After your crock is established, try to feed
your Mother every other week or so with a glass of wine.
your Mother breathe. A linen napkin or cheesecloth works
well if you are using a
out or give away the slab of Mother
once it sinks to the bottom
of your crock
add fortified wine (port, sherry, etc.) to your crock
to Christopher Cook in the circa 1990 Detroit Free Press article on
making vinegar, you can use a slab of Mother from red wine to start
a crock of white. For some reason, white takes a long time -
perhaps 6 months to transform into vinegar.
April 14, 1991 New York Times Magazine article "The Good
Mother" by William L. Hamilton, Hamilton dumps both red and
white wines into his barrel. Others say "don't do that."
is a lot of resource information on the Internet about making
vinegar as well as many companies selling vinegar making products.
Here are two sources for barrels and Mother: (Please note that I do
not have any commercial or other interests in these two companies.
Leeners Brew Works
The Wine Barrel Plus
If you would like to read Linda Baldwin's Q & A on vinegar
making, click here.