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Live foods - kefir, kombucha, yogurt and the like
Wed 25-Sep-13
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Rob12
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Sooliz said:

 Perhaps my gut needs more time to get used to the good bacteria, I don't know.

Hi Sooliz,

 

It could well be related as my mum had a similar reaction to Kefir (lasted 5 days) and that was only a quarter glass of the stuff.  She drank it regularly as a kid as it turns out what they knew as yoghurt was actually kefir (she described the 'cauliflower like' plant that her uncle used to culture the yoghurt).  However after 40 odd years of not having it it seems to generate rather a violent reaction on consumption.

 

Whilst standard yoghurt might not be quite as healthful as kefir it is still very good and it seems more gentle on some stomachs…

 

Can you not freeze or compost the surplus water kefir crystals?  Not sure what to do re the sweetness – what ratio of sugar to water are you using?  The ratio I was given was 1/3 cup sugar + 1/2 tsp molasses to 6 cups water which doesn't sound terribly sweet. 

Wed 25-Sep-13
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I started off using 2 tbsp brown sugar in about 250ml water.....far too sweet so tried using less sugar, also tried white sugar as it doesn't have the caramelly sweetness of the brown.  Tried leaving it a day or 2 longer to see if the sweetness would disappear.....it didn't make a vast difference.  I guess I'm just not used to sweet drinks anymore.  And I'm not intending to keep the ever-growing amount of crystals, I shall dispose of them on the compost heap.  They certainly grow a lot faster than the milk grains.

Interesting that your mum had a similar reaction.  I'll carry on with it for another few days, to see if I get used to the taste and my stomach gets used to the stuff(!!), but if there's no change after that then I think i'll give up.

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Sun 29-Sep-13
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Interesting that you find the water kefir sweet, Sue. I find mine quite sour! I culture mine for 48 hours at room temperature, then strain and bottle and keep for a couple of days with another teaspoon of sugar to feed each bottle, then store in the fridge.

Sounds like your crystals are nice and healthy at any rate. I built up such a backlog with that and the kombucha that I've left the water kefir crystals in the fridge for the past two weeks. I've just given some to another friend who plans on using agave nectar to feed it, so I'm interested to see how that works out.

I have milk kefir or yogurt for breakfast, a bottle of kombucha in the afternoon and a bottle of water kefir for sipping when I'm awake at night, which I finish off early in the morning, and it doesn't disturb my digestion at all. I do feel that my digestion is less sensitive but when I had some wheat recently I still had a horrible reaction, although it didn't happen as quickly as it used to. I can get away with small amounts of gluten now but can't for instance eat a sandwich. Or keep my mum company by eating a cream eclair cry.

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Fri 6-Dec-13
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Hello, I am happily making and consuming milk kefir and kombucha but I haven't tried water kefir yet. I have made the "kefir soaked bread" recipe from The Healthy Home Economist site twice and found it very easy and 3 out of 4 people ate it enthusiastically!

I'm wondering if you have any water grains to spare because I would be glad to try making water kefir. (After Xmas would be fine). 

I have some Kombucha mothers available, if anyone wants to try making Kombucha.

Sun 8-Dec-13
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Hi Erna, yes I will have water kefir to spare if you give me a nudge after Christmas. I actually threw a lot of water kefir and kombucha mother into my compost in November. Such a shame.

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Mon 9-Dec-13
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I'd like to try the kefir and kombucha, but not yet! I have even given up making yogurt for the duration, and keep sending P out to buy soya yogurt as needed. Next year..., probably in another 6 months or so. frown

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mike. said
I've done a bit of googling and found a shop in coventry which sells it so I might give it a go if it's not too expensive.

Somewhat randomly, I received a message today from someone on facebook asking me which shop it was. Since this was years ago I can't remember which shop it was (possibly a health food shop in Earlsdon). A google search for 'kefir grains coventry' doesn't show anything useful on the first page (apart from this thread). I'm reluctant to reply to random people on facebook, and there didn't seem to be any other contact details, so I hope he manages to find the information somewhere else.

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