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Tibicos / Water Kefir

Postby Alwin » 07 Jun 2017, 12:50

Does anybody know Tibicos or Water Kefir? It's a yeast and bacteria culture used for fermenting sugar water to a healthy and tasty kind of lemonade.
I was lucky to get a starter culture from a friend and now I'm experimenting with different ingredients like elder flowers, ginger, turmeric, raisins, cranberries, prunes, dried figs, cinnamon and lemons.

Of course I couldn't resist taking the camera for a few shots. :wink:

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Re: Tibicos / Water Kefir

Postby Alwin » 07 Jun 2017, 13:04

Tibicos grains grow quickly. So it's not necessary to mess with growing spells unless you are lucky to have at least a 40 ft shipping container as a fridge. :grin:

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Re: Tibicos / Water Kefir

Postby Tracy G » 07 Jun 2017, 17:42

Haha, that is quite the vigorous fermentation process!

I haven’t heard of tibicos before. It looks and sounds delicious.

We do have a couple of batches of kombucha happily fermenting in our kitchen right now. I can’t take any credit for that—it’s my husband’s project, and I just enjoy drinking the results. He made a delicious apple ginger version earlier this spring, and he’s now experimenting with serviceberries from the shrubs that we’ve planted.

Our kombucha containers aren’t very fancy—they’re recycled olive jars that we got for free from the bakery downtown. Your pitcher is so pretty!
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Re: Tibicos / Water Kefir

Postby Alwin » 14 Jun 2017, 13:15

We do have a couple of batches of kombucha happily fermenting in our kitchen right now.
I have heard of kombucha and would love to try it myself. But I didn't know that you also can add different ingredients. This sounds great! I thought it was "just" about fermenting tea.
Your pitcher is so pretty!
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Re: Tibicos / Water Kefir

Postby ShadowCat » 27 Jun 2017, 09:45

I always make it but rarely drink it. I just fed the last of my waterkefirgrains to my chickens. I love to ferment stuff and love to make a gingerbeer with true ferment (and make dandylion portwine, oakleaf strongwine and other goodies) but the "healthy" ferments like kefirs don't agree with my body. My mom used to have kombucha and that was different, but it's hard to come by a good clean starter these days. I worry about black mold on "inherited" ferments...

PS: Alwin, your pics make me thirsty ;)
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