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Water Kefir...Please Help.

Old 01-13-2021, 07:59 PM
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Tropit, you gave me inspiration and made me thaw out my milk kefir bugs. I was worried about whether they had survived the 4 or 5 year frozen rest I had given them. I warmed them up on my counter for several hours and then put some 2% milk on them. Left them in the fridge overnight, and then put them on my counter next to a salt lamp. Two days later I had curds and whey. I disposed of that first batch, rinsed my bugs and started another pint next to the salt lamp. Hoping for good kefir tomorrow. I may still order some water grains just to have an alternative taste sometimes.
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Old 01-17-2021, 09:10 AM
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Originally Posted by SusieQOH View Post
tropit- I mentioned this to my husband, who is a food scientist and he said you may not have it in a warm enough place.
I think he's right. They sat in an area that was just barely warm enough, around 65-70 f. Our weather warmed up this week and now my bottles are all bubbling away. The water kefir tastes wonderful! It's kind of like kombucha, but without that tea taste and without the caffeine. It tastes sort of like a fizzy lemonade, but not too sweet. WW says that one cup is 0 points. I like that!
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Old 01-17-2021, 09:18 AM
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Originally Posted by Barb in Louisiana View Post
Tropit, you gave me inspiration and made me thaw out my milk kefir bugs. I was worried about whether they had survived the 4 or 5 year frozen rest I had given them. I warmed them up on my counter for several hours and then put some 2% milk on them. Left them in the fridge overnight, and then put them on my counter next to a salt lamp. Two days later I had curds and whey. I disposed of that first batch, rinsed my bugs and started another pint next to the salt lamp. Hoping for good kefir tomorrow. I may still order some water grains just to have an alternative taste sometimes.
Barb, I'm so glad to help you get started. I love, love, love experimenting in my kitchen with interesting foods. I'm glad that you've caught the bug.

Although, I haven't made milk kefir in many years, I'm thinking that you may have one of two problems...either your kefir grains are no longer viable, or that lamp may have made them too warm. You can get these small thermometer strips that adhere to a jar, which can help you know what temp your kefir is at, just at a glance. They're super cheap and can go stay on the jar when it goes through the dishwasher. One place that you can find them is at https://shop.culturesforhealth.com/p...mp-thermometer . They may not be the cheapest place, but I know that they carry them. I have 2 strips now, but want to get some more.
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I've been experimenting with different flavors of water kefir. I've decided that I don't like the fresh strawberries in it. It tastes weird to me, like half rotten strawberries. It's drinkable with a couple of squeezes of fresh lime, but I don't think I make that recipe again.

I do like the lemon, lime, ginger flavor...a lot! It's so refreshing! I added some fresh blueberries to a couple of the bottles and it made the WK pink, but didn't add much to the flavor.

I'm going to try adding some vanilla extract to a couple of bottles, for a, "cream soda," taste. We'll see how that works out. I also have some root beer herbs that I could add.
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