Janice Rae

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Thanks so much for the great advice!  I will immediately stop the habitual rinsing of the grains when transferring them to a fresh jar.  Good to know!  Sounds like I'm adding more sugar than needed for the amount of water too.  Also I may try adding a small amount of ConcenTrace Trace Mineral Drops to the water.  I moved them out to the garage to see if the higher temperature is more to their liking.  In the winter they will just have to tough it out, but maybe I can get them to reproduce a bunch this summer.
One more question for now - What quantity of grains are you adding to your 1/2 gallon of sugar water?  Thanks again!

It's all good -
Janice
10 years ago
Hey Jamie -

I have a small amount of water kefir grains - about a teaspoonful.  When I started out with about a tablespoon, I gave half of them away thinking that they would reproduce quickly anyway.  They have been hanging on like this for months and months - happily making fizzy drinks, but not reproducing.  I recently started adding an egg shell and also put them into a little muslin bag.  Even though I was really careful when rinsing them, I'm thinking that having them in the bag will insure that none go missing.  So these guys go into room temp sugar water (boil the water, add 1/4 cup sugar and then cool).  I add some sliced fresh ginger, a fig and a few goji berries plus an egg shell.  I leave them be for two days - swirling them around every so often and then take out the bag of grains, rinse and put it into a fresh mix.  Is there anything that I can do to encourage them to grow and reproduce??  Our house is air conditioned.  Should I put them out in the garage where it is warmer?  Thanks!  By the way, I just take the mixture that has been with the water kefir for the two days and put it all into the blender.  Our blender liquifies the fig, ginger & goji berries (I remove the egg shells first) and that's what I consider the finished beverage.  It's very refreshing, but sweeter than I'd like.  I think if there were more grains, they would process more of the sugar.  Maybe I'm adding too much sugar to the water for them anyway?

It's all good -
Janice
10 years ago