Homemade Vinegar
Page 1 of 1

Author:  bobgilbert56 [ Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:50 pm ]
Post subject:  Homemade Vinegar

I am experimenting with making my own vinegar for weed control. I use my Mr. Beer (2 gallon size) batch residue for the yeast and added 2 lbs of sugar. This ferments for 2 weeks and then I added 1/2 cup of Organic vinegar with Mother from the Health Store. This should have the vinegar bacteria and I will let this ferment for 2-4 weeks. I plan to test acid value to determine strength.
So far, I have $2.20 in the batch to make 2 gallons.
Normal 10% organic vinegar sells for around $9.00/gl.
I usually need 2 gallons per summer to treat weeds.
I will update this post with the results.

Author:  northwesterner [ Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:27 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Homemade Vinegar

Sounds intriguing!

How do you stabilize it once it is finished brewing? Or does it hit a level and stay put if you remove most of the mother (and use it for another batch)?

Author:  bobgilbert56 [ Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:19 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Homemade Vinegar

The bacteria are self limiting and will die if the acid concentration gets too high or oxygen too low. I will remove a little mother for the next batch and simply jug it up. It will keep as long as the cap is tight.

Author:  bobgilbert56 [ Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Homemade Vinegar

Vinegar strength is now at 9-10% so I will bottle it up as I have applied it to weeds and it killed in 2 days. I added 2 oz of orange oil ($15/QT) to each gallon so total cost per gallon is about $2.00.
I am enjoying my backyard now watching the weeds die from my homeade vinegar while having a homemade beer!
Microbes are great!

Author:  northwesterner [ Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:06 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Homemade Vinegar

Good job!

Author:  kb5won [ Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Homemade Vinegar

interesting! thanks for posting this up

Author:  bobgilbert56 [ Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:04 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Homemade Vinegar

Just an update on vinegar use this summer. Total cost for 4 gallons- $8.00.
It was all I needed for the weeds. I also used a gallon on my yard during fertilizing.
I am keeping 1 gallon over the winter so I do not have to make it until it gets hot enough to grow the vinegar bac at the recommended temperature.

Page 1 of 1 All times are UTC - 6 hours
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group