Vinegar FAQs

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When a recipe or tip uses Distilled White Vinegar can I use DYC White Vinegar?

Yes you can.

Are all DYC Vinegars distilled and pasteurised?

Only DYC White Vinegar is distilled. All DYC Vinegars have been pasteurised.

Are DYC Vinegars Gluten Free?

Yes all DYC Vinegars EXCEPT DYC Malt Vinegar are gluten free.

What is the acetic acid content of DYC Vinegar?

The acetic acid content of all DYC Vinegars is between 4.0 – 4.2%

What is the pH of vinegar?


Where is the Best Before date on DYC Vinegars?

Vinegar doesn’t expire or go off so there is no Best Before date on DYC vinegars. There is however a code printed on the lid that tells us when the product was made so we can keep track of each batch in case there are any issues.

Sometimes there is sediment, cobweb like or large jelly like discs floating in my vinegar. What is it and is it harmful?

This is known as “Mother of Vinegar” and due to the natural fermentation process used to make DYC vinegars; it may develop in the product over time. “Mother of Vinegar” is a cellulose substance made up of various Acetobacter (the bacteria used to make the vinegar). It occurs when fermentation of the vinegar is not completed fully and some of the original culture continues to grow in the bottle. Whilst unsightly, it is harmless and tasteless and does not affect the vinegar’s performance.

How do I get rid of the Mother of Vinegar?

It is best removed by filtering the vinegar through a coffee filter or similar, or by heating the vinegar to 60°C for 5 minutes (please note, any hotter or longer than this could damage the vinegar). The filtered vinegar can then be returned to the sterilised bottle and used as normal.

Are DYC Vinegars filtered?


What varieties of apples are used to make Apple Cider Vinegar?

Primarily cox’s orange with some gala.

How should I store my vinegar?

Optimum storage temperatures are between 10-16°C. Vinegar should be stored below 27°C.

Do DYC Vinegar bottles contain BPA?


Does Apple Cider Vinegar vary in colour?

As each batch of DYC vinegar is naturally brewed there will be some natural colour variation between batches.

Can I mix Vinegar with Bleach?

No, mixing vinegar with bleach as this will create chlorine gas, which is toxic.

Can I recycle DYC vinegar packaging ?

DYC bottles are made from clear PET recycle code 1 and generally can be recycled throughout NZ. The lids are HDPE code 2, which is also recyclable. However,  as the lids are quite small, it is best to check with your local council if these can be recycled in your area.