Sorry to Necro this thread but my question is related and I'm hoping to get Yooper's attention without resorting to a PM
I let a bucket of plums topped with water ferment out with the wild yeast on the skins (hoping to make a German style schnapps... Shhh no distillation talk here!). I transferred it off the pits and skins into a new vessel. I forgot about it for a few (10-12) months and it sat in my hot garage over the summer.
I just checked on it today. I have 6 gallons of the tastiest plum vinegar ever. Yup, 6 gallons. Must have gotten some fruit flies or something.
It's really good. Looking to bottle it for my own use and to give as gifts.
What do I do? Do I need to carefully rack to avoid oxygenation and sediment? Just pour through a filter? Can I just reuse old wine bottles and hand shove old corks or do I need to get a corker and use new corks? I have no idea how to handle the vinegar from here.
I'm assuming I shouldn't use the fermenter for anything else or can I bleach bomb, PBW soak, and star San soak my way out of the acetobacter zone? If I rack, should I scrap my hoses and auto siphon?
I guess I have a good mother going now too. How to get the old girl out without breaking her up or does it matter?
Thanks in advance for any vinegar insight anyone can give.