’s not a function of wanting to make something that’s less toxic than store-bought. Mostly, this was just an exercise in “learning how to do things the olden way.” You know, just in case I need to know some day.

      • ani

        Hmm – that makes me wonder if I can use the mother from my Bragg’s to start some. Do you know anything about that? I know it grows be/c it often clogs up the squirt top of the bottle I keep in the shower for my hair even though I strain it when I make the solution.

        • Crunchy Betty

          Y’know, I don’t see how it WOULDN’T work. I’d never thought to pay attention, but now that you mention it, the mother in my bottles grows, too, but only after it’s been opened (and used) a few times. It’s probably the oxygen that’s helping it work. So if you put a little mother in the apple cider/juice, the oxygen that you’ll be letting in will help it do its fermenty work even better.

          I say go for it, if you try it. In fact, I may just try to pull a little out of one of my bottles and put it in what I’ve got going up there. Maybe I can speed it up even more. Ha!

  3. oh my god…only yesterday I was reading that one can make apple cider vinegar at home and today you posted this but seriously four months coz I have no idea where beer or wine yeasts are available…thats like crazy and then keeping in a warm place is again a problem :( but yup nothing is better than homemade and organics things :) would love to see the progress and results and then probably I’ll give it a try in the summers…

    • Crunchy Betty

      I got my beer yeast from a local brewery (which is where Skip works), so you could ask any local brewery if they have any. Also, I’ve read that wine making stores have them, though I have no idea what those are (I’ve never seen one). But a local brewery or maybe a place that makes local wine would have some.

      All the websites I perused said they come in cakes, but mine was just loose yeast granules … so hopefully it’s the right stuff.

  4. I don’t usually use (or even have) that many apples at any one time… do you think this would work if I saved up my cores and skins in the freezer until I had enough?

    • Crunchy Betty

      That’s a great idea, Stephanie. I think as long as it doesn’t destroy the sugars in the apples (I don’t see why it would), it would be a GREAT alternative to just going out and buying a giant load of apples for vinegar-specific purposes.

      You and your freezer! It always offers such great options – and I don’t even think about it.

      Also, I did read that you can continue to add “juice” up to 2 weeks after starting your vinegar, so if you went through a couple of heavy-apple-eating weeks, that might solve the saving-up problem too.

  5. I can’t wait to hear how this turns out! I bet it’ll be great! The boys and I need to try this. It seems like it could pass for a science fair project!

  6. Seriously, this is amazing and I hope it works out because…I am on the HCG diet and can only have apple cider vinegar. If I can make it at home, that would be…awesomesauce!!!!

    • Crunchy Betty

      Haha. I haven’t heard awesomesauce in forevs! I don’t know much about this HCG diet … I’ll have to look into it! Curious.

      Send good vinegar vibes. It’s feeling vibealicious already, but it can always use more!

  7. Soccy

    I have a juicer. Can’t I just juice the apples in there and use that, rather than using the bowl on a bowl method?

  8. Amy C

    Mine are juicing now, and of course there are pictures for prosperity!

  9. Margie

    Organic apple cider vinegar is so stupidly expensive here, apparently more of a novelty than a staple in most houses. Organic apples, however, are a good price in season, and my child practically lives off of them to the point of my being sick of them. At the top of my shopping list there’s usually Fruit (not just apples!!!) So, good to know that all the peels he refuses to eat and the cores are actually good for something that could potentially save me money 4 months into the future. And the fact that I can just forget about it for that long means that it would be really hard for me to screw it up, like my translucent brown coconut milk fiasco. :-)

  10. I love that you posted this and gave all the details of how to make it! I’m curious how it came out!?!? Do you have an update?

  11. Thank you for the recipe. I have an apple tree in my backyard and love apple cider vinegar. This is the first year I plan to combine the two.

    So, I’m wondering, how did yours turn out?

    • Crunchy Betty

      Aha. I knew someone would ask sooner or later, even though I hate my answer. I moved while my vinegar was “vinegaring.” The first day I moved into the new apartment, I set my container out on the back deck, just to keep it out of the way. Then … I forgot to bring it in. Five days later, I look out at it, and the cover had blown off and it was full of leaves and dirt. :( So, sadly I don’t have a report to give. I plan on trying again this fall when apples are all over the place and in season. In the meantime, if you have a good report soon, I would LOVE to hear it!

  12. Margie

    Mine molded. Probably because my brain decided to omit the step where you strain out the juice and toss the scraps. Yeah, I just had a big jar of mushy scraps molding away on my cupboard behind my cooking utensils can. Me = Epic fail. (shaking my head)
    I want to give up but the price of apple cider vinegar is ludicrous here. Not even organic stuff, not even a big jug of it, just a lil ol bottle of No Name. Stupidly priced.
    My contempt for the price of ACV is the only reason I am saving up apple scraps in my freezer again for round 2. Ok brain, it’s go time.

    • Margie

      Success!
      My vinegar is all tart Apple goodness with all sorts of mother floating around in it. Hooray! This is my concrete evidence that I’m not a complete failure. Haha

  13. Nick

    Hello, I have some questions.
    I am making my vinegar but the problem is the cores keeps floating over the water and there is something looks like mold but I am not sure if it’s mold or mother.
    please help me.. I really need to know if it’s ok to keep it or should I just throw it away and start a new batch.
    the cores keep floating…!!
    thanks a lot

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