I poured it into a strainer so I could take a picture. There were four thin layers of mother. Evidently every time I disturbed the bottle (to use it on my hair) a new mother began to form.
I checked the quart jar that holds the vinegar I was using for cleaning and to pour into the hair-rinse-bottle. I didn't see any new floating mother in that jar. Then I checked the pint jar where I was storing the mother, and found that it had grown another layer. I've had this happen before, but not an inch-thick layer like this one has.
Underneath the top layer you can see the original mother, which is curled into this jar (compare it to the second photo in this post, taken when I first transferred the mother into the jar). That top layer is new, and it's very thick.
Yes, that is powerful vinegar with a very healthy mother.
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