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Feb 8, 2009 08:46 PM

Homemade Vinegar Starter kit

I have a 1998 Jacob's Creek Cab that is definetly gone bad. I have read online that you can turn wine into vinegar using a culture (a "Mother" or a "starter kit"). Does anybody know where I could get a starter kit/mother in the DFW area? And, does anybody have any tips?

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  1. I would try either a beer brewing or wine making supply store. While not in Dallas, The Winemaker Shop (SE FW) may be able to help you or point you in the right direction.

    You may also try one of the many wineries/vinyards in Grapevine.

    1. I'd recommend not trying to make vinegar from wine that's already bad. We have made vinegar crocks for 2 years now (clay coyote pottery) and brewed vinegar for more. The wine's off tastes will probably make off taste vinegar. The vinegar mother is like a sourdough starter in that it protects the vinegar from wild bacteria and molds, but in bad wine, those may have already entered it. If you won't drink it, don't use it for vinegar.