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Kefir Question - Brown string

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 05, 2013 at 2:21 AM

Hi guys,

been making water kefir for a month or 2 with great success. However recently there seems to be a brown slimy string that is appearing in my kefir grians when i strain them out. the kefir water and the grains dont seem to be harmed at all and i simply pick it out and toss some of the surrounding grains and such. They still grow like mad and appear very healthy otherwise.

I use Demarara sugar in spring water . I considered molasses but that stuff smells so vile to me. im not sure if this is a mineral diffenciancy? i considered overcrowding as well. currently using half cup per 3 cups of solution. i reduced the amount of grains today to see if that does anything.

can anyone shed any light? what is this slimy brown string! :)

thank you

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on April 05, 2013
at 09:21 PM

thanks for all your tips nance! ill try egg shells see if it helps and will report

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2013
at 02:40 PM

In over a year I never saw anything like that but it's good to know it's not a big problem. I live in a hot climate so I made a new batch daily and I never had slime or strings.

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on April 05, 2013
at 02:38 PM

The grains eat the molasses, not you lol! Kidding aside, I don't use molasses as I use Rapunzel sugar and it still includes the natural amount of molasses. The better you feed your grains the better the kefir should taste. I think I bought the bone meal at a health store; the label says NOW. I don't claim to be an expert but my grains typically doubled in size each day and I used the whole set of solution ingredients recommended by Cultures for Health. I threw excess grains on my plants and sometimes ate them with fruit. For a while I stopped making it, but I'm starting back up again.

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on April 05, 2013
at 10:13 AM

is there a particular brand of bone meal you use? how much are you using as well? i knwo about the egg shell trick which i guess i can do, as i dont think that will affect flavour much?

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on April 05, 2013
at 10:09 AM

yea the source of my grains says he gets it sometimes and its normal, doesnt affect growth or anything.

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on April 05, 2013
at 10:09 AM

i did consider molasses but it smells so vile to me i dont think id consume the kefir should i use it. Is bone meal and a touch of baking soda essential? i use lemon sometimes but the acidity seems fine without it. thanks for your tips

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E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on April 09, 2013
at 01:13 PM

so i found out the problem is due to overcrowding of grains! its stopped now entirely, i was using half a cup of grains for 3 cup solution batches but changed it to just over a 1/4 cup and now they are back to bieng nice and clean

thanks guys again for your input!

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on April 05, 2013
at 05:25 AM

These brown strings used to appear all the time in my water kefir back when I made it daily for a few months, FWIW. Never had a problem, and always just thought it was normal.

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

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on April 05, 2013
at 10:09 AM

yea the source of my grains says he gets it sometimes and its normal, doesnt affect growth or anything.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on April 05, 2013
at 02:40 PM

In over a year I never saw anything like that but it's good to know it's not a big problem. I live in a hot climate so I made a new batch daily and I never had slime or strings.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2013
at 02:32 AM

I'm just guessing from a distance, but your brown string could be a wild yeast. While not likely to be harmful, it could slow or stop the growth of your grains.

I'd definitely try rinse your grains thoroughly each time you change the solution, and perhaps do that more often than usual for a few days. Also, are you feeding them minerals such as a little bone meal and a tiny bit of baking soda? Are you including a wedge of lemon in the solution?

Cultures for Health has a good article on care of your grains.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on April 05, 2013
at 02:38 PM

The grains eat the molasses, not you lol! Kidding aside, I don't use molasses as I use Rapunzel sugar and it still includes the natural amount of molasses. The better you feed your grains the better the kefir should taste. I think I bought the bone meal at a health store; the label says NOW. I don't claim to be an expert but my grains typically doubled in size each day and I used the whole set of solution ingredients recommended by Cultures for Health. I threw excess grains on my plants and sometimes ate them with fruit. For a while I stopped making it, but I'm starting back up again.

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

(615)

on April 05, 2013
at 09:21 PM

thanks for all your tips nance! ill try egg shells see if it helps and will report

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

(615)

on April 05, 2013
at 10:13 AM

is there a particular brand of bone meal you use? how much are you using as well? i knwo about the egg shell trick which i guess i can do, as i dont think that will affect flavour much?

E9140ef0ca0a76ea14b9ebccad234608

(615)

on April 05, 2013
at 10:09 AM

i did consider molasses but it smells so vile to me i dont think id consume the kefir should i use it. Is bone meal and a touch of baking soda essential? i use lemon sometimes but the acidity seems fine without it. thanks for your tips

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