I have had milk kefir for years and I love it. I love that when you put it into milk, 24 hours later, something different results. It is clearly no longer milk! It looks and tastes very different.
I have wanted water kefir so badly and I finally got some a couple of months ago. I just wish it was as simple as milk kefir! I just got water kefir and am having a hard time with it. For the life of me, I can never tell if it is working! One test is that it is supposed to be less sweet. But it is so very sweet that I can't tell if it is less sweet. Sweet is sweet to me. At first I figured it was working because it was multiplying so rapidly. But it isn't doing that anymore. I think it might be growing but it is so much slower, it's hard to tell. I was giving it away like crazy at first because it just grew and grew! A couple of my friends told me that their water kefir (which they got from me) isn't growing anymore either. So I put some in an air tight bottle and thought that if it gets carbonated, surely it is doing something. But it didn't carbonate. I thought it was because I didn't fill the bottle up enough, I only had it half full (not sure what I was thinking there!). But my friend told me today that she put some in a bottle, up to the top, corked it, and it also didn't carbonate. And last, I used to see bubbles rising to the top of the jar when it was fermenting, but I can't see bubbles like I could before. Did we all just kill our water kefir? :(