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by AlexP
Sat Aug 19, 2017 9:01 am
Forum: Water Kefir
Topic: white substance on water kefir grain, normal?
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: white substance on water kefir grain, normal?

Try skipping the raisins (and any dried fruit) and see if that helps. I'm not exactly sure why, but I know raisins can sometimes put that white stuff on the grains. As long as it still smells and tastes pleasant, then I wouldn't be concerned though. Also rinsing the grains every batch may not be nec...
by AlexP
Tue Mar 28, 2017 8:20 pm
Forum: Milk Kefir
Topic: Milk kefir taste and smell
Replies: 1
Views: 695

Re: Milk kefir taste and smell

Typically most people have issues with milk kefir being too yeasty and fizzy and they want that creamy bacteria rich kefir. If it is too flat and sour though, you certainly can miss out on some of those multi-dimensional flavors you get with yeast. Temperature plays a big role with yeast in milk kef...
by AlexP
Wed Jan 04, 2017 7:46 pm
Forum: Ginger Beer Plant
Topic: A Rough Start and a Few Questions
Replies: 1
Views: 754

Re: A Rough Start and a Few Questions

Ginger juice works best with a light sugar recipe. I've successfully done just ginger juice and white sugar, but if its struggling, you can give it some dark sugar. Yeah, without the ginger, it won't taste like ginger, but it can still have a great flavor. You can also just add some ginger spice fla...
by AlexP
Sat Dec 03, 2016 7:45 pm
Forum: Sourdough
Topic: Do Sourdough Starter, Kefir and Villi Cultures interfere with each other?
Replies: 1
Views: 534

Re: Do Sourdough Starter, Kefir and Villi Cultures interfere with each other?

Possibly. If you are concerned, I would recommend separate areas. Sourdough has some strong airborne yeasts and that can get into the kefir and viili if you are using open lids. It may not even be noticeable or it may change some characteristics. Milk kefir and viili also has the potential to cross ...
by AlexP
Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:12 pm
Forum: Ginger Beer Plant
Topic: Too Much Yeast Action?
Replies: 2
Views: 398

Re: Too Much Yeast Action?

It's generally best to keep the amount of GBP low - consistent with whatever recipe you are using. A little extra GBP probably won't hurt, but too much may start to hurt them. You are right that the yeast is more opportunistic than the bacteria and can overpower the bacteria if there's not enough su...
by AlexP
Sun Nov 20, 2016 6:15 pm
Forum: Water Kefir
Topic: Can I mix water kefir grains with ginger beer grains?
Replies: 1
Views: 352

Re: Can I mix water kefir grains with ginger beer grains?

It sounds like it would be interesting to try, but I personally prefer to keep them separate and authentic. They are closely related, but it wouldn't surprise me if the ginger beer plant overpowers the water kefir grains and it turned out more like ginger beer than water kefir. Those ginger beer pla...
by AlexP
Sun Nov 13, 2016 3:14 pm
Forum: Viili
Topic: Use coconut milk for villi ???
Replies: 1
Views: 864

Re: Use coconut milk for villi ???

Yes you can. It's not ideal for the viili bacteria though, so I would recommend having another stater in pasteurized cows milk and then using that starter to make coconut milk viili. You could probably do a couple or so batches in coconut milk before having to start over with the starter from the co...
by AlexP
Sat Nov 05, 2016 12:10 am
Forum: Water Kefir
Topic: Is using softened well water ok for grains?
Replies: 2
Views: 322

Re: Is using softened well water ok for grains?

Grains tend to do better in hard water or non-filtered water, but it really comes down to the water you are most comfortable drinking. The minerals and whatever else you are trying filter will still be there in the finished water kefir. If your softener doesn't filter too much out, it should be fine...
by AlexP
Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:45 pm
Forum: Water Kefir
Topic: Preserving Water Kefir Soda
Replies: 1
Views: 402

Re: Preserving Water Kefir Soda

Well, water kefir can technically last for years and won't go bad. It will just keep slowly fermenting, even capped and refrigerated. It will just keep using up the last of the sugar, until it becomes mostly acids / vinegar. Even then if you add some sugar, you could probably still drink it.

Alex
by AlexP
Sat Oct 29, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Water Kefir
Topic: Metallic after taste, odd smell
Replies: 1
Views: 493

Re: Metallic after taste, odd smell

It may just be the yeasts developing. Without minerals, the yeast would have greatly suffered and its likely struggling to come back. The grains and liquid will change color based off the sugar color, so that is normal. It may take a few batches to rebalance from what you were doing.

Alex

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