Mother of vinegar


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Mother of vinegar

A cluster of the bacteria that converts alcohol to vinegar. When vinegar for household use was bought or made in multiple-gallon quantities, it might stay in a wooden barrel or cask for several months. During that time, the mother of vinegar would sometimes grow into gelatinous masses several inches across.
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PHOTO : Gelatinous mother of vinegar layers float in wine-water mixture.