Thanks for this article! I have a "rogue mother" on my hands and was wondering what to do with it.
I made a herbal tincture of fall-dug Dandelion root in Apple Cider Vinegar, organic and unpasteurized of course. Dandelion root dug in the fall is rich in Inulin, an indigestible sugar that may have some health benefits*. The Inulin shows up as a white layer on the bottom of the jar.
When I finally got around to decanting this batch I found little Inulin, but a huge layer of Mother of Vinegar, resembling a thick Kombucha pancake. My guess is that the mother ate the Inulin, and the question was whether I should strain the tincture to remove it, or blend it in. I think I will try the latter.