Tuesday, November 15, 2011
My first drink of water kefir! I was a little hesitant because I wasn't sure what it was supposed to taste like and it smells like dirty socks. Don't let the smell fool you! I took a little first sip and was pleasantly surprised! It tastes like a non-carbonated cream soda. I later splashed in some lemon juice and some ice and made a very delicious lemonade-type drink (that is good for me)!
The water kefir grains after the first brewing. They totally grew about a fifth more. I'm surprised! Eventually I will have enough to give away.
I was also excited that my ginger beer plant came in! I need to feed it a few times before I can start brewing the ginger beer and since it just came from the UK it hasn't eaten in some time, so I set out to do that the other night.
yeast Saccharomyces florentinus and the bacterium Lactobacillus hilgardii - thanks, Wikipedia!).
I stirred everything up.
I put the coffee filter over it and rubber-banded it on. I put the jar in the water heater closet on the top shelf to keep it warm. The temperature is more stable in there than the rest of the apartment. I'll leave it in there for another day or two and then do the whole process again. This gets the SCOBY fed, which makes it stronger, so then I will be able to brew actual ginger beer with it. Hopefully this weekend it will happen!
Has anyone else done any fermented drinks? I'd love to hear your stories!