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 Post subject: Homemade Vinegar
PostPosted: Wed Feb 29, 2012 8:50 pm 
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Vinegar
PostPosted: Thu Mar 01, 2012 5:27 pm 
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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)?

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Vinegar
PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:19 pm 
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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.


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Vinegar
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 7:35 pm 
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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!


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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Vinegar
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2012 8:06 pm 
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Good job!

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Vinegar
PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:29 pm 
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interesting! thanks for posting this up

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 Post subject: Re: Homemade Vinegar
PostPosted: Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:04 pm 
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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.


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