Vinegar Eels

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

 To refresh:

  • 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.