I've been brewing WK for a couple of months now and it's been a rollercoaster! ;) My grains were growing slowly so I tried adding molasses to them. They really liked that for a little while and started producing more grains but we were getting tired of the same flavor. I tried raisins, dried unsulphered mangoes, etc. and they were so so. I decided to try distilled bottled water to see if it was my H20 and they totally took off! I used that water twice and then they started dying off again. I tried a different brand of distilled water and nothing. Still nothing now even though I added molasses again.
The only other major thing I did recently was start adding fresh ginger. My boys like ginger a lot so I added a couple of chunks and instead of putting it in my reusuable tea bags like I had been, I just put it right in w/ the water/grains. Now it's not fermenting the water much at all, it's turned almost to silt and there are only a few viable floaters moving. Arg! Could I have killed them off w/ the ginger?? I can't believe it's been such a delicate balance for me with getting these guys to grow! I finally felt like I was making progress and now they seem like they are toast.
Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.