I recently started soaking things in vinegar and grain alcohol to make flavor extracts and household cleaners. A peculiar culture seems to be emerging on my oranges soaking in vinegar. The oranges are a vaguely bloody valencia variety from a tree in our yard, and I am using just plain old distilled corn vinegar from the Costco. The culture looks and feels similar to a kombucha mother. My guess is it is some kind of aceto-bacteria and yeast. It's been about 2 months since I started the soak and the culture has definitely grown. You can see the little wispy strands going down into the liquid like on kombucha (pictures attached).
My question: anyone have any better guess on what the culture is or what I can do with it?
I am thinking about trying to use it to make vinegar or maybe a kombucha-like drink. Of course, I don't know if it is safe for producing a consumable product or what kind of medium would be appropriate (aside from orange juice maybe (?)). Maybe I can divide up the culture and try it in several different liquids. If anyone has any suggestions, it would be greatly appreciated. Or maybe suggest a contact who can help with identification?
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