Is making vinegar bad for the environment?



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    Not particularly. Vinegar is made by yeast, which also make alcohol. Although there is some carbon dioxide released by the yeast as they eat up the sugars in the material that they are converting to vinegar, it is not any more than we would have released by eating the sugar ourselves and metabolizing it. The difference between making vinegar and alcohol is that alcohol production is accomplished in the absence of oxygen and vinegar production is accomplished in the presence of oxygen. Alcohol can easily turn into vinegar in the presence of air. That is why fine wine enthusiasts will pump the air out of a fine bottle of wine immediately after they have poured themselves as much as they want to drink.

    Vinegar is also a great cleaning product. It is much less harmful to the environment than many commercially available chemicals.

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