Podcast Heads-Up: Gastropod Does Vinegar

Curious about vinegar? The (very fun) Gastropod Podcast has a full episode up. Very informative stuff - check it out here. Or, presumably, wherever you listen to podcasts. I'll also have reviews up soon of two new books out on my favorite secondary fermentation product, Vinegar Revival by Harry Rosenblum and Acid Trip by Michael... Continue Reading →

Gastropod’s Kombucha Culture Episode

One thing I struggle with in researching different fermentation cultures is the wildly imaginative claims made about many of them. It's tough to find good info about things like kefir and kombucha, so I was excited when I heard that the Gastropod podcast was doing an episode on kombucha culture. And they mean culture in... Continue Reading →

Grow Your Own Kombucha SCOBY from Scratch

Kombucha, a vinegar cousin, is fermented by organisms that build their own house at the surface of the liquid. This SCOBY, or Symbiotic Culture of Yeast and Bacteria, is another cellulose pellicle common to vinegar formers. While vinegar is a secondary fermentation of alcohol, kombucha is a fermentation of sweetened tea. The mechanics of that show... Continue Reading →

Apple Cider Vinegar Hack

Or - what to do when you don't have an apple tree but like making ACV. It's really this easy. Lots of people want to start vinegar from the start, but if you don't have a juicer or want a faster process, making Apple Cider Vinegar can be really, really easy. This is my existing... Continue Reading →

Jun, Kombucha’s Eccentric Sibling

In the universe of vinegar cousins, kombucha is probably the best known. It's become one of America's fad miracle drinks and is widely available in grocery stores and even gas stations here in Atlanta. It's easy to grow too - you can buy a bottle of commercial kombucha and leave it open to the air... Continue Reading →

Vinegar Basics

Vinegar is one of those entirely misunderstood but constantly used edibles. It's mixed into salad dressings and marinades, used as an eco-friendly household cleaner, and even applied topically as shampoo. But what is vinegar, and where does it come from? Put as simply as I can, vinegar is a secondary fermentation of sugar. In nature,... Continue Reading →

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