Culturing Directions: Add the contents of what is in your transit bag ASAP to the following solution.
What you will need:
- Jar or large bottle (2 to 4 liters) Glass is the best for your Vinegar Eels.
- Piece of breathable material to cover the opening with rubber band
- 1 small peeled apple cut into slices small enough to fit into the jar. Even better, blend up the apple before adding. When blending you can use a small amount of your aged water.
- Apple cider vinegar
- Aged tap water (water that has sat for at least 24 hrs.)
Fill the jar with a 1:1 ratio of apple cider vinegar and aged water.
Add apple cider vinegar and water and apple pieces (or blended apples)
- Add the starter culture to the jar
- Seal with a piece of breathable cloth and store at room temperature. A dark cabinet is preferable but not necessary.
- (Note: Some people add a small pinch of sugar or yeast to their cultures to start them.)
- To see the Eels – Hold your container up to a light or use a magnifying glass. For feeding, filter your solution through a coffee filter.
Your culture is good for six months up to a year before you need to add anything. The colony thrives on its own very well.
When you notice your culture getting cloudy, it’s probably time to refresh the culture.
- Get a new jar and pour half the culture in there then top both jars off with fresh diluted cider vinegar.
- Depending on the size of your starter culture you should find your culture ready to feed in about 2-4 weeks.