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! :)
asked byTal (615)
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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!
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.
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.