We have talked about acidity a bit on this blog, from how to measure acidity and how it is different from pH to comparing the acidity of Coca-Cola and vinegar. Vinegar obviously comes in different acidities though. Which one do you need? How do they help? Below is a quick and informative guide to vinegar acidities and their usages. Acidity … Read More
Vinegar/Kombucha Acidity Testing and Microbiological Analysis Services
Here at Supreme Vinegar we frequently get inquiries about testing vinegar acidity or even questions about what bacteria someone’s vinegar has. We frequently test all of these in our own vinegars and would now like to extend our services to all home vinegar or kombucha makers. Vinegar/Kombucha Acidity Testing Acidity testing is done using sodium hydroxide titration and the average … Read More
pH and acidity exercise: Vinegar vs. Coca Cola
Based on our last post outlining the differences between pH and acidity as measures of acid strength, a short exercise will help emphasize the differences. Here we will compare two deceptively similar acids: 5% store bought white vinegar and Coca-Cola classic. White Vinegar As stated before, 5% white vinegar has an acidity of 5% which means 5 grams of … Read More
pH and acidity – their difference and importance in vinegar
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
Mead makers rejoice! Honey vinegar mother of vinegar now available!
Our Supreme Honey/Mead Mother of Vinegar is now for sale on Amazon. A live culture that allows you to make your own honey vinegar from mead!
Beer Vinegar: Be Careful of Kegs
Just a quick note on those making vinegar from commercial beer. Of course if you want to make a large quantity, kegs are the economical and efficient way to go. I have experience (as have some customers) with kegs though and the lack of cleanliness in many kegs, especially those on loan from beer stores, can often ruin your fermentation … Read More
Could balsamic vinegar ever become an asset class?
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
Long term storage of mother of vinegar
So you’ve made your first batch of homemade vinegar successfully. It smells good, tastes good, and whether you are using it now or aging it for extra flavor, you have a right to be proud of yourself. Now after the first and subsequent batches, the layers of mother of vinegar may begin to pile up in the bottom of your … Read More
High temperatures threaten balsamic vinegars in Italy
A recent story in the vinegar world of Italy is the effect of extended record high temperatures on traditional balsamic vinegar makers in Modena and Reggio Emilia. In particular, the ‘il caldo africano’, a heavy, hot wind that blows into Italy from North Africa, has set record high temperatures for weeks of July and August. This is not as much … Read More
Temperature and Speed for Bacterial Fermentation
Much of the food we love to ferment is fermented by bacteria. Obviously vinegar, which my company is dedicated to, is a prime example with several families of acetic acid bacteria contributing depending on the method of vinegar fermentation, acidity, and starter alcohol. For a variety of fermented foods, however, lactic acid fermentation by various lactic acid bacteria is primary. … Read More