Homemade Red Wine Vinegar

So I got a line on a 100 year old vinegar mother from the old Cribari wine family. I got my instructions and I'm ready to go. Truth be told: I was a little apprehensive about the wooden barrel. They are expensive, require curing, and though picturesque, they're not the best thing for vinegar. The cute little spigots get clogged up with mother and the bung hole in the top isn't big enough to actually get the vinegar out. They make them with lids especially for vinegar, but those cost $200. I'm so happy I found this glass, Italian-made cask at Oak Barrel Wine Craft on San Pablo in Berkeley. $36 and I'm in business. Ready to make my vinegar. It's picturesque in its own way don't you think?

This is the cask out of its casing.

This is the straw-lined basket it nestles in to control temperature and encourage air flow.
Here's the set up ready-to-go.
Here I am pouring in the mother. Now, we wait…….

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  1. Posted April 16, 2009 at 6:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m excited. Can’t wait to see how it turns out.

  2. Vanessa
    Posted April 17, 2009 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    How long are you still here? Would love to see you before you move away. I can’t believe you’re moving away….

  3. Posted April 30, 2009 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    I NEED to make my own vinegar after seeing that cute cask!

    I pickle so why not make vinegar …

  4. Posted November 3, 2009 at 10:49 am | Permalink

    Great site,this information really helped me , I really appreciate it.Thanks a lot for a bunch of good tips. I look forward to reading more on the topic in the future. Keep up the good work! This blog is going to be great resource. Love reading it.

  5. Nathalie
    Posted January 13, 2011 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi Vanessa

    I’m super interested in trying this myself but am having a hard time finding the vinegar mother. Could you point me in the right direction?


  6. Posted January 14, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Hi Nathalie,

    Thanks for stopping by. Don’t know where you live but here is one source I know via mail order

    Farm Curious: http://www.farmcurious.com/equip/cultures/
    they have all sorts of items for the urban homesteader from chicken equipment to beekeeping supplies to cheesemaking kits. Good luck with your vinegar. Let me know how it works out!

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