Homemade red wine vinegar.
Homemade red wine vinegar. It's not difficult to make our own homemade red wine vinegar. Just a few easily accessible items are all that's needed. We can make our own or use store-bought products and dispel with all the labor involved. In doing so, we lose out on all the fun and satisfaction of our homemade creations. There is something about creating homemade products such as homemade red wine vinegar that is very fulfilling, and I'm sure it will become a labor of love. We can derive a great deal of satisfaction and fulfillment in making homemade products.
If we're into brewing wine or beer, then all the better. We will already have to hand in some of the skills we're going to need. If not, then creating our own homemade red wine vinegar is going to be a worthwhile pursuit. We have complete control over the processes. I like to know what's in the things I consume wherever possible. In some products, store-bought red wine vinegar contains acetic acid watered down. Consuming products like that, we lose some of the vitality and life born from living products made holistically. I want to keep this post as simple as possible. I may, in a future post, be covering other essential aspects of vinegar creation and usage. Maybe then we may get a little more technical and dig into some of the science involved. Until that time, I hope you enjoy this post. Remember always keep safe in your pursuits. Respect others and the environment where you live.
Homemade vinegar from red wine
For my homemade red wine vinegar I began by making a batch of red wine from grapes. Buying a kit from the store is another option to make the wine. If we don't want to go to all the trouble of brewing bottled wine is another choice. For those into making herbal medications creating our own red wine vinegar has many advantages and valuable lessons.
We can use regular brewing equipment
Making homemade Red wine vinegar is similar to brewing wine. Red wine is the first thing were going to need. So use brewing equipment if one has it to hand. We need to keep everything sterile so sterilize the equipment well. Next we need warmth. A warm a cupboard, incubator, or box with a heater. A brewers heat belt works well too.
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Homemade red wine vinegar starter for the conversion
We need the wine to be converted into vinegar with the aid of bacteria. We get these from a commercial starter or we can add the sediment from a previous homemade batch. We can also use apple cider vinegar with the mother. Always try to use organic non pasteurised products where possible. Pasteurised products have the killed off the live cultures.
We need to keep the wine dark and warm
The wine to Homemade red wine vinegar conversion needs the right temperature and air circulation. 70-80 degrees I found worked well. We will soon know when the conversion is working because we will notice a new aroma. We must keep the lid off the vessel. I placed a tight meshed curtain over my fermenter with an elastic band to secure. This keeps flies out and allows air flow. I used a thick black bin bag to keep out the light
Conversion to Homemade red Wine Vinegar
In a month or two if we take a peek. Being careful not to disturb the vessel. We will notice a skin has formed this is the active acetobacter doing their work. Sometimes it might look like a foam. We must be patient keep the vessel well covered. The wait will be worth it. Its always good to keep an eye on temperature.
A heated box for homemade red wine vinegar
In another batch I constructed a small heated incubator with a thermostat and heater. An incubator will manage the temperatures better. Keeping the temperature constant helps the conversuion process in making homemade red wine vinegar. See my post on making an incubator in the menu
In time a slime film formed this is the mother
When the conversion is well underway a slimey mother may form. This is the bacteria busy at work forming the mother that will make our red wine into a successful homemade red wine vinegar. We can use this vinegar for making tinctures, Essences. Vinegar is good a solvent in herbal works. We can macerate our herb in homemade red wine vinegar.
Taste test to see is its complete
We can taste test to ensure the conversion is complete. Keep all tools sterilized. I use pipettes to draw off a small amount. I taste to see if it tastes pleasing and vinegar to taste. If it does then bottle up in clean sterile bottles. We can use the homemade vinegar from red wine on our salads. We can use it as a solvent in our remedy's to extract the essentials. We can dilute a tablespoon daily for good health. Lab operators into Spagyrics or Alchemy may want to process this further. I'll be creating a post soon.
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