Monday, February 1, 2016

Adventures in Water Kefir, Part 5 "He's Dead Jim"

Here are the links to the first four parts of my water kefir saga:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

Oh man, I thought I'd killed my water kefir.  

I woke up the other morning and neither the first ferment bottle nor the second ferment bottle were showing any signs of life.  I tentatively tasted the second ferment bottle and it was flat and sugary tasting.  It should be effervescent and slightly vinegary tasting.  I started to panic.  What had I done wrong?  

It's true that working with the water kefir every day for months, I really don't pay a lot of attention so it was possible I had made a mistake.  I decided to set it aside and figured I would research it later to see if I could come up with an answer.  

Well, I procrastinated an entire day and the next morning it was showing signs of life!

Reflecting back, I realized the nights have gotten considerably cooler (down to the low 60's) and the daily highs were barely reaching 80.  In a single walled home with no heat, your outdoor temperatures are your indoor temperatures.  This is generally true within just a couple of degrees.  My water kefir is now taking 48 hours on both the first and second fermentations due to the cooler temperatures.  So, for now, less water kefir for me unless I want to bump up my production to a half gallon again until the temperatures come back up in a month or so.

The good news?  It's been cold enough at night that the coqui frogs have been relatively quiet!

Stay tuned.

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