Making homemade apple cider vinegar

cider vinegar fruit DIY

Home made and foraged apple cider vinegar

Most of the apple cider vinegar (ACV) made this summer have been from crab apples foraged locally.

Fermenting is fun. There is something magical about catching your own yeast and turning some rapidly-browning fruit-mash liquid into a happily fizzing, frothy brew with a chugging, gurgly airlock.

Patience is needed for this – there are a lot of peels and scraps to be gathered if wanting to make several litres at the time.

 crab apples ACV fermenting fruit

Apple cider vinegar recipe

1 kg of apple scraps, cores, peels, floury apples diced finely or grated

3 tbsp. sugar

1L water

1 large glass jar

Apple cider vinegar funnel homemade demijohn


Add the apple scraps to the glass jar and top with sugar. Add water and shake well to dissolve the sugar.

Cover with cloth (trusty nylon to the rescue!) and leave for at least six weeks, shaking daily to aerate the mix. The cloth keeps the dust off, while the natural yeasts feed on the sugar in the mix and are still able to breathe.

Store away from direct sunlight. After two or three days at room temperature the mix should start bubbling.

After 6 weeks the brew will smell sweet and cider-ey. Strain the apple scraps from the mix and leave in another jar for another 6 weeks while the vinegar ages further. Keep the nylon over the uncovered jar to allow for airflow. When happy with the taste, bottle the vinegar and use as needed.

home made vinegar

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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