The key is scaling back but... Sign up for our newsletter to receive the latest tips, tricks, recipes and more, sent twice a week. Choosing and using vinegar of the right acidity is important so let’s explore some different varieties and the acidity of different vinegar. Any help you can offer is greatly appreciated. Is it stronger than other Vinegar types which could be why? Jo. 6 units at 5% = 5.7 water + 0.3 acid Thank you. If laboratory acetic acid it is probably 12% acetic acid by volume. If there is no mention on the label of acidity then the vinegar is most likely to be 4% acid. Several sites on the internet indicate that Sherry Vinegar must have a minimum acidity of 7%. I live in a rather small town, and since this covid madness began, the residents here have all started a garden or constructed greenhouses (which is what we did). From personal experience, use a spray bottle to mist weeds, don’t squeeze the 10% vinegar directly from the original bottle since the kill zone can be wide and vinegar kills non-selectively. has chemical peculiarities that skew the result. Of course, only use vinegar you feel is safe for consumption. I honestly don’t know the reason why these levels were chosen but EU regulations allow wine vinegar to be up to 10% acidity. So for example pouring it over your chips and fries as a condiment or using it to dress your salads or marinating meats or pickling vegetables or whatever etc etc etc? You need to dilute these in cooking. Image courtesy of Surig. Their greater volume and underlying acidity, however, make them more appropriate in culinary applications calling for vinegar. Kombucha and other fermented foods don’t apply since they are not vinegar and are not defined the same way. Can i ask has anything been done to them to make them safer then most other Vinegars you would buy with 24%/25% Acidity? I understand how <4% can be dangerous in regards to canning/preserving, but is it potentially harmful for regular on-the-salad consumption? What brand sells 10% PICKLING vinegar? It is superior at cleaning and is the lowest acidity for effective weed control though it will require more amounts than equivalent chemicals. Order a cheap pH meter off Amazon or at a local homebrew store along with pH 4 calibration solution and measure the pH directly. Hi, the regulations for Sherry Vinegar in Spain require a minimum of 7% acidity, 8% minimum for “Gran Reserva”. Would this be certain recipes that involve cooking the vinegar which perhaps would make it safer to consume? If using this as weed killer, ABSOLUTELY use hand and eye protection (chemistry goggles, not loose plastic safety glasses). You can’t rely on just pH though. A vinegar of 5% acidity is probably the most common or standard level of acidity of vinegar. DO NOT spray into the wind, preferably use when there is no wind present. I am surprised vinegar is in such short supply but I can email you and find out details. The high end of vinegar acidity is not usually defined but you rarely see food vinegar above 7%. Only open or pour these vinegars in areas with good ventilation. Rinse any skin contact immediately and do not touch eyes or nose without thoroughly washing up. You need to dilute a higher acidity vinegar (20% or 30%) to get 14% acidity. 4.3% sounds a lot like the acidity (is that what you got off the bottle?) If a recipe calls for normal vinegar, use only 1/5 the amount recommended for these high strength vinegars. I’m currently using a PH meter to measure acidity- I don’t have a Titration setup. Depending on your sensitivity, even a small spray mist can cause lung irritation so use at least a face mask if not a small respirator. 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Kombucha and other fermented foods don’t apply since they are not vinegar and are not defined the same way. Acidity is important in preserving as vinegar is diluted and not having a strong enough acidity can leave the food at risk of spoiling. That acidity level (if you are sure that 2.5% is accurate) is high enough to prevent bacterial growth (except vinegar bacteria) and shouldn’t cause a problem in consumption. This is most commonly expressed as a percentage, for example, white spirit vinegar at 5% acidity has 5ml of acid for every 100ml of vinegar. 30% This is the upper limit industrial vinegar sold. If i mix together 1L of a 4% Acidity Vinegar and 1L of a 6% Acidity Vinegar than will i get 2L of a 5% Acidity Vinegar please? Would that be 4 or 5 percent or diluted even farther. Can a combination of 9% and 5% vinegar mixed together give me a 14% acidity? Acidity should not be confused with pH. Maybe…I need more information. Your email address will not be published. If vinegar and water are both added to the recipe, then use 25% less water and the effect will be the same. If the term “acidity” and a percentage are used, it is calculated the same globally. Total: 6.3 units = 5.93 water + 0.37 acid = 5.95%. Have a Fantastic Rest of Your Day, Your email address will not be published. I am just trying to make sure i have worked this out correctly before mixing them? Some varieties may be available on Amazon but most popular there is typically the very high strength 30%. I’ve been using 24% vinegar that I buy in Sweden. Thanks! Thanks either way. In broad terms, I have never had a “done” vinegar above pH 3.5 but this is not an exact statement either. There are all sorts of vinegar and depending on what they are made from and how they are made will have an effect on their acidity. Jocelyn Guest (whole animal butcher) teaches us how to perfectly spatchcock (or butterfly) the bird. It should be noted that homemade vinegar is not good for preserving as you do not know the acid content. If that helps to determine what “weak” vinegar means. Thank You in Advance! Gloves and eye protection should be used when handling. If not, do you know any other safe non-toxic ways to remove it. Sure, but given its ability to cause harm to the user and kill all plants, good and bad, it is overkill. Our Cepa Vieja from Vinagres de Yema has a 40-year-old mother vinegar and will improve any recipe calling for sherry vinegar. If it doesn’t list the acidity then don’t use it for preserving. I have an old recipe for a current or blackberry cordial that calls for weak vinegar. We used it to determine the concentration of a sample of vinegar (ethanoic acid) and I wanted to know why it is important that all vinegar that is leaving the factory has a concentration within a predetermined range (food sources, damage to teeth, etc…) I cannot find anything that describes this, and I found your blog the most useful for previous work.