How to make white wine vinegar

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How to make white wine vinegar
Add white wine vinegar to your condiment collection. (alenkadr/iStock/Getty Images)

White wine vinegar is useful for a range of tasks, from flavouring salad dressings to household cleaning. Making your own white wine vinegar at home is also a great way to use up half-empty bottles of white wine that have been rattling around in the fridge for a while.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 4.5 litre glass or ceramic pot with spigot
  • Commercial vinegar Mother
  • White wine
  • Cheesecloth
  • Rubber band or string
  • Empty glass bottles

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  1. 1

    Buy a glass container or ceramic pot with a spigot if you don't already own one.

  2. 2

    Buy a 240 ml container of commercial vinegar Mother (a ball of enzymes that floats in the vinegar) from a home brew or wine making shop. You can also buy this online.

  3. 3

    Pour two cups of white wine diluted with one cup of water into the pot.

  4. 4

    Add the vinegar mother to the pot.

  5. 5

    Cover the pot with cheesecloth and attach it securely with a rubber band or string.

  6. 6

    Place the pot in a warm place where it can sit undisturbed.

  7. 7

    Add 2 1/2 cups white wine to the pot three times over the next two weeks.

  8. 8

    Let the vinegar sit for a total of 12 weeks minimum.

  9. 9

    Bottle the vinegar when it tastes and smells like vinegar. Pour it into clean bottles or jars with a funnel. It will last for three or four months.

  10. 10

    Make more vinegar, if you want, by leaving the vinegar Mother in the pot and repeating this process.

Tips and warnings

  • Vinegar Mother is the same for white wine vinegar and red wine vinegar. It's the wine that makes the difference.
  • Making white wine vinegar takes longer than red wine vinegar -- up to six months.
  • If your white wine vinegar is cloudy, pour it through a coffee filter to clarify the liquid.

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