Frequently Asked Questions
Acetic acid is developed from aerobic fermentation, in the making of vinegar. An open-vessel system is important for this process, quite the opposite of what is needed for anaerobic lacto-fermentation required by sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir.
It should be mentioned that not all vinegars are created equal, with many of them heat-treated or pasteurized, resulting in a “dead” substance. Also, not all acetic acid is vinegar.
The United States Food & Drug Administration (FDA) recognizes that diluted acetic acid is not vinegar, indicating that it is:
“misleading if the labeling of a food in which acetic acid is used implies or suggests that the food contains or was not prepared with vinegar. Acetic acid should not be substituted for vinegar in pickled foods, which consumers customarily expect to be prepared with vinegar.”
Select only “raw”, unfiltered, untreated, non-pasteurized vinegar, like Bragg’s Apple Cider Vinegar.
Detox and Cleanse with RAW Apple Cider Vinegar – But make sure your apple cider vinegar is truly “raw”; this article discusses how some inexpensive apple cider vinegar knock-offs are just distilled vinegar with coloring added!
Did you know...
Hops and honey was originally used in the making of mead (or, Sima which is the Finnish version), a lightly-fermented, slightly-alcoholic season beverage. As honey became more expensive, white and brown sugars were substituted. Using hops and honey is worth every effort, creating a taste of tradition.
—Traditional Fermented Honey Mead
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