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post #21 of 55
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Originally Posted by Amatullah View Post
Do you eat the blueberries after or do you just toss them?

Also... what do you all do with ALL of the grains. I didn't measure what was sent to me but in only 3 days I feel like they are taking over. With my milk grains I just eat them but not sure what to do with these. I can give some out but what do you all do when you've just got a ton? Do you just toss them can you eat them??? I just thought of another question and then forgot what it was.... oh yeah... how do you know how many grains to use and how do you know when it's time to cut back. I'm up to my ears in teething baby (which means I'm lazy and have no time to fish after skg grains LOL) so I just tossed my grains in a nylon nut-milk bag and just toss that in the water.
I actually toss the blueberries. I think I ate one once and there wasn't much flavor left in it.

I have no idea when you should start cutting back the grains... dogmom could probably answer that better. But I also have a ton of them. I try to keep some in some sugar water in the fridge as backups, and I'm going to dry some too for a second backup. Beyond that, I just give my extra grains away to friends.
post #22 of 55
OK I was directed to this thread from the "Got Kefir" thread to ask who has extra grains right now... After making milk kefir with my 'little grain friends' for about 6 years, I think I finally killed them. (See my post in 'Got Kefir' thread)

Im in Central CA and would be glad to pay for priority shipping. I have never tried water kefir so I am hesitant but encouraged thanks to you ladies. Id love to give them a try.:
post #23 of 55
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Originally Posted by Amatullah View Post
Do you eat the blueberries after or do you just toss them?

Also... what do you all do with ALL of the grains. I didn't measure what was sent to me but in only 3 days I feel like they are taking over. With my milk grains I just eat them but not sure what to do with these. I can give some out but what do you all do when you've just got a ton? Do you just toss them can you eat them??? I just thought of another question and then forgot what it was.... oh yeah... how do you know how many grains to use and how do you know when it's time to cut back. I'm up to my ears in teething baby (which means I'm lazy and have no time to fish after skg grains LOL) so I just tossed my grains in a nylon nut-milk bag and just toss that in the water.
I'm sorry, I completely missed your question. You need approximately 3 tablespoons of water kefir grains to culture 2 quarts of kefir (some people say up to 3 qt.). If your grains are multiplying, you can pull out 3 T. and either start a second container brewing or share them with someone. I have heard of people feeding extra grains to goats too (know someone who does this).
post #24 of 55
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Originally Posted by dogmom327 View Post
I'm sorry, I completely missed your question. You need approximately 3 tablespoons of water kefir grains to culture 2 quarts of kefir (some people say up to 3 qt.). If your grains are multiplying, you can pull out 3 T. and either start a second container brewing or share them with someone. I have heard of people feeding extra grains to goats too (know someone who does this).
Wow... for real??? I must have a cup or so of grains to about a quart of water
Any idea what happens when you use to many grains? It's obvious in milk kefir b/c it gets very curdy and yougurty but what about with water grains.
post #25 of 55
What if you're only culturing one quart at a time? Should you use less than 3 tablespoons?
post #26 of 55
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Originally Posted by Ms.Doula View Post
OK I was directed to this thread from the "Got Kefir" thread to ask who has extra grains right now... After making milk kefir with my 'little grain friends' for about 6 years, I think I finally killed them. (See my post in 'Got Kefir' thread)

Im in Central CA and would be glad to pay for priority shipping. I have never tried water kefir so I am hesitant but encouraged thanks to you ladies. Id love to give them a try.:
I think they meant a different thread. I think the thread you're after is in the trading post forum.
post #27 of 55
Ah yes, but it apeared to me to be locked... This was the only other place LOL
post #28 of 55
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Originally Posted by Amatullah View Post
Wow... for real??? I must have a cup or so of grains to about a quart of water
Any idea what happens when you use to many grains? It's obvious in milk kefir b/c it gets very curdy and yougurty but what about with water grains.
I personally haven't every had an issue with it. I suppose maybe it's culturing a bit faster but I've had my own personal stash of grains multiply to the point I didn't think about it and suddenly I had over a cup of grains. Never noticed any significant difference with the finished kefir.

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Originally Posted by Peek-a-boo View Post
What if you're only culturing one quart at a time? Should you use less than 3 tablespoons?
No, I wouldn't worry about using less. When I send out grains, I send out 3 tablespoons regardless (2 t. of dried grains rehydrates to 3 T.).
post #29 of 55
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Ah yes, but it apeared to me to be locked... This was the only other place LOL
I pm'd a mod for you, and they opened it back up. It was just moved into the wrong place- that's why it was locked.

http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=517191
post #30 of 55
: Thanks so much!! I suppose I could have done that as well LOL But I assumed it was done for a reason. Im so out of the loop arround here. I used to be so involved with everything MDC, but I haven't posted here in about 2 years now
post #31 of 55
I really like to do half water and half apple/pommagranate-cherry juice. The grains seem pretty happy in it, you know, floating, bubbling, making lots of pressure I also really like sucanat with fresh ginger. That's the only way I like sucanat right now. I'm kind of lazy so I haven't gotten around to squeezing lemons yet but the lemonade sounds really good. I got some apple cider on a good sale so they're brewing happily in that right now.

I have about 1 TBS of grains right now because I've given so many away and have no problem fermenting my water/juice in 24 hours. Any longer and it's usually getting a little too beer-like to serve to the 2 yo, not that he complains.
post #32 of 55
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Originally Posted by Rachel J. View Post
I also really like sucanat with fresh ginger. That's the only way I like sucanat right now.
Do you put the ginger in while it's brewing are after removing the grains?

Is it grated? Chunks? Juice?

Do you know if ginger is one of those things that is actually hard on grains? Or healthy for the grains?

Sounds yummy! :
post #33 of 55
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Originally Posted by Peek-a-boo View Post
Do you put the ginger in while it's brewing are after removing the grains?

Is it grated? Chunks? Juice?

Do you know if ginger is one of those things that is actually hard on grains? Or healthy for the grains?

Sounds yummy! :
Water kefir grains love fresh ginger juice (not the bottled stuff with preservatives). It's one of the things Dom's kefir site recommends for healthy grains.
post #34 of 55
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Water kefir grains love fresh ginger juice (not the bottled stuff with preservatives). It's one of the things Dom's kefir site recommends for healthy grains.

So what's the best way to get fresh ginger juice? If I grate it and sort of squeeze the drops out, is that best? Or just stick bits of grated ginger in the brewing liquid?
post #35 of 55
I suppose running it through a juicer would be best, eh?
post #36 of 55
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Originally Posted by Peek-a-boo View Post
So what's the best way to get fresh ginger juice? If I grate it and sort of squeeze the drops out, is that best? Or just stick bits of grated ginger in the brewing liquid?
I'd juice it. The bits would be a pain to pick out later.

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Originally Posted by Peek-a-boo View Post
I suppose running it through a juicer would be best, eh?
As someone who doesn't own a juicer and does it by hand...a juicer would be much much easier. Less sore hands that way (I grate it, then put it in cheesecloth and squeeze).
post #37 of 55
Hmmm, now just have to remember where in the bowels of my garage my juicer is located and how to operate it.
post #38 of 55
(moved my question to different thread)
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post #40 of 55
Has anyone ever tried MINT in water kefir?? I just ordered my first set of water kefir grains, and can't wait to get started using them. I was sipping on some mint tea and thought....mmmmm, mint water kefir might be yummy and refreshing. Is mint okay to use??

Valerie
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