Health benefits of ACV with ‘The Mother’

At Ostlers, we found out about the powerful health benefits of raw, organic apple cider vinegar (ACV) with ‘mother’, way back in the 80’s when my father was told about it to help ease the pain of his arthritis!

Now many people have been able to ease the pain of many ailments due to the natural gut-friendly bacteria, ‘the mother’, which is allowed to form due to the fact our vinegar is still raw. It’s literally still ‘live’, and if it’s put in the right condition you will literally see it grow! 



The Original British Cider Vinegar with ‘The Mother’


With ‘The Mother’


With ‘The Mother’


Growing Up With Our Roots in Apples

Ostlers was started back in 1989 when Peter Hartnoll bought four acres of land in Goodleigh, and proceeded to plant a selection of cider apple trees across the land.

He chose Mitchelins, Browns and Debretts. These premium choice selections are renowned for their use in creating some of the finest ciders…

Ostlers Award Winning Organic Apple Vinegar Cider ACV with the Mother Wassail Dance left 1


Loved by the Whole Community

Here at Ostlers Cider Mill we take pride in celebrating Wassailing every January!

We have local Morris Men, a good band who keeps us dancing all night, and of course plenty of cider!


Embraced by the Culinary Community

Recipes to satisfy all palates… Salty, Sweet, Healthy, Lean, Gluten Free, All Natural, Locally Sourced, Savory and Delectable.



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What is Cloudy Apple Cider Vinegar?

Cloudy Apple Cider Vinegar is made from fresh, crushed, apples. When mature, it contains a web-like substance, called ‘mother’, which becomes visible when the rich brownish liquid is held to the light.

What is the nature of the Mother?

The mother is the dark, cloudy substance in the ACV formed from naturally occurring pectin and apple residues – it appears as molecules of protein connected in strand-like chains. The presence of the mother shows that the best part of the apple has not been destroyed. Vinegars containing the mother contain enzymes and minerals that other vinegars may not contain due to over processing, filtration and overheating.

Is Apple Cider Vinegar safe to take during pregnancy?

It is safe to take during and after pregnancy. It helps to rid the body of toxins and may even help with any complications that may arise or have arisen with the pregnancy, furthermore, It supports regularity and promotes digestion.

Is it necessary to add honey to ACV?

It is not necessary to add honey to Apple Cider Vinegar, although honey is recommended because it has proven bioactive properties and contains the vitamins and enzymes necessary for proper digestion and metabolism. It does add health benefits to the ACV cocktail. however, the ACV has plenty of health uses and benefits without the honey.

What, exactly, are the internal and external benefits attributed to Apple Cider Vinegar?

Apples are one of the oldest, most nutritious foods on earth. They are rich in potassium, a mineral many of us are deficient in, and a deficiency that causes old age to creep upon us sooner. Calcium maintains our hard tissues such as bones, and potassium is the equivalent to the body’s soft tissues, keeping the body’s flesh and arteries soft and resilient. Besides being a natural stimulant for vitality, Apple Cider Vinegar cleanses and restores nutrients to the body so that the body can heal itself.

Where can I buy Ostlers Cloudy Apple Cider Vinegar/Scrumpy”?

You can purchase from our on-line shop on our web site and from local Shops.

Is Ostlers Cloudy Cider Vinegar suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans?

Yes Ostlers Cloudy Cider Vinegar is suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

What is the acidity level of Ostlers Cloudy Cider Vinegar?

The acidity percentage is 4.6%.

How do I take Ostlers Cloudy Cider Vinegar?

The standard way is to mix two tablespoons in a glass of cold or warm water. Take one glassful first thing in the morning, one during or after lunch and one in the evening. To reduce the sharpness mix with one teaspoon of unblended, pure honey. Many who find the vinegar either upsetting their stomach or not working well; find this mixture the perfect answer. Alternatively, it can also be mixed with a fruit cordial of your liking – just add two tablespoons of vinegar to a glass of cold or warm water.

What is the difference between our Cloudy Cider Vinegar and our Vintage Cider Vinegar?

The difference between the Cloudy and the Vintage Cider Vinegar is the taste; the Vintage is preferred by some chefs, the health benefits for the Cloudy and the Vintage are the same.

Why is ACV not pasteurized?

Pasteurization is the heating process intended to remove potential problem bacteria from consumable liquids such as milk, juices, etc. However, this process will also remove delicate nutrients and enzymes that may constitute a major portion of the food value of that consumable. In the case of raw organic Apple Cider Vinegar, pasteurization would eliminate the ‘mother’, a major health-giving factor of our vinegar.

Is it okay to eat/drink the Mother?

The mother is the most nutritious part of the Apple Cider Vinegar and is very beneficial to digest. Often the ‘mother’ settles to the bottom of the bottle. We recommend shaking the bottle lightly to distribute the ‘mother’ before dispensing.

Does Apple Cider Vinegar need to be refrigerated?

It does not need to be refrigerated although it is recommended that you keep the product out of direct sunlight in a relatively cool location.

What is the shelf life of Apple Cider Vinegar?

ACV opened or non-opened has a required ‘official’ shelf life of three to five years after the bottling date, however, experience has shown that the product is safe, usable and effective for an indefinite period if kept out of direct sunlight and in a cool location.