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Cider vinegar making at home has been practiced since the olden days and has continued right up to the present time. The resulting homemade apple cider vinegar is likely to be healthier and better tasting than most commercially produced vinegars.
The fastest way to produce homemade apple cider vinegar is to start with a hard cider that has already been completely fermented (no sugar left) to an alcohol content of 5 to 6 %.
Using the natural bacteria (acetobacter) present in the air, the alcohol can be transformed into vinegar (acetic acid) under suitable conditions.
This vinegar making process will take about 2 months to complete, and at the bottom of this page you will find a step-by-step procedure for doing just that.
If you do not have any hard cider available, then you will have to start by making your own hard cider from freshly pressed apple juice, which is additive free and has not been pasteurized.
This type of juice is readily available from your local apple orchard in late September and October, and can be frozen for use throughout the year.
is recommended to determine if there is enough natural sugar in the juice to make a hard cider with an alcohol content of 5 to 6%.
For a traditional vinegar making procedure starting from apple juice, click here.
For those fortunate enough to have their own supply of apples, preferably organically grown, you will need milling and pressing equipment to extract the juice before fermenting it to hard apple cider.
However, by vinegar making from scratch, you will have the most control over the flavor of the resulting homemade apple cider vinegar since it is a blend of several different types of apples that makes the most flavorful product.
An excellent home Pioneer Cider Press & Grinder unit, that can be purchased online, is shown to the right.
It's been made, along with 5 other types of fruit presses, for over 25 years in Kansas, USA by the folks at Happy Valley Ranch.
If you are dealing with just 1 or 2 apple trees, then smaller more portable apple grinding and pressing units, as shown below, would be more practical.
For a lot more in depth information on how to make a great hard cider from scratch, Andrew Lea has written a must read book called Craft Cider Making. Click on the link below to review or purchase this book online.