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I was trying to make apple cider vinegar. I cut up a bunch of apples, covered them with water, added a little sugar and some apple cider vinegar from the store (unpasturized). It was in a 5 gallon bucket and I intended to cover it with a fine mesh screen but forgot and just left the plastic lid on it. It sat for 1-2 months. When I opened it up there is a gelatinous white coating on the apples on the surface. What looks like yeast is everywhere. I strained out the apples and the liquid is a pale yellow. It smells very tart. I am making it to cut costs since I give my chickens and goats ACV. Can I give them this stuff ?
 
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Howdy Brett, welcome to permies!

I am no expert but I asked a friend and he says it sounds like you have made vinegar, the slime on top is called the mother. He says he would not hesitate to use it as vinegar.
 
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Oh crazy! I did not know that's what it looked like. One ugly mother

Thanks for your response. And I am excited to have found this forum! Lots to learn...
 
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Vinegar is frequently cited as improving health in people who eat it for various reasons, and "real" unprocessed vinegars are often cited as more flavorful and healthful.
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