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07-12-2008 11:10 PM
girlgeek I am overwhelmed by the nr. of threads re. kefir and much to read so little time...
I am crazy about my success in making kombucha and now would like to try water kefir. Maybe later I will try milk kefir.
Does any one have any water kefir grains to share?
Thank you!
03-19-2007 07:59 PM
velcromom Jen, I don't know if this would work for your grains since mine are converted from milk kefir, but when I used them with a ginger tea from fresh ginger, they seemed to really rev up and go. I did include sugar. I didn't care for the taste but since they seemed to like it I let them rest in it til the sugar had been consumed & the brew had no sweetness left. Since I've put them back in apple juice and they are very active. I also switched from a loosely lidded jar to an antique jar with a wire bail that tightens the lid down. I think that helps increase the fizziness.
03-19-2007 07:02 PM
newcastlemama They are now on their 3rd or 4th. I just put then in some new water/suagr to see if anything will happen.
03-19-2007 06:57 PM
Gale Force How many water changes have they been through with you? Did they seem dry when you got them (besides being out of water)?
03-19-2007 05:50 PM
newcastlemama It is still sweet and no bubbles after 3 days. They were sent to me last week and the water/sugar was drained from the baggy they were in so they may have died. Whi knows how long they were without liquid for.

Thanks Amanda,
03-19-2007 02:42 PM
Gale Force I'm reading too qquickly, Jennifer. Sorry

How do you know it's not fermenting? Still too sweet? No fizz?
Did they "work" before? Are these new?
03-19-2007 12:29 PM
newcastlemama i don't care if mine grow so much...I just want them to ferment the water mixture. I make another batch tonight and see how it goes.

03-19-2007 11:57 AM
Gale Force Do not try to understand water kefir.

My grains grew like crazy over the summer, I sent them to about 50 people. They grew in some homes, not in others. They didn't grow here the last couple of months. They are picking up again. (This part makes sense -- it's getting warmer.)
03-19-2007 12:47 AM
newcastlemama Okay. Right now I have molasses, sugar, water and banana with my grains trying to help them. After 3 days in lime and sugar nothing seemed to happen. It has been 70ish degrees here too so I expected something.

I don't get it. Water kefir is making me :
03-14-2007 07:13 PM
auntieM As cobluegirl said, the alcohol content is small. It's my understanding that it can range from 0.5-3%. It's probably just fine, but I think I'd stick with the shorter, lower alcohol ferments while pregnant. By comparison, a lot of beers are around 5 or 6% with some of the light versions around 3.5%.
03-14-2007 06:42 PM
cobluegirl The alcohol content is should be fine while pregnant.
03-14-2007 11:18 AM
megincl Hi Kefir Goddesses!

Can you drink water kefir while pregnant? I know that the drink becomes slightly it safe?

03-11-2007 01:56 AM
Originally Posted by saratc View Post
Yes, I would be interested in a thread of just recipes.
Here it is:

Be sure to add your canned fruit recipe and tips!
03-11-2007 01:28 AM
Originally Posted by auntieM View Post
Your grains will probably start multiplying if you give them a little more nutrition. A little molasses might get them going.
Yes, I read that in another thread. I'm adding in some rapadura to the white sugar so we can adjust to the taste and see if the grains grow.
03-11-2007 12:52 AM
Originally Posted by yitlan View Post
3. What do you think about a Kefir Soda recipes thread? JUST recipes so folks don't have to sort through all the other info. They can reference this thread for all that info. Would you all share your favorites there?
Yes, I would be interested in a thread of just recipes.

I've been experimenting with canned fruit, which started out with me cleaning my pantry and me finding a can of lychees that I was gonna donate since it was canned in sugar water. I decided to ferment it with water kefir grains instead. I added some water to the liquid and it was delicious! After about a day and a half, I bottled the liquid in airtight bottles while it was still somewhat sweet, and a day or two in the fridge later, it was very fizzy with a hint of sweetness, and tasted like a tangy lychee soda! The lychees, which started out sweeter than the liquid, were slightly sweet with a lychee wine flavor. Yum!
03-11-2007 12:32 AM
auntieM Your grains will probably start multiplying if you give them a little more nutrition. A little molasses might get them going.

I tried a tea long ago & I remember it being good. I have a batch that I haven't tried yet that has an herbal infusion in it. My friend uses fresh fruit--mangoes, bananas... & it is really yummy.

Glad to see this going again. I'll bet that we've all had lots of fun experiments that we can share.
03-10-2007 09:33 PM
yitlan Reviving this 'ol thread! I am getting back into the sodas after a short time of experimentation. Right after I started making them, I got pregnant and could not stomach them for whatever reason. Part of it may have been the strong flavor of the rapadura. This past month I've been using organic white sugar and lemon or lime juice, ala the EFLF recipes. We LOVE them. My kids are drinking the stuff up like crazy. So I reread this thread and forgot I used to drop in dried pineapple and other fruits. I have some dried persimmons and will try that.

I wanted to revive this to ask a few questions:
1. Those of you using agave, are your grains growing? I think I'd like to try agave and am just curious. My grains multiplied some on their long break (all I did was put them in sugar water and replace the water very occasionally). Luckily they survived the pregnancy! Anyway, during the holidays I gave my mom half and now I have a tiny amount that's making a quart at a time, but not multiplying.
2. Anyone tried any type of tea combo? Mix the brewed soda with flavored tea?
3. What do you think about a Kefir Soda recipes thread? JUST recipes so folks don't have to sort through all the other info. They can reference this thread for all that info. Would you all share your favorites there?
08-30-2006 03:04 AM
Originally Posted by Gale Force
Interesting. Yellow jackets go through a sugar phase. I expect they are in it now. This makes me realize that our population is down this year. No complaints from me on that.
OT, Sorry. We just went on a big trip to MT, ID & WA. There were thick yellow jackets at most of our stops. Not so many in CA though.
08-29-2006 04:39 PM
cobluegirl I keep a lid on my stuff because I can't stand the bugs that it attracts.
08-29-2006 03:34 PM
Gale Force Interesting. Yellow jackets go through a sugar phase. I expect they are in it now. This makes me realize that our population is down this year. No complaints from me on that.
08-29-2006 02:02 PM
PGTlatte Has anyone noticed that their brewing kefir attracts bees like crazy ? Today was the first day in a while we have had the windows open. I called DH at work freaked out because I had to walk through a cloud of about a dozen yellowjackets to let the dog into our yard. They were hovering all around the back screen door and the window, and so I thought they might have a nest right outside our door. But then when I closed the solid door and the window, they just disappeared - they were just trying to get into the house. I thought it might be the kefir they smelled, so I moved the jar into the laundry room, opened the window and door back up, and they haven't come back. I have noticed that the kefir has a very distinctive smell, so I guess that smell attracts bees. Has anyone else noticed this ?
08-15-2006 02:11 PM
PGTlatte Yesterday morning I was too busy to squish fruit so I made that batch with some bottled apple juice (100% juice), and later I squeezed part of a leftover lime into it. I'm not a big fan of apple juice so I wasn't expecting much, but wow, it's really good kefir ! It doesn't taste anything like apple juice anymore - it's like a light, barely sweet lime seltzer.

Linda B.
08-13-2006 08:54 PM
knittinclothmama Does anyone have any water grains to share?? I have some milk grains in the fridge 'resting' right now 'cuz with four kids we go through milk like crazy and I can't seem to keep enough around for long. And I think my son might have a milk allergy SO I'm wanting to try water kefir grains. Sounds like you ladies are making some yummy stuff!! Please PM me if you have some grains and how much!!! Thank you, thank you!!!!
08-13-2006 12:19 AM
cobluegirl I dunno...mine isn't even being fizzy.... I wonder if they are much more sensitive than the scoby's....
08-12-2006 11:07 PM
So, after two great brews that fizzed and used up all the sugar, my brew is fizzy, but still sweet and still has the hint of rotten fruit smell and flavor. In fact, the grains themselves have the smell and today's brew tastes much too sweet, even the two day soda.
Why is this so difficult to fine tune? : I don't have any trouble at all with my kombucha.
08-12-2006 06:44 PM
cobluegirl I think it has to sit for a much longer time to actually turn to alcohol.
08-12-2006 05:40 PM
PGTlatte Yesterday's batch of canteloupe/strawberry/black cherry kefir is really yummy ! I am wondering though, if a fermentation really goes to town, can it contain significant alcohol after just 24 hrs ? It was bubbling pretty furiously - apparently it really liked the strawberry juice - and I notice that when I drink it, I feel a little euphoric I'm enjoying it but not sure it's ok for our 3 yo DS ! Is there some sort of gadget I can buy from a brew store to check alcohol content, like a hygrometer or something ? And if a fermentation is going really furiously, can kefir be ready after only 12 hours (if you don't want it to be alcoholic ?)


Linda B.
08-11-2006 12:04 AM
Threefold I've made the lemon too and it was yummy.
I am definately going to try dried cherries!

I have turbinado and ginger root slices going now.

How fast do the grains multiply? Mine don't seem to be ttc.
08-10-2006 07:31 PM
ChristieB I made lemon kefir. After straining the grains out, I add some peel and the juice of one lemon. I think I used the peel from about 1/2 the lemon, and I took a knife and peeled off only the yellow part. I also added 1/2 Tbs. more agave nectar (since the lemon is so tart, compared to dried fruit). It's the best lemonade I've made all season! Ds loves it! I'll try it with a lime next. I'm sure it will be wonderful, too.

I'm anxious for my grains to multiply enough that I can have 2 quarts brewing at a time. Then maybe dh and I will get more than just a taste! Ds loves the kefir made with dried cherries, too. We call it cherry juice (he is philosophically opposed to drinking kefir, so we call it "juice" and "lemonade" ).

08-10-2006 07:00 PM
Threefold As long as it's nothing to worry about dd and I aren't bothered by it
I think ds will turn his nose up, but at least he'll drink kombucha
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