^^^emanphoto you can use a pure lactobacillus starter in the form of a Culturelle probiotic capsule/packet that will be vegan-friendly. Don't know the availability of those in Thailand but I'd imagine Amazon ships most everywhere. Or use the juice from a raw sauerkraut or kimchi ferment. Or a previous hot sauce ferment. The only starter I can see giving you a problem from a vegan point of view is yogurt whey. The bacteria in all these cases is almost always Lactobacillus species. Plus or minus a few other types of lactic acid producing bacteria. Not yeast.
Instead of chili powder and vinegar I added hot sauce. Also substituted fruit preserve for brown sugar, a little goes a long way. No oil in my version. The original recipe is good but too sweet, even for a sweet sauce. If trying that one, I'd add the brown sugar last and little by little, to taste.
1. Carolina Gold - SC style mustard sauce. About 50% of that is my first, mostly unsuccessful, attempt at an aji amarillo hot sauce. By itself it had good heat but not so great flavor. But added to mustard, a little ketchup, Worchestershire, onion, garlic, and chopped Peppadews, it becomes a really tasty BBQ sauce for pork with a sneaky, building heat. The Peppadews obviously add little to no heat but the red bits reinforce the visual image of spice and will help me remember what this is compared to my usual less spicy SC style sauce.
2. Tropical Habanero/Manzano - Another "hot sauce gone wrong" salvage. I made a really tasty sauce, detailed in this thread, but it ended up waaay too thick and pulpy. It just wasn't going to work. So I emptied about half my woozies into a pot, added ketchup, mustard, 10z of "Gina Tropical Fruit Juice" from the Asian market (contains mango, papaya, guyabano, pineapple, and calamansi juices) and a couple other secret ingredients and voila! A new flavor is born. This one is mostly hot sauce so it's pretty hot but also pretty sweet and really flavorful with tropical fruit. Might be nice (sparingly) on pulled pork but I'm really thinking wings as the first test food.
3. Eastern NC BBQ sauce - Kept it pretty traditional with this one, mostly. Apple cider and distilled vinegar, water, salt, black pepper, a little apple juice, a little molasses, a little garlic and onion powder. For the heat, instead of cayenne/red pepper flakes I added my Ghost/Fresno "Sorta Sriracha" hot sauce which is basically peppers, garlic, brown sugar, water, and vinegar. NO tomato in this one, any red color is from peppers. Heat is just a little more than what I consider to be standard for this style.
4. "JC's Masterpice" - KC style sauce. This is the most complex of all of them. Ketchup, molasses, mustard, Worchestershire, salt, black pepper, onion, garlic, vinegar, apricot preserves, lemon juice, tamarind. For the heat I added my "Mexi-racha" hot sauce made from red jalapenos, guajillos, red onion, a LOT of smoked garlic, brown sugar, salt, and Carolina Reaper-infused vinegar. Like the previous sauce, you will taste a little heat in the spoon but added sparingly on ribs, for instance, it won't probably come off as really hot. Really delicious is what I'm hoping for.
My local distiller hooked me up with some fresh used staves and the rest was science.
I make some vinegars (and wines) too and I have found that Pinot Grigio comes out really tart everytime. I like that kind of thing so its fine but depending on what youre looking to accomplish you might try a Riesling or something sweeter.
Thanks, this time around I did a more standard salt water brine.
As for the oak, I'm hopeful. Tried BLiS Blast and found the oak to be a little too much (and the chocolate notes from the Founders stout didn't work for me at all).
So about 10 weeks later the fermentation seemed to be winding down so I opened it up and tried it. First impression: sour! Not sure why, pH was 3.5 but it seemed much more sour than other sauces I've made at that pH. Heat was good though. Tried adding more salt and some brown sugar which improved the balance somewhat but still seemed too sour. Decided I wasn't going to definitively fix it right now. I wanted to try oak aging so I hot filled the mash into a couple quart jars with about half an ounce of French oak cubes in each jar. Since these will age probably 8 months more, didn't want to go heavy on the oak.
Started a new ferment with Chipotles, guajillos, and fresnos. Along with some carrots and garlic and a little brown sugar in the brine. This will have lower heat I'm assuming but some nice smoky flavors. Thinking of oak aging this too after fermentation and combining with the first mash before finishing it into a sauce,