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Red Wine Vinegar - is it still good?

topic posted Tue, May 8, 2007 - 7:49 AM by  Dusty Nipple...
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I have a bottle of red wine vinegar which I rarely use. I went to use it the other day and noticed a lot of settling of 'sediment' at the bottom. I shook it up and the sediment didn't re-combine with the vinegar, it's still there. Is the vinegar still good? Could I strain out the sediment and use it? I guess I thought vinegar lasted forever, is this wrong?
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  • Re: Red Wine Vinegar - is it still good?

    Tue, May 8, 2007 - 11:01 AM
    the sediment is the last of the bacteria that made the vinegar. With nobody left to eat the left overs they are preserved.

    The vinegar is actually the excrement of the bac. that eats the sugars, eventually they eat so much that they live in their poo, and then they can't eat thier poo and they die. Lots of commercial vinegars filter them out, if you have some left that means that you had a good vinegar that was "living" when you bought it..

    Don't worry about the sediment at all, it is a sign of a good vinegar at times.

    It is harmless, and can be filtered if you like.

    I use an apple vinegar with a "mother"; a large disc of brown muck, a bacteria colony, which only needs a wee bit of apple juice now and again to keep living. A good "mother" can be hundreds of years old, like sour dough breads.

    And for the record, a strong vinegar vcan last forever, a weak vinegar >5% a strong vinegar <5%.

    Cheers
    • Re: Red Wine Vinegar - is it still good?

      Tue, May 8, 2007 - 11:42 AM
      Wow, that's an awesome explanation. Thank you. Though I don't think I'll ever look at vinegar the same way again. And I think I'll be buying a new bottle of red wine vinegar where at least the bacteria and poo aren't visible to my eye. Sometimes, ignorance is bliss, ya know?
  • Re: Red Wine Vinegar - is it still good?

    Wed, May 9, 2007 - 11:35 AM
    Did you know that dog poo is the poo of dogs? SORRY. Coudn't stop myself.
    • Re: Red Wine Vinegar - is it still good?

      Wed, May 9, 2007 - 12:17 PM
      "I use an apple vinegar with a "mother"; a large disc of brown muck, a bacteria colony, which only needs a wee bit of apple juice now and again to keep living. A good "mother" can be hundreds of years old, like sour dough breads."

      I screamed at a friend for tossing my mother out once. It's such a good way to use up the old wine and cider. Always check the bottom of your bottle to see if you have one growing. Usually you can find them in the organic apple cider vinegar you find at health food stores.

      ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/5000/5346.html
      www.gangofpour.com/diversio...gar1.html
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        Re: Red Wine Vinegar - is it still good?

        Fri, May 11, 2007 - 9:19 AM
        Can you add wine and cider to the same "mother"?

        You wrote:
        I screamed at a friend for tossing my mother out once. It's such a good way to use up the old wine and cider. Always check the bottom of your bottle to see if you have one growing. Usually you can find them in the organic apple cider vinegar you find at health food stores.

        Re: Red Wine Vinegar - is it still good?Wed, May 9, 2007 - 12:17 PM
        "I use an apple vinegar with a "mother"; a large disc of brown muck, a bacteria colony, which only needs a wee bit of apple juice now and again to keep living. A good "mother" can be hundreds of years old, like sour dough breads."

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