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4 Top Reasons Water Kefir Brews Fail

Leeza Zurwick

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Water kefir fermentation is very sensitive when you’re first learning and a failed attempt should not stop you from trying again. Here are the most common reasons things can go wrong.

  1. TEMPERATURE in your room is not warm enough and fluctuates below 20-25°C (70-75°F). Cold and crafty winter temperatures or summer air conditioning disrupt the fermentation process. Read more here
  2. WATER quality is key to the brewing process. Read more here
  3. SUGAR is what triggers fermentation. Make sure you’re using the right ingredients in the right quantities. Read more here
  4. GRAIN ADJUSTMENT. It’s common for water kefir grains to require an adjustment time to your water and conditions.

I remember the first time I made water kefir and it didn’t fizz. I felt like such a failure. Little did I know that you rarely get fizz on your first try because the grains are getting acclimatized to your water. Even though I was disappointed, I tried again and after the second time around it worked! So don’t be discouraged if it takes a few tries to get a great water kefir brewed. Once you and your grains have adjusted to your conditions, it will become an easy part of your daily routine.

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