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I can't believe I did this. I have felt sick with disappointment all day. I just sometimes think I can't do anything right.<br><br>
The first batch I made with my absolutely beautiful, healthy water kefir grains, I pickled. Not only that but in my hubris I didn't think I needed to split my supply in half just in case I made a mistake. I was going to do that when my supply got bigger. I think they are all gone.<br><br>
They fizzle on my tongue.<br><br>
I was hoping I could bring them back. I put them in a jar with lots of sugar, and some molasses. They did brew, but the fizzle on my tongue is even stronger.<br><br>
Can I do anything to get them back?<br><br>
I am spending so much money and effort on supplements, food, etc to help heal my boys, and to have myself do this? I feel ill. DH says i am taking it too hard.<br><br>
What did I do wrong? It was 48 hours ferment. I am thinking I didn't have enough sugar in there, so the grains started to ferment themselves.<br><br>
I need a hug.
 

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First off...<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug"><br><br>
And second, don't beat yourself up over water grains, they are VERY, VERY picky, little buggers<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll"> 48 hrs isn't that long so maybe they aren't really pickled<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/fingersx.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="fingersx">:<br><br>
When you say they fizzle, do you mean that you put the grains in your mouth and they tasted sour? I'm not really understanding. Does the brew smell bad, yeasty like cheese? If so, they are out of balance.<br><br>
If you eat one and they don't taste bad then they are OK. When you make the brew and some float and fall that means they are still good and growing<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin"><br><br>
I killed my first batch of grains after a while (too much lemon) and then my second batch got way out of balance and I gave up trying to get them back to normal. Now I do kombucha and milk kefir(I can only tolerate raw milk).<br><br>
Keep trying and see how they react, it may not be a lost cause. Or start making kombucha!
 

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I'm not totally convinced from your post that you killed them. I've neglected mine, and then brought them back slowly with a couple of 24 hour brews on the kitchen counter - 1/4 cup molasses to one quart of water. Maybe three days in a row. Try it!
 

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Sorry to hijack... How do you get grains back in balance? Should they smell yeasty at all? Mine have a slightly yeasty smell after my first brew. Nothing too horrible, just a slight yeast aroma.
 

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well that's good news.<br><br>
Maybe my extremely scientific term "fizzle" wasn't clear enough.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br>
They taste bubbly when I eat one, like the grain was fermented itself.<br><br>
I will brew again.<br><br>
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A slight yeasty aroma is normal. A strong yeast smell isn't.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/yeahthat.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yeah that">:<br><br>
When mine were out of balance the smell was VERY strong, like a really strong cheese:puke<br><br>
I tried and tried and tried to get them back to normal but gave up and tossed them in the compost.<br><br>
Do any of them float to the top when you brew?
 
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