I have been starting a batch of apple cider vinegar experimentally for the first time and I stirred it everyday for the first week and then the second week only Monday Wednesday and Friday. Now it's the 17th day and didn't stir it Saturday/Sunday because I thought it would be ok to leave it sitting there 3 days without stirring it and this (see picture) has developed at the bottom of the container is it mold or the mother? I poured it in a smaller container clearing away all the fermenting apples leaving only the liquid for the second phase of fermentation. It smells alcoholic but definitely not vinegar is it ok or should I discard it? Please see picture.
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