About Cider Vinegar
As well as real cider the alcoholic beverage, cider vinegar is a product that originates from cider apples but ends up often in the salad bowl rather than the cider mug. For the cider maker, a tiny little bit of acetic acid (vinegar) can give a bit of bite to a low acid blend, but if it’s discernable by smell then that amount would normally be considered a cider fault. Once a cider starts to turn to vinegar the process can be a rapid one, so in places where large wooden barrels are still used, such as in Asturias, then as soon as the level drops to a point where there is a considerable amount of air above the liquid, and acetification is just beginning to start, then this is a sign to start a big bottling run and get the sidra natural out into the bars and supermarkets quick.
Cider Vinegar for taste and health
Cider vinegar has become very popular recently, for its culinary flavour as well as widely believed health benefits, so its well worth considering from both the cider makers point of view, and that of the health conscious consumer of food and drink.
How to make cider vinegar
Vinegar by definition is the result of fermentation by bacteria of alcohol into acetic acid. The bacteria which do this job are called acetobacter and Vinegar brewers will tend to give them a helping hand by controlling the environment in which vinegar is being made. The best quality vinegar is made from cider which is made from 100% fresh apples because the nutrients from the pure juice will allow a faster fermentation resulting in fresher tasting and more aromatic cider vinegar.Once the cider has been fully fermented into vinegar, it is usually matured for a further few months, before being bottled. It may also be filtered if a clear and bright appearance is required.
How to avoid cider turning into vinegar
Exclusion of fresh air is the key to keeping cider away from the organisms that will turn it into cider vinegar, so keep cider containers filled right up and well stoppered.
External uses for cider vinegar
Diluted apple cider vinegar with plenty of water can be applied to the hair while shampooing as a natural remedy to prevent dandruff.
To get rid of fruit flies in the house:
In a small glass or cup, pour an inch of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of liquid dish soap. The flies will be attracted to the cider vinegar, then be sunk by the soap and drowned.