How Can I Make Red Wine Vinegar at Home?

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Q: I am a new cook, and I was wondering how I could make my own red wine vinegar.

Could I just leave an old bottle of not-so-great wine out for awhile? If so, how long?

Sent by Amanda

Editor: Amanda, we actually have instructions here for making your own vinegar from wine:

How To Make Your Own Vinegar

You will need a mother of vinegar to get the process started, as well as the wine. Without the mother (acetic acid bacteria) you will just end up with sour wine. You can get a mother of vinegar from some bottles of vinegar at the store, or directly from a wine-making supply shop.

Readers, have you ever made your own vinegar? Any suggestions or tips for Amanda?

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(Image: Heinz Vinegar)