FAQ

Drinking vinegars have been enjoyed regularly since its inception thousands of years ago. It can be used to make refreshing drinks, for cooking for marinades and even salad dressing. “Old timers” use it as a health tonic due to the health benefits of vinegar. Unpasteurized apple cider vinegar and the other fresh ingredients we use to make Chimera Shrubs gives you the same health benefits of probiotics, b vitamins and more. Who knew the sour stuff was so versatile?!

Is this Kombucha you’re selling?

No, this is not. Kombucha is made from tea leaves, fermented with a scoby, and refrigerated. Vinegar is traditionally made from acidic produce, roots, etc., fermented first into alcohol, introduced to an Acetobacter, goes through a second fermentation which converts the alcohol to acetic acid (vinegar). This is shelf stable, with the pH < 4.0, per the FDA mandate for shelf stable acidified products.

What is a drinking vinegar?

It is a sweet tart vinegar that you can drink and cook with.

Fermented Vinegar? What does that mean?

Vinegar is the fermentation of fruits or grains into vinegar by yeast and acetic acid fermentation. The first converts sugar and starches into alcohol. The second fermentation converts the alcohol to acetic acid by the introduction of an Acetobacter. Vinegar is the result of sour alcohol. Think of wine that has turned sour. It has turned to vinegar.

Why is your brand called Chimera (pronounced kīˈmira)?

Merriam Webster defines chimera as:
1 – a fire-breathing she-monster in Greek mythology having a lion’s head, a goat’s body, and a serpent’s tail; an imaginary monster compounded of incongruous parts
2 – an illusion or fabrication of the mind; especially :  an unrealizable dream (a fancy, a chimera in my brain, troubles me in my prayer -John Donne)

Much like the legend of lore (but what about a platypus, you say? Point well taken) we use different fruits, vegetables, roots, berries, herbs and spices to create a beautifully balanced, imaginative, spirited vinegar concentrate for your enjoyment.

Why is it called a “shrub”?

You can blame the English for that!

The American version of the shrub has its origins in 17th century England where vinegar was used as an alternative to citrus juices in the preservation of berries and other fruits for the off-season.Fruit preserves made in this fashion were themselves known as shrubs and the practice carried over to colonial America.By the 19th century, typical American recipes for shrubs used vinegar poured over fruit, traditionally berries, which was left to infuse anywhere from overnight up to several days; afterwards, the fruit would be strained out and the remaining liquid would be mixed with a sweetener such as sugar or honey and then reduced to make a syrup. The sweet-and-sour syrup could be mixed with either water or soda water and served as a soft drink, or it could be used as a mixer in alcoholic cocktails. Shrubs eventually fell out of popularity with the advent of home refrigeration. -Wickipedia

What about the health benefits of drinking vinegar?

Chimera Shrubs are an unpasteurized product with raw honey and organic, unfiltered, unpasteurized apple cider vinegar. So it has all the probiotics, b vitamins, and individual characteristics that will be in each element used in production. For instance, ginger is a great anti-inflammatory, as well as good at settling an upset stomach.  Apple cider vinegar is known to be high in potassium and good in stimulating the metabolism and digestion.**

Ingredients?

See each individual product for ingredient statement.

Shelf life?

Eighteen months unopened, 6 months refrigerated after that.

How do I make this?

See recipe section of website.

Retail outlets, where to buy?

Please see our Outlets page for details about where you can purchase Chimera Shrubs.

**The health statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease or malady.