I saw some posts on Pinterest about making homemade vinegar but nearly all of them cheated by buying apple cider vinegar with the mother already in it. I wanted to grow my own, and it wasn't until after I'd already gotten this started that I found a really good picture tutorial on how to do it, which of course I forgot to pin or bookmark and now cannot find again. :/ However here's another one in case you're curious.... After canning peaches I was left with a bucket load of peels. Normally I toss them to the chickens but I decided to give peach peel vinegar a whirl. I threw a handful into a gallon pickle jar, and another into an old latch lid jar that was just taking up space. Added a cup of sugar and filled up with water. Yes I said filled. We'll get to that later. Gave them both a good stir and then realized I had nothing to cover them with. No muslin, no cheesecloth. What I did have was a hemp bag we'd used a time or two to strain mash with and some sterile gauze bandages, so those plus some rubber bands and I was in business. I put both jars in a cabinet next to the dishwasher. This was taken on August 18, right after I'd made it. Now we've been fermenting various things for making booze and I should have remembered the importance of leaving ample headspace. My memory was quickly refreshed two days later when I ran the dishwasher and heated up the cabinet with the jars. Both of them frothed up and over as the wild yeasts they'd picked up from the air had been hard at work. After cleaning the mess up, tossing the hemp bag into the washing machine and the other gauze cap into the trash, I pulled some from each jar and started a third batch in a spaghetti jar, which I stuck beside the fridge and behind the coffee maker. Added new high tech gauze and rubberband covers to all three batches. And here they are today, August 29. Today it's been 10 days and all three batches are boozy, especially the pickle jar which sits right next to the dishwasher. I've been stirring them a little bit every day and they are bubbling away. Now I just wait for them to stop bubbling so I can go to the next step.