there is a thread about the Kombucha lower in this section, where we shared our experiences about making it and discussed all our questions. If you have more questions just let me know, personally I'd be happy to share my knowledge and experiences with you.
As for the kefir, I have only experience in making it with milk (I used to make it for my hubby a few years ago). But I'm really interested in water-based method, so if you would share that with me (us), I'd be more than happy.
Thanks for the heads-up on the Kombucha thread. I have some water kefir grains and a pretty good recipe in PDF format. Not sure if I like it or not yet. It is fairly easy and similar to making milk kefir. The grains are different though. If you are interested in trying it I could send some grains once mine have grown some. Or you can get them from people on Ebay for a small cost.
Thanks, Gigi. Let me know how's your kefir once it's ready and I'll make a research to find out more about preparation. I have to admit, this is the first time I've heard about the water kefir so definitely need more information.
I made kombucha a couple years ago. Fascinatingly beautiful stuff. Golden brown, sitting there in the closet *for even temperature* making little bubbles. I kept wondering about the origin of the fungus. Well lets just say I had a few sips, and it tasted carbonated and fine....and well....I got a feeling that it was powerful medicine and wasn't for me at the time. I did get a huge rush of energy when I drank it however. I might have to start this again!
I am bumping this thread back up because I will soon have too many kefir grains and would be happy to pass some of them along. So if anyone wants to try making water kefir let me know. I would send you the kefir grains for the cost of the shipping which you could Paypal to me. I also have a PDF of the instructions and recipes that I could send to you as well.
How much dried or frozen grains would we need? Thanks for your generous offer. Can we buy these grains locally think? Gigi, how sweet of you.
I'm considering, but share if it's just drink in place of water?
Off to shower. Car...$512 later fixed; towed last night...think $150 addl. Asked dealership for discount by online chat; called me with 10% discount, but before they told me the % they said they can offer me a discount...I said 50%...no they said, 10%; online chat person wrote and told me they are giving me a 10% discount which I knew...he asked me if anything further to help...yes, I replied....in my note...can the % be raised up...thinking Christmas in May...I said I love surprises so just have the service man tell me when I get there. Wonder if they will surprise me further. Ask and you shall receive.
I didn't pull this with tow truck guy. The guy was just a worker. I gave him a $5 tip. He was shocked. He's a worker. Isn't that what you are supposed to do--tip??? I have an acquaintence who travels, makes tons of $ and doesn't tip maid. I was shocked! She was shocked I do and never knew you may consider that. They don't make anything close to big bucks.
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