pH and acidity – their difference and importance in vinegar

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Making Vinegar0 Comments

Those who know vinegar know acidity is of prime importance in measuring the completion and strength of vinegar. Acetic acid is what distinguishes vinegar and global standards of taste and safety specify minimum acidity levels for vinegar. The more widely recognized measurement of the strength of an acid (or base) is the pH scale. Many people know pH is important … Read More

Could balsamic vinegar ever become an asset class?

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Regional Vinegars, Vinegar Industry0 Comments

I have a feeling every oenophile that clicks on this post is probably laughing hysterically at the headline. For decades, fine wine has been bought and sold by not just individuals but also auctioned in high end auction houses such as Southeby’s and Christie’s for ungodly sums due to fine wine’s ability to both retain its value and grow in … Read More

Mother of Vinegar: Healthy and Probiotic? A Difficult Question Explored

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White wine mother

As a vinegar manufacturer, it is my job to be ‘hip’ on the trends and demand in the market for vinegar, not just in the USA but globally. One of the biggest trends to shake up the vinegar industry in the last 10-15 years is the popularity of raw and unfiltered vinegar, usually with copious amounts of mother of vinegar … Read More

What does it mean to measure vinegar with ‘grains’?

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Uncategorized, Vinegar History, Vinegar Industry0 Comments

As vinegar’s industrialization spread globally in the early 20th century industry terminology became standardized. In particular, it was found that the sale of vinegar was confusing without a standard nomenclature for the strength of the vinegar. Percent acidity is the commonly known term for vinegar strength. Percent acidity is measured in grams of acetic acid per 100 mL of water … Read More

Acetic Acid Bacteria – Function and Classification

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While some people know vinegar is a product of fermentation, even fewer know that bacteria, not yeast, is the essential agent. Acetic acid bacteria—the general term for vinegar fermenting bacteria—are present throughout our environment especially in fruits. They long ago evolved to survive not only by metabolizing simple sugars (i.e. glucose) but the alcohol ethanol. Acetic acid is a waste … Read More

MOOO! What is whey vinegar?

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When you think of vinegar, apple cider, wine, balsamic, or spirit/alcohol/white distilled are likely the first to come to mind. However, with vinegar there are always so many possibilities since anything with sugar can ferment to alcohol and anything with alcohol can ferment to vinegar. It would shock many people to know vinegar can come from milk, but milk has … Read More

Balsamic Vinegar’s Manufacturing Process

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Regional Vinegars0 Comments

See part I on the history of balsamic and part II on the types of balsamic   Balsamic vinegar’s manufacturing process depends heavily on the type of balsamic as mentioned in the previous post. While almost all varieties use wine vinegar, even the presence of grape must is not a given with generic balsamic vinegar or balsamic condiments. We will … Read More

A History of Balsamic Vinegar

Reginald SmithAll About Vinegar, Balsamic Vinegar, Vinegar History0 Comments

Balsamic vinegar’s origins are obscure. Some assert they go back to the Roman Empire with fermentation of the grape must sapa. Others believe that, like butter, it may have existed but its true development came during the Middle Ages. The term ‘balsamic’ itself comes from the Italian name for the vinegar, aceto balsamico, where balsamico refers to something with healing … Read More