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#1 of 2 Old 02-28-2010, 04:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
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Okay! I just did my first batch of water kefir. I did a 3 day brew -as what I'm most attracted to are the bubbles. I'm "a skeered!" Did I screw it up? I used the following method:

•2 to 3 Tbs Water Kefir-Grains.
•handful of organic raisins
•half a lemon (not organic and with wax on it-naughty I know)
• 1/2 cup brown sugar
•6 cups fresh water preferably spring or good well water.
•handful of mint

All combined in a glass jar and left for 3 days to steep. I didn't have that many bubbles at the top. A finger dip taste test shows its lost the pleasant mild lemonade flavor of previous days and now tastes like something akin to beer. Must be high in the alcohol content now. But I don't notice much bubbly. Also, there was all this white sludge at the bottom. Have I damaged my grains?!?
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i think that might have been too long of a brew? idk, i'm new to making water kefir myself. it's been getting slightly bubbly, but mostly it still tastes very sweet to me so i don't feel all that compelled to drink it cuz i already have enough yeast issues without drinking sugar water. hopefully someone more experienced will chime in...

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