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Crab Apple vinegar?

Posted by wy0mn 3b (My Page) on
Sat, Nov 8, 08 at 15:43

Has anyone made cider vinegar from crab apples?
I have almost 3gal that should be done in a couple of weeks.
If it passes the 'taste' test I intend to use it for pickling!

Any comments/suggestions?


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RE: Crab Apple vinegar?

  • Posted by glib 5.5 (My Page) on
    Tue, Nov 11, 08 at 19:15

I have about 1 gal of cider that was 10% crabapples and 90% unpasteurized juice. I hypothesize that, if you picked the right crabapples, you may have a strong, interesting vinegar, possibly superior to my cider vinegar (which is pretty decent).

There is a lot of variation amongst crabapples, though. I taste and spit every crabapple or every aronia I can lay my hands on, and only one in about 4 I think is worthy of trying. It usually works well with crabapple mixtures though, because one gets some bitter/tart balance from the mix.

RE: Crab Apple vinegar?

  • Posted by wy0mn heavy 3/light 4 (My Page) on
    Mon, Nov 17, 08 at 22:07

Thanks for the reply.
I simply downloaded some info on vinegar making from the internet, and thought I'd try what I had on hand. Maybe it'll work, maybe it won't.
Occasionally had homemade wine to turn to vinegar by itself. Elderberry vinegar is unusual... but not bad.

I have a Dolgo & a Centennial on order for the spring.

RE: Crab Apple vinegar?

Would you mind sharing your vinegar recipes? I am trying to make one out of apple cores and grape-wine-sludge (juice with sentiment from our wine-making) But... I'm just not sure if it's working or not.

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