In May, i shared with you my attempt at starting my own Apple Cider Vinegar (and its mother) from a bag of apples. Today is the sad update.
Here is what i started the fermenting process with back in May. Two and a half-ish Mason jars. The two on the left contain strained apple puree, and the one on the right, all the cores, peels, and solids, which i covered with water.
Here's what i have left after pulling them out of the closet today. Maybe 2 cups of cider - but with no mother.
It turns out that i must've done some things wrong. (Ya think?)
I'm still investigating, but it is rumored about that perhaps this was supposed to take 3 weeks instead of 3 months (details, details...), that i was supposed to put the contents in bottles with a seal at some point, and/or that it's just too dang hot in Texas. Clearly i need to do more research.
I'm not giving up though. I am going to put what i have in a bottle with a lid and see if it will grow a mother (that junky stuff in the bottom is just apple solids). Then, in the spring, when i can get more apples (and hopefully have done some more research), it will be easier to make the cider because i can use the mother i already have, apple cider vinegar's mother, that is - not my mother. That's not what she does.
P.S. The third jar you see in the first picture, that was filled with apple cores and flesh and whatnot, also filled with bugs, of which i'll spare you a picture. I had to throw that jar away a couple of months ago.