May 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm #257761
My water kefir is growing really well atm and I have more than I can reasonably use. I’ve given some away to people at work but have plenty more. I’m sorry I can’t post it as I don’t have time to muck about with dehydrating and all that, but if you want to pick it up I’m happy to pass it on. I live in the NE suburbs about 8 kms from the city centre. PM me if you’re interested and we’ll see what we can work out.
Don’t know what it is? Great probiotic drink, made with water so suitable for those who don’t drink milk.
More info:May 26, 2013 at 9:54 pm #532511
bumpMay 27, 2013 at 12:17 am #532512
I’ve pm’d you mudhen, did you get it??May 27, 2013 at 9:52 pm #532513
Sorry fruitful, neglected to check my junk mail box! Have sent you a reply.June 8, 2013 at 2:43 pm #532514
Mudhen, a really big THANKYOU for the grains, I’ve got them going according to your instructions and am about to bottle my first batch.
I was doing a bit of research on the internet and one way of feeding these grains is to pop a washed egg shell (or rather a half) in with the first ‘ferment’. I’m assuming the shell provides minerals for the grains, it’s an idea that goes well with my ‘closed loop’ way of thinking of things. The chickens become a part of the kefir process by providing the egg shells and they can also be fed some of the excess grains.
Another thing I read was that if you leave the grains in the ferment too long you end up with kefir vinegar that can be used in place of ‘normal'(?) vinegar. That works for me because all my household cleaning is done with vinegar so that is one less item to purchase at the shops. Now I will be making a batch of vinegar kefir regularly!!
I really get excited when the simple and natural ways turn out to be so versatile!!
:hug:June 8, 2013 at 5:08 pm #532515
So glad to hear your grains are bubbling away, fruitful! The eggshell is definitely to add minerals to help the kefir grow. I’ve been using the pink himalayan rock salt for minerals, simple for me as it’s just a pinch added to the first ferment. And yes, the kefir will definitely take on a vinegar-y smell if you leave it too long.
If anyone else would like some, please send me a pm. I ended up posting them to fruitful, it cost $6.80 to send about 180 gm in an envelope with a bit of bubble wrap. That was within SA, not sure about posting elsewhere.November 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm #532516
just bumping this again as my grains are taking over! $6.80 to post in Adelaide area is not a huge cost, or happy if people want to pick up from my place. Send me a pm!November 26, 2013 at 3:02 pm #532517
I would love to give it a go, I can drop by your place sometime.
Are you able to describe how it tastes, and how much do you drink each day?November 26, 2013 at 4:13 pm #532518
Hi Vanessa, describing taste is always tricky! It definitely has a fermented taste, so if you hate ginger beer, for example, you may not like kefir. We flavour it differently all the time depending on what juice we’ve got around or if I get excited and juice some fruit. Lately we’ve enjoyed a cherry flavour that I add either pomegranate seeds or blueberries to for a bit of extra oomph, and even plain orange juice is really nice. We do a double ferment, the first time just with sugar syrup and a touch of molasses, the second with fruit juice. I allow 24 – 48 hours for each ferment, depending on the weather (hot / cold) and how I’m managing my time. During the second ferment, CO2 is produced so you end up with a fizzy drink. We drink 1 – 2 glasses a day or more depending on who’s home at the time. The end result is slightly alcoholic so common sense needs to prevail when giving it to children and I don’t let my older kids have any immediately before they drive as they are on L and P plates and not allowed any alcohol in their system. I’ll have some on hand if you want to pop round and have a taste, will send you a facebook message!January 18, 2014 at 11:46 pm #532519
Hi Epany, I was able to give that lot away on Freecycle, but have another bunch ready to go. I won’t be able to get it organized until next week, tho. Send me a pm and we’ll see what we can work out!
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