[Sca-cooks] Vinegar circa 9th c. CE + musk

David Walddon david at vastrepast.com
Sat Apr 21 21:27:34 PDT 2012

What is your definition of strong? 
There are several ways to test the acidity of vinegar. 
It is fairly easy to test white wine vinegar with a paper testing kit. 
It is a bit harder to do so with red wine vinegar since the vinegar stains the paper. 
Testing the acid of the home made cider vinegar would be an interesting project. 


On Apr 21, 2012, at 5:42 PM, Stefan li Rous wrote:

> Tre mentioned:
> <<< My husband makes cider and we had a batch go to vinegar, so I saved it to use for some of my SCA cooking. I made a cucumber salad for a recent event which I've made before with commercial cider vinegar. Usually, if I soak the cucumbers longer than a few hours, it comes out very tart. This time, using our homemade vinegar, I soaked them for several days, and still had some sweetness left. I was actually worried about it a bit, because the vinegar was MUCH sweeter than commercial vinegar...but it worked out really well.>>>
> Did you test the acidity of the vinegar? This would be an interesting bit of evidence. This won't tell you how strong the vinegar is, but it would tell you how acidic.
> It's been well over a quarter century since I had high school chemistry, but can't you test for acid levels fairly accurately, and easily with litmus paper?
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