Hi all, I've been making homemade vinegar with Braggs as my starter. I've got a glass gallon drink dispenser so I can take some out without disturbing the mother between feedings.
But my problem: the vinegar has stopped forming a mother. I've been removing the mother when it got thicker and now I have no mother at all. Will the vinegar still ferment alcohol without the mother? I think it stopped producing mother when I swapped alcohol but there is no indication of sulphates on the label. I've been using liquors and diluting down to proper ratios with water. I've done a time or two just throwing a splash of undiluted alcohol in but never much. I'm a few months into this venture and not really sure where I went wrong. I'm pretty bad at troubleshooting.
Attached pic is vinegar after adding new alcohol and stirring. This is stored in a closet to prevent sunlight.