Water Kefir Questions

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Water Kefir
Ingredients / Utensils
8-cup glass jar. I use a Mason jar.
Plastic sieve or colander.

¼ cup+ water kefir grains
2-3 unsulphured dates (or other dried fruit: prunes, apricots, raisins)
1/2 organic lemon (or peeled if not organic)
1/3-1/2 cup sugar- brown, raw, white or Rapadura etc.
1 tsp of unsulfured black strap molasses (for minerals).
fill jar 2/3 with fresh water, preferably spring water or well water. ***MUST be non-chlorinated water!! No tap water.

Store covered in the cupboard at room temperature for 24-72 hours.
Strain the grains from the liquid kefir, and repeat above.
Store the liquid kefir in the refrigerator until use. Use within a week or so. Start with small quantities of 1 tablespoon, gradually increasing (or decreasing) depending upon tolerance

The water kefir grains will reproduce rapidly! Share the extra with friends and neighbors for improved health.

Water Kefir photos and instructions: http://www.weim.net/homeovet/Docs/water%20kefir.pdf

Instructions: http://nourishedkitchen.com/water-kefir/

Making Water Kefir (on YouTube): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntei6_CEZNo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-t9C7PoBRc (not necessary to rinse grains)

Ordering more culture starters
: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/splash.php

The King of Kefir: http://users.chariot.net.au/~dna/Makekefir.html#Kefir-d-acqua

Please share extra cultures here: http://heal-thyself.ning.com/group/sharingstartercultures


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    Aischa Ibnouzahir

    Is water kefir normally more yeasty than kombucha? This is my second time trying out water kefir, and the yeasty-ness is bothering me--taste wise. These are new grains, re-hydrated, on their third cycle. Will it evolve or is this water water Kefir is?


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    Pat Robinson

    Hmmm... if I let the water kefir sit longer 72+ hours), it seems a bit more yeasty. I've only used fresh grains, not dehydrated grains. Have you added anything for flavor? Maybe some lemon, molasses or dates?


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    I put my grains into "hibernation" because I did not have a slice of lemon.
    Now I brought them back out and put them into fresh sugar water. Is the water that it was hibernating in  useful at all?