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Old 01-12-2011, 02:14 PM   #1
Sep 2009
west salem, wi
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My fresh squeezed apple wine turned out awefull tasting so bad I don't want to bother bottling it.
How do I tell if it turned to vinegar?
Would a ph test let me know?

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Old 01-12-2011, 05:14 PM   #2
Nov 2010
Ada, MI
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Yes, but it would be easier to just smell it and see if it smells like vinegar. Acetic acid has a distinct smell.

How did you sanitize/ferment?

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Old 01-12-2011, 05:54 PM   #3
Nov 2008
Waterville (Toledo) OH
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I have made a couple of batches and have the same experience. It's not vinegar, but it is just as you said, "AWFUL". Kind of a rotten taste with a little touch of nail polish remover. Never did figure out what went wrong. Some of it has been aging for almost 2 yrs, because I thought it might get better. It' maybe not quite as AWFUL, but that's about it.

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Old 01-12-2011, 08:38 PM   #4
Apr 2009
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Skyforger is right, smelling is the test for vinegar. The nail polish smell is acetaldehyde, caused by too much oxygen contact. Of course you need oxygen for vinegar to form, so somewhere in the process too much air is getting in. sulphite is an anti-oxidant and helps protect against this sort of thing.

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Old 01-13-2011, 07:38 AM   #5
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Anchorage, Alaska
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I'd bottle it in very big bottles or containers and taste a new one ever month or so. It may turn out good eventually

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Old 01-13-2011, 12:37 PM   #6
Jan 2010
Joplin Mo.
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Is it legal to make apple jack in your neck of the woods?

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