reply to post by DaddyBare
While I appreciate your interest in this topic, the video you posted is far too complex and long (we use wild yeast and have developed many mothers
since starting). My wife makes vinegar, kombucha and alcohol. We use vinegar to wash our hair and areas of the body where bacteria develop easily,
kombucha has many great properties as a drink, and alcohol needs no explanation.
The primary difference between these three (as with many topics in health) is in the controlling of bacteria. If you allow fruit juice to harbor
yeast and begin fermenting then quickly air-lock it, you will be on your way to making alcohol. If you allow the process to gain a fair portion of
bacteria, but air-lock it before the product becomes too sour, you will have a wonderful fizzy drink called kombucha. If you allow the process to
produce a very sour (acidic) liquid, you will have vinegar. Vinegar is used in food, personal hygiene, cleaning and other ways in our home.
You can isolate acetic acid in multiple ways. You can carefully freeze some of the water and pour off a more concentrated solution of acetic acid and
water. Or you can use a normal distiller. We do not isolate acetic acid in our home. We buy distilled vinegar. It is nice to be able to,
My wife makes black or green tea vinegar for our hair. We use distilled vinegar for cleaning.
She makes many variations of kombucha, including 5 flower tea (a tea blend I developed years ago and is incredibly tasty), yerba mate with variable
fruit juices, etc.
Lastly, she makes hard apple cider, a drink called Tej, she has made pineapple mead, etc.
My wife is awesome.
Yeast and bacteria are awesome, in the right portions.
And I can't stress enough how great vinegar is for the hair and scalp.
edit on 8/26/2011 by Dasher because: (no reason given)