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northfifeduckling

  • Joined Jan 2009
  • Fife
    • North Fife Blog
Kombucha/Kefir - anyone?
« on: September 08, 2015, 12:17:05 pm »
 :wave:
I've dived into fermenting probiotics - they are my new pets, lol. I always have Kombucha, water kefir and kimchi style lacto fermented veg going.


Does anyone else do them and what to you brew? I've been trying to find a club for exchanging experience, recipes and starter cultures but nothing here in the Central Belt of Scotland I could find!


At the moment I am looking for a source of live whey (not the powdered body builder stuff) and a ginger beer plant  (looks like water kefir but has a different composition of probiotics)




nutterly_uts

  • Joined Jul 2014
  • Jersey - for now :)
Re: Kombucha/Kefir - anyone?
« Reply #1 on: September 08, 2015, 03:34:46 pm »
I do Kefir on and off :) I do mine with whole (cows) milk but I'd ideally like to get mine cooking with raw goats milk eventually :)

There is a kefir grains exchange through one of my raw dog food groups where people donate to Service Dogs UK in exchange for the grains :)

cloddopper

  • Joined Jun 2013
  • South Wales .Carmarthenshire. SA18
Re: Kombucha/Kefir - anyone?
« Reply #2 on: September 08, 2015, 11:03:47 pm »
NFD ,
Your bit about ginger beer plants , in the 1950's & 1960's  mum used to make her own ginger beer starters .

 Using a sterile wide necked jar that had a good lid but not air tight such as a quart Kilner jar  ( use Milton to sterilize ),  1/2 a pint of cooled boiled water that has two table spoons of sugar dissolved in it , cooled to just tepid temp , a small knob of bakers yeast to crimb sprinkle in the syrup and several spoons of ground ginger . Once stirred up it was covered with the lid loosely on and set in the airing cupboard . ferment on a deep tray . then on day two she'd give it a stir , same with day four, six & eight .
By then it would have started to ferment we could see the CO2 gas bubble coming off if we tapped the jar with a wooden spoon .
 
Mum would then feed the jar with a little stirred in sugar syrup and two teaspoons of ground ginger for a month by which time the jar would be well over 3/4 full of ginger beer plant it was then ready for harvesting & making ginger beer for us four kids during the summer holidays .

Occasionally she'd keep a third of the sediment back before she washed the rest of the sediment in warm cooled down boiled water so as to not kill off the yeast cells  and use that as the starter for the next batch .
 
Strong belief , triggers the mind to find the way ... Dyslexia just makes it that bit more amusing & interesting

 

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