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by Robinstar
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:23 am
Forum: Milk Kefir
Topic: Bringing yeasy Kefir back to normal....
Replies: 1
Views: 102

Re: Bringing yeasy Kefir back to normal....

Thanks for that! That's interesting. I know hot temperatures really cater the yeast, but its interesting to hear that simply fermenting out of the fridge was enough to help the bacteria rebalance. Thanks.
by Robinstar
Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:19 am
Forum: Milk Kefir
Topic: new grain batch not growing - sluggish to ferment also
Replies: 1
Views: 93

Re: new grain batch not growing - sluggish to ferment also

Milk keif grains do usually grow quite slowly. It's hard to see them grow each batch, but after 3 weeks, they probably should have grown by now. Sometimes there's an adjustment period with the new milk and environment and may naturally start growing soon. When yous say it takes 48 hours to ferment, ...
by Robinstar
Sun Oct 22, 2017 7:30 pm
Forum: Milk Kefir
Topic: Beginner help
Replies: 1
Views: 280

Re: Beginner help

When it gets that sour and cheese-like, use more milk or less grains to help balance them. Don't worry about the thickness. The kefir should taste pleasant to you and that's when it should be okay to drink.
by Robinstar
Tue Jun 27, 2017 1:10 am
Forum: Water Kefir
Topic: Mucus-like substance + water kefir not gassy?
Replies: 1
Views: 362

Re: Mucus-like substance + water kefir not gassy?

Brown sugar and molasses is quite the heavy mineral load and that may be overwhelming the grains and causing excess yeast (and that slimy stuff on the surface). Also that extreme heat is probably not helping either. You may want to try a lighter recipe with lighter sugars to help compensate. Fizz is...
by Robinstar
Wed May 31, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Water Kefir
Topic: Grains not fermenting! Please help!
Replies: 1
Views: 385

Re: Grains not fermenting! Please help!

When you say they look the same as the day you got them, does that mean they haven't grown at all? I don't think its the sea level. It's probably the sugar. Try a mix of white and dark sugar (like rapadura) or white sugar and molasses. And make sure you are NOT using RO water or distilled.
by Robinstar
Thu Jan 12, 2017 12:52 am
Forum: Water Kefir
Topic: Slimey/syrupy consistency
Replies: 1
Views: 265

Re: Slimey/syrupy consistency

I've gotten slimy thick water kefir when I use too many minerals and its cold. I've been doing water kefir for a while now and it never happens in the summer time no matter what I do. Are you using a very dark mineral sugar? If so try use part white sugar. Or are you adding any other supplements or ...
by Robinstar
Thu Nov 17, 2016 3:54 am
Forum: Water Kefir
Topic: Burned my grains
Replies: 2
Views: 434

Re: Burned my grains

I think if it was only short term contact, they should be fine. Only real way to know is to do a batch though. It takes a lot to kill the grains, so I suspect they are just fine.
by Robinstar
Thu Oct 27, 2016 12:38 am
Forum: Water Kefir
Topic: Water kefir like cider... help!
Replies: 1
Views: 306

Re: Water kefir like cider... help!

It sounds like they are doing quite well. Water kefir grains can grow like crazy under the right circumstances. You don't want to stop growth as that is a good thing. I would suggest just putting in more sugar or use less grains, so its not so strong.
by Robinstar
Fri Oct 14, 2016 10:33 pm
Forum: Milk Kefir
Topic: Missing grains!!
Replies: 1
Views: 580

Re: Missing grains!!

That's strange! Milk kefir grains have a very solid shape and they don't typically just disappear like that. I've heard of them breaking down and slowly disintegrating, but not over one batch like that. The strainer looks like it would hold the grains. Maybe they accidentally fell out of the straine...
by Robinstar
Thu Sep 01, 2016 2:04 pm
Forum: Water Kefir
Topic: Lactic / Acetic acid content/ratio?
Replies: 1
Views: 784

Re: Lactic / Acetic acid content/ratio?

Hi,

I don't have the answer to that, but I've heard that water kefir has a much higher amount of lactic acid than kombucha.

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