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Do you use molasses in your water kefir?

  • Yes I use molasses

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I've just started doing water kefir. I used raw sugar and 1 tsp molasses, as the recipe stated.<br><br>
However, we've discovered we don't really like the molasses taste.<br><br>
Does everyone use it? Do I have to? The grains did really well and all (doubled in size after just one time), but it's a waste if we don't like the flavour.<br><br>
Thoughts?
 

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I make my water kefir with sucanat. I've also tried a single batch made with sorghum syrup and I liked it... it seems like the grains did well, but I didn't do it repeatedly to see how they fare over time.
 

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HI! You already know my answer (I don't use it), but if your grains doubled in size after one batch, I might add it a few times to get more grains. I want to be able to divide mine to make a batch of water kefir and a batch of juice kefir at the same time.
 

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Molasses provides minerals and the grains reproduce faster if you give 1 tablespoon (or less).<br><br><br>
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I voted no because when I make water kefir to drink myself, I use organic evaporated cane crystals. I really hate the way molasses water kefir tastes and if I don't like it, I'm not very motivated to drink it <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
However, minerals are really good for the grains and so when we produce/grow water kefir grains for our site, we grow them using rapadura--I've tried everything and that by far produces the healthiest, happiest and fastest growing kefir grains.
 

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So, basically..they WILL produce water kefir and reproduce (but just more slowly) without molasses. Since we don't care for the taste maybe I will just use molasses every once in a while or just a very small amount.<br><br>
Thanks!
 

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I use maple syrup, grade C so there is a bunch of minerals in there. My water kefir does fine without molasses. But if I were using plain ol sugar, I would use just a tiny bit of molasses.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">, we grow them using rapadura--I've tried everything and that by far produces the healthiest, happiest and fastest growing kefir grains.</div>
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You know, maybe that is why they used to grow like crazy! I haven't been using rapadura this year and they've slowed down. I was losing my mind trying to figure it out.<br><br><br>
Pat
 
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