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I am making my own flavored vinegar for the first time and most of the recipes call fro white wine vinegar but it's hard to find and expensive. Would white distilled be okay?

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If you are in the do it yourself mood and you have lots of lead time, you can make white wine vinegar better and less expensively than store bought. Buy the cheapest bottle of white wine you can find, usually $2.99 or $3.99 and store it in a non-reactive dish (glass or pottery is traditional) with some vinegar making mother. Mother is available in Bragg's Apple Cider Vinegar or from beer/wine hobby stores in person or online. Decent instructions here:… – JamesCW Nov 21 '12 at 3:48

The flavors are very different -- white wine vinegar is made from white wine, while white vinegar is made from a distilled spirit.

If you had to substitute white wine vinegar, I'd go with one of the following:

  • champagne vinegar (made from sparking wine; tends to be more mild than white wine vinegar)
  • rice vinegar (tends to be more mild / lower acid)
  • cider vinegar (more acidic, but has some sweeter notes that help balance it out)
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Adding to @Joe's answer, if white vinegar is all you have available use less of it, and dilute it a bit as it is very strong. You can descale kettles with the stuff! – GdD Nov 20 '12 at 15:23

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