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How long to boil water to get rid of chlorine? And how long does water kefir keep?

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A few random water kefir related questions . . .

When I boil my water to get rid of chlorine, after I bring it to a boil, how long does it need to boil?

If I store finished water kefir at room temp, how long will it stay good?
post #2 of 9
20 minutes is what I have read for boiling chlorine out of water. We also leave a ceramic jug of water out every night to let the chlorine evaporate.
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A few random water kefir related questions . . .

If I store finished water kefir at room temp, how long will it stay good?
A while. Sometimes I'll have some sitting out for a few weeks. Probably depends in part on temperature though so as with all cultures and ferments, I'd go on look, smell, taste.
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20 minutes is what I have read for boiling chlorine out of water. We also leave a ceramic jug of water out every night to let the chlorine evaporate.
Yikes! I'm glad that I asked--I haven't been boiling nearly that long. Fortunately, I've only done 1-2 batches that way as previously I had bummed well water from a friend.

Hmmm . . . I didn't realize it would just evap out if left sitting out. Interesting . . .
post #5 of 9
ok not to highjack but:

why does my water keifer (if put into almond or coconut water/milk) turn into snot?
post #6 of 9
Yes, chlorine will evaporate out of tap water if you just leave sit out in an open container.

However, you should look into chlorination by-products (what happens when the chlorine they add to water interacts with other chemicals in the water), because I don't think these evaporate out, and can be quite nastier than the chlorine itself sometimes. Is it possible for you to get spring water for your kefir?
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Yes, chlorine will evaporate out of tap water if you just leave sit out in an open container.

However, you should look into chlorination by-products (what happens when the chlorine they add to water interacts with other chemicals in the water), because I don't think these evaporate out, and can be quite nastier than the chlorine itself sometimes. Is it possible for you to get spring water for your kefir?
I can get well water most of the time. I have to bum it from a friend or my parents, neither live conveniently close so it takes planning, but both happy to give me a little water --I just ran out and didn't have a chance to get more.

I don't know of any place I can get spring water.
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Actually, I live in a really small town and I'm not even sure what all our water is treated with. I know that it doesn't have floride in it. I suspect it has less gunk in it than the average city water.
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