So, you can see why one might see this, wonder what it is, and maybe even be concerned. No need to worry, though, if you come upon this unsightly scene. Bonni informed me that this is simply a bit of the residual unrefined sugar that the water kefir grains are brewed in at CFH. Because the sugar is unrefined, it has a dark hue, and in your packet of water kefir grains there may be a bit of residual sugar along with the dehydrated water kefir grains themselves. If you find them while you’re straining out your water kefir grains, you can simply pick them out and dispose of them. They are harmless, though.

Proper Grains To Sugar Water Ratio

Believe me, once you start brewing water kefir you’re going to want to be making as much as you can. But, you also want to feed your grains properly so they’ll keep producing water kefir for you. So, it is good to be aware of the proper feeding ratios and just how much sugar water these grains can convert to water kefir for you. CFH recommends 3-4 tablespoons of water kefir grains, which is what the dehydrated grains should rehydrate to, for 1-3 quarts of water. Each quart of water should contain at least 1/4 cup of sugar to feed the grains. So, now that you’ve solved the mystery of the brown strands and have rehydrated your grains, you should be ready to make up to 1-3 quarts of water kefir per batch. And we’ll get to that next time.