has anyone made their own homemade red wine vinegar? my husband is currently conducting an experiment to make some. my only concern is about parasites.... from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_wine_vinegar:
Vinegar eels (Turbatrix aceti), a form of nematode, may occur in some forms of vinegar. These feed on the microbial culture that is used to create the vinegar (called mother of vinegar) and can occur in naturally fermenting vinegar. Most manufacturers filter and pasteurize their product before bottling to eliminate any potential adulteration.
Although they are harmless and non-parasitic, leaving eels in vinegar is considered objectionable and is not permitted in vinegar bottled for consumers in the United States. Manufacturers normally filter and pasteurize their product prior to bottling to prevent the eels from occurring
any good way for us to filter on our own? looking around online, various websites suggest filtering through cheesecloth or coffee filters (several layers of both). is that enough to remove the eels? i'm generally not turned off by much but this makes me pretty queasy. ;)
I make my own vinegar at home - I have red and white wine vinegar made from MoV off eBay and wine, and cider vinegar from the dregs of the MoV jar, a jar of unpasteurized cider vinegar and cider.
I only got vinegar eels in the cider, which makes me thing that they were in the unpasteurized vinegar from Whole Foods. They were disgusting little buggers, but I fished them out until they were gone and they haven't come back. They are much bigger than you think they will be and you will have no problem filtering them.
They never showed up in the wine vinegar.
I just filter it with coffee filter then bring to 160 degrees for 10 mins to pasteurize. The vinegars are very tasty compared to store bought.