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no mother vinegar

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good morning permies, I have an other question about vinegar, last fall I made 5 gallons of hard cider, then we put it into a 8 gallon stainless steel "vat" I added 2 gallons of braggs vinegar to it to make sure it would get a good start, so.... 4 months later and I still have no mother started. it smells like tastes like vinegar...but i'm not sure I want to use it if it doesn't have a mother on it, I've even checked the bottom thinking maybe it fell.. no mother on the bottom either. any thoughts you would have on this would be great... thanks
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My vinegars don't always form traditional looking mothers, which are like a lump of gelatin floating on the top of the jar. Sometimes, it's just a scum along the sides of the jar. Sometimes it's just a delicate scum on the surface.

If it tastes like vinegar, and smells like vinegar, then I'm going to use it like vinegar.
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