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I made a batch of water kefir with 5 Tbsp. white sugar, 3 c. spring water, some chopped up gingerroot, and my grains. I checked it today and it was sort of slightly thick and syrupy. Could I have left it out too long? I can't remember whether it had been 48 hrs or 72 hrs since I started it. Also, is it okay to drink the syrupy stuff? It smells okay.
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Mmm, syrupy....

Actually, it should be fine to drink, but I'm wondering about why it's syrupy...usually you don't get syrup unless you heat the water / sugar...

I'd smell, look for funny things growing, and sip a bit. It might be just fine. It doesn't sound like you used too much sugar...could be a ginger root thing? I've never made what they call a 'ginger plant' but maybe that has a more 'syrupy' constitution?? :

Mmm, I see that was 3 cups, not quite a full quart or two of water...it could be that there wasn't enough water, for that long a brew! I think that's the deal!

Try adding more water to make it thinner and more drinkable! You probably have "SUPER KEFIRIN" making going on..that's the stuff that would make your milk thick and creamy, if you were using dairy kefir...but water kefir will still make the 'kefirin' that the Dom talks about. whoot.. I think that's all it is!

BTW, Kefirin is good stuff...nothing to fear....
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