Keg Dreg Vinegar

Jonathon Sawyer of Greenhouse Tavern turns party leftovers into vinegar: start with malt or wheat beer, add a vinegar mother, and wait. This recipe first appeared in our 2015 SAVEUR 100.

Keg Dreg Vinegar Keg Dreg Vinegar
Jonathon Sawyer of Greenhouse Tavern turns party leftovers into vinegar.
Yield: makes About 8 1/2 Cups

Ingredients

  • 8 malt or wheat beer
  • Cheesecloth
  • 4 oz. vinegar
  • 1 gallon glass jar, sterilized

Instructions

  1. Place malt or wheat beer in glass jar; whisk to aerate. Cover mouth of jar with a triple layer of cheesecloth and secure with a rubber band; set in a warm, dark place for 6 hours. Uncover and stir in vinegar mother; re-cover with cheesecloth. Drape a dark dish towel over jar and let sit about 3 months; strain. Store at room temperature up to 6 months.