So my water kefir project has been going well for weeks, however without changing anything i i find suddenly my 2nd ferment kefir is not very fizzy at all.. im not sure whats going on here i even tried doing an extra day on the initial ferment but it didnt help much.
I recently had issues where the grains had a brown string floating on top which went away when i reduced the amount of grains. however now it seems my beloved carbonation is gone as i mentioned.
I added an egg shell today to the other batch going (1st ferment) hoping it will cure the issue, otherwise do they just need a rest or something? anyone have any experience? I literally have been doing everything the same .
I use demerara sugar and have made many perfect batches back to back, this just odd.
asked byTal (615)
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on May 15, 2013
at 04:13 PM
ive found the solution is molasses. It seemed even though i was producing great fizzy kefir for 2 months or so , the previous owner must have been using molasses so they lost their vigour over time.
So long story short, unless your spring water is better than the one im using mineral wise, a touch of molasses is key. They are bubbling crazier than ever and reproducing at an even higher rate!!
MMMM the fizz is back!!
I love kefir
on April 14, 2013
at 10:10 PM
Has the ambient temperature changed? The fermentation will speed up or slow down as the temperature rises/falls.
Otherwise, what are you adding as fuel for the second fermentation? I add 1/2 cup juice for each cup of fresh water kefir and I have a nice fizz in 24 hours. I use organic juice. When I burp the bottle, there's a light hiss after 6-8 hours and a definite hiss the next morning.
Update: I agree it's puzzling, Tal. That's why I asked what you're using as fuel for the second brewing cycle. I usually use a blueberry-flavored juice blend, which produces a medium fizz. Once, though, I tried pineapple and it was incredibly fizzy. When I burped the bottle, it nearly did the fountain trick, and when I poured it into a glass it got a frothy head that looked like a glass of beer.
You might want to try pineapple juice. :-))