Piss and vinegar

We’ve been given a Vinegar Mother.

For thems what’s not in the know, this is a thing that converts wine into wine vinegar.

It looks a bit like a bowl full of placenta. Every now any again you need to divide the “mother” , to prevent it getting too big. We are still not sure exactly what to do with it, these folks seem helpful.

So far we have been feeding it – a couple of glasses of left over red wine. (LEFT-OVER WINE? IS THERE ANY SUCH THING!?)

We made the mistake of putting it in the bathroom, which led to the discovery of the most obvious downside: the smell.

Making vinegar comes with its own delightful smell, which in this case is a bit like the whiff of really bad foot odour on a summers day.

The combination of the look (a big red thing – hence the placenta description above) and the smell means it’s off to a poor start. This does all lead though to the obvious question: What’s the vinegar like? So far, we have no had it long enough to tell so we haven’t a clue. :)


That sounds digusting.. I just thought vinegar was just wine gone off really bad.. I didnt realise it was a microbial sort of thing.. a photo please!


Comment by Duncan Margetts | May 20th, 2007 3:59 pm | Permalink

Erg. It does sound revolting. Put it in the shed and don’t look at it. ~shudder~ Perhaps it will do its thing on its own? And it really does prompt the question, do the people who gave it to you dislike you? Did you run over their dog or something? Perhaps it’s actually some sort of Dr Who nasty that’s planning on taking over your house.

Comment by redcap | May 21st, 2007 9:28 pm | Permalink

Ohmygod, sounds like one of those friendship bread starter kist which you get, grow, and have to pass on to your friends. Eventually when enough have been spread round the place they come to life and try and take over the world. Unless they’re stopped by wine vinegar placental people (sounds very Alien vs Predator).

Silly question but…. WHY???? With wine being very drinkable and wine vinegar being freely available from the local store this seems like a very odd move.

Comment by Trundling Grunt | May 22nd, 2007 6:58 pm | Permalink

Yep, its a mmicrobial sort of thing.

Strangely enough, the smell gets less when you feed it. So its getting the odd glass of wine, but I am a little concerned that it might get up and start walking around soon.

The folks who gave it to us are a guy I used to work with who is married to a distantish relative. Oddelaide’s like that :)

As for why? Well… because it was there. And real wine vinegar is supposed to be much better than shop-bought muck.

I’ve figured that so far if I don’t look at it then I don’t know how big it’s got, or how close it is to walking out and taking over the house!

Comment by Wally | May 22nd, 2007 7:32 pm | Permalink

My mother used to make ginger beer. She was always looking for homes for one of the “Divide the Ginger Beer Plant in two and set one half aside” parts. I swear there are still descendents of her original plant living in Perth. Even though my mother died in 1983! They could be the peacemakers in any confrontation between the placental vinegar plant and the bread starter kits!

Comment by Archie | May 26th, 2007 10:11 pm | Permalink

You’ll know it’s gone too far when the police come around ‘just checking’ to make sure there is nothing illegal going on, ie dead bodies decomposing, because the neighbours think there’s something going on… :)

Comment by Gail Newman | May 29th, 2007 1:30 pm | Permalink

sounds fantastic. I have being looking for a vinegar mother for ages. I want to start making my own red wine vinegar and having an aged vinegar culture (mother)Is just what I need. let me know if you want to off load some of your culture. Would be happy to take it.

Comment by Johno | May 29th, 2007 1:56 pm | Permalink

How’d it go? Found this post while looking for a supplier of vinegar mother – still looking.

Comment by Taphophile | October 7th, 2008 8:57 am | Permalink

we killed it.

Search the web – there is a way published somewhere to make one.

Comment by Wally | October 10th, 2008 6:41 pm | Permalink

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