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How to Make Grape Vinegar

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Spice up your recipes with grape vinegar. The strength of the vinegar, which is made by converting sugars to alcohol, depends on the amount of sugar you use. Fruit juice can provide the amount of sugar necessary for the fermentation process. However, preservatives can affect the quality and taste of your vinegar, so choose pure juice or make it yourself by using fresh grapes. Use your homemade vinegar to make salad dressing or for pickling recipes.

What You Need to Get Started

· Juicer

· Grapes or 8 cups pure grape juice

· Nonmetallic mixing bowl and spoon

· 8 cups unfiltered apple cider vinegar

· Nonmetallic funnel

· Gallon glass jug with an air seal

· Glass bottles

Step 1

Use your juicer to juice your grapes until you have 8 cups or 1/2 gallon juice.

Step 2

Pour the juice into a non-metallic bowl, and add the vinegar to the bowl. The vinegar contains the cultures you will need to convert your grape juice into vinegar.

Step 4

Place the jug in a dark location with a temperature maintained between 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Step 5

Taste your mixture once every couple weeks after four months to see if it has reached the strength you desire. It may take up to six months before your vinegar is ready.

Step 3

Use the funnel to transfer the vinegar mixture into the gallon jug.

Steps 6

Store your finished vinegar in glass bottles.

References

The Grape and Granary; How to Make Vinegar; 2009

Karlonia; How to Make Vinegar: A Simple Recipe; Kristie Leong; 2008


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Comments

jovelynvasquez on July 19, 2015:

i have a grapes business and i really wanted to know how to recycle them even if its too much overriped..

twilightrose on October 09, 2014:

This is my second time making this vinegar, after a very successful batch two years ago, I am finding that I miss having it around to add to salads and as my secret ingredient in chocolate cakes. I made a full gallon, using a glass cider bottle, a champagne cork, some tubing from the hardware store, and a small plastic bottle filled with water to let the gases out, it works perfectly! Thank you for these instructions!

Debora Mesmarian on September 17, 2013:

Question: Should I seal the jugs tight before storing them for 4 to 6 months? Or, should I cover the open jugs with a thin cloth? Does this method turn the grape juice to wine first, then to vinegar?

Rachelle Williams from Tempe, AZ on September 19, 2011:

Grape vinegar, eh? Interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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