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Water Kefir Gone Bad? Babies or Dust?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 27, 2012 at 3:04 AM

My water kefir does not look right all of a sudden. There are a lot of floating yeast balls on the top. As well as ropey strands of yeast in the liquid. Plus browish clear balls that do not look like grains, in the water. They are easily smooshed and turn in to mush. It's possible i cross-contaminated with the milk kefir. Also, when i last changed the water I only kept the larger kefir grains. I was getting a lot of kefir dust (is this dead kefir or are these babies?) but i only had a small amount of large grains - maybe that's how whatever else is in there, took over. Anyone know what's going on? I've had these grains for 9 months. Thanks! MGL

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on October 27, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Oh, and I think the little ones are "babies". I strain mine in a fine mesh strainer. The ones that pass through, I just drink. What's left grows and multiplies.

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6a252f02f4d6b9c79c3f1fbb24a52107

on October 27, 2012
at 04:57 PM

I haven't experienced anything like that with mine. It does sound like things aren't right. If it were me, I would toss these and start fresh. Get some new grains.

Good luck!

6a252f02f4d6b9c79c3f1fbb24a52107

on October 27, 2012
at 04:58 PM

Oh, and I think the little ones are "babies". I strain mine in a fine mesh strainer. The ones that pass through, I just drink. What's left grows and multiplies.

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