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#1 of 8 Old 04-17-2008, 01:32 PM - Thread Starter
 
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I hadn't used my water kefir grains in a looooong time. Like, since last summer I think. But I've had a sore throat and I just felt like some juice kefir so I hauled them out (I stored them in filtered water in the fridge) and plunked them into some (expensive) unfiltered apple juice. And for a day and a half, nothing happened. I mentally called them dead, but I didn't get around to emptying out the container for another half-day, and then - miracle of miracles! - little bubbles started to form on top, and I could see a small amount of fizzing at the bottom. This morning it's going pretty well, and it smells right. So they weren't dead, just sleeping!

I am posting this in case anyone else has similar troubles... just give them a couple of days before you give up on them!

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Maybe mine are sleeping too - I neglected them on the counter for 10ish days until I finally got around to dealing with them. I used to be able to see the bubbles come up while it was on the counter, but I don't see them anymore. I will taste it in a few days and see if there's been any action.
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mine are in danger too *crosses fingers* I hope they bounce back! I just put them in fresh juice last night and no bubbles yet.
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Ahhh yes, I have done that too.

CluckInAZ- it might be better to use just water, sugar, and a pinch of salt. Juice can stress them out if you use it continously, I've killed some keeping them too long in juice. RIP water grains

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I get juice from WIC and I got the grains specifically for the hoards of juice WIC provides. Juice is across the board bad for the grains?
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No, not across the board bad. Just if you continuously use juice they will eventually get stressed out and may not work properly. Then you need to brew plain for a while to get them back "in shape".

If you have enough grains you could rotate them in the juice. I did that for a while and need to do it again, I love kefir juice! A blueberry juice blend is my all time favorite

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Sigh - mine are dead I took out my back up supply from the freezer last night and got them going, but I don't see any kind of action happening this morning. How long does it take frozen grains to resume their activities? I have a sinking feeling they are dead too
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Give them another 36 hours before you write them off completely. They may surprise you yet.
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