Obviously Vinegar is dirt cheap to buy, but I enjoy making things at home and it seems like it would be pretty easy to make a ton in bulk and then use capped beer bottles to store servings of it. From what I understand about the white distilled vinegar is that I would need to basically make moonshine and then let it go bad using a mother colony from another batch of vinegar. Since the moonshining part is illegal, I wanted to find out if I could use something like everclear and then dilute it down to make the white vinegar in bulk? Does anyone know how much I'd need to dilute it to have success if I wanted to make 10 - 20 gallons worth? or is there a legal way to make the white vinegar without having to resort to distilling?
Since the white vinegar may be tricky, I'm also open to creating a malt vinegar. Seems like I could essentially brew up some beer to get to the malt and basically let it go bad with a mother colony to create the zing I'm looking for. Does anyone know how much water I would use to dilute a normal 5 gallon batch of homebrew in order to create malt vinegar. Since I don't want my beer going bad, I plan to store these in different location then I keep my fermenters, but should I also use different buckets or can the fermenters that I use for beer be sterilized in a way that I won't have spoiled beer once I'm done making vinegar at home. Any experience you've had would be beneficial. Seems like mot of the posts are how not to turn your beer into vinegar so at the minimum, understanding the process may help me avoid mistakes in the future.