apple cider vinegar smells like rubbing alcohol

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apple cider vinegar smells like rubbing alcohol

Postby holllywood on Thu Jun 20, 2013 5:12 pm

I started an apple cider ferment in the fall to make vinegar. Its been in a vessel exposed to oxygen this whole time. I just checked on it and took a whiff and it smells like nail polish or rubbing alcohol. I am assuming this is a bad sign so I'd like some confirmation before i get rid of the whole jug of it. thanks. also, i did not know it was possible for vinegar to go beyond vinegar.
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Re: apple cider vinegar smells like rubbing alcohol

Postby Tim Hall on Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:22 pm

What you're smelling is ethyl acetate, which unfortunately won't go away. In small amounts it may not be a big deal, but if it's unpalatable...well, you're probably stuck with it.
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Re: apple cider vinegar smells like rubbing alcohol

Postby TeeDubYeah on Mon Jul 15, 2013 12:23 pm

Tim,
Just for personal knowledge, What causes the ethyl acetate in a vinegar ferment. This is on my short project list so I'd like to avoid making nail polish remover.
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Re: apple cider vinegar smells like rubbing alcohol

Postby ChefSam on Sun Nov 03, 2013 12:20 am

I've often had a similar experience when I first take a whiff of my brewing vinegars, I'd recommend pouring into a clean new container and topping off with a little cider.
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