Clostridium acetobutylicum has been used as a microbial platform for the production of butanol, acetone, and butyrate from biomass. This study examined the effect of nutritional enrichment on the production of acetate and butyrate by C. acetobutylicum in culture, and tested whether this nutritional change could shift metabolic flux in these microbial cells. The degenerated (non-solventogenic) C. acetobutylicum M5 strain, which lacks the pSOL1 plasmid that contains genes responsible for solvent production, was cultured in the rich medium, C. acetobutylicum medium 1 (CAM1). As a control, M5 strain was also cultured in clostridial growth medium (CGM). Batch fermentation of M5 strain in CAM1 achieved a cell density of 23.7 (OD600), which was 2.55 times that obtained when these cells were cultured in CGM. Fermentation in CAM1 yielded volumetric acetate and butyrate productivities of 0.42 g/L/h and 1.06 g/L/h, respectively, which were 2.33 and 1.33 times the values obtained in CGM. Nutritional enrichment also increased the acetate-to-butyrate ratio, which was 0.39 g/g for M5 cells grown in CAM1 and 0.25 g/g for those grown in CGM. These findings demonstrate that the tested nutritional enrichment triggers a metabolic shift in the acid production of a degenerated C. acetobutylicum in culture.