Anthea, you don't even need a dehydrator to dry them out - just laying them out on an unbleached paper towel for a few days does the trick. I have a batch sitting out right now. If you're sincerely interested, inbox me your address. I'll dry out a second batch (they shrink to practically nothing so I'd feel more comfortable sending more) and wrap them up. And, being mostly unemployed, I would absolutely appreciate postage reimbursement. Do you have a Paypal account? I think that works internationally.
Petalia, let me know when you're going to be around. I can probably send you fresh grains since you would receive them in just a few days. I got mine that way and they cost me less than $12 including the shipping. Kefir is way simple to ferment or else I probably would have given up by now, lol.
Just remember the cardinal rules: NO chlorinated/chloraminated or otherwise contaminated water (I only learned about chloraminated water when I checked my local water company's website - nasty stuff!! At least you know with well water, spring water or organic coconut water there's no danger of those things), NO metal, NO detergent, no forgetting to "burp" the bottles if they're capped tightly. Forgetting that last one can cause a terrible mess, I'm told. I received unfortunate confirmation of this from the one friend I share my kefir with (the finished product, not the grains) who accidentally left her bottles in her hot car for an afternoon...
Water needs added minerals to keep the grains healthy. Spring water usually has some as does well water, so I just add brown sugar to feed them and that's all. You can add molasses and organic sugar if you don't want to use brown sugar. Coconut water is already packed with minerals so my secret to successful coconut water kefir is adding some organic sugar to it, otherwise the grains starve and disintegrate. :( I recently heard that coconut crystals work well, too, but I haven't looked into that. Depending on how long you ferment it, the coconut water version can be incredibly sour so you can be confident of a minimal sugar content in the finished product.
Let me know if you'd prefer the grains fermented in well water or coconut water. They're the same grains, just "raised" differently. And there will be a period of adjustment to their new environments, anyway.
Hooray - I'm so happy I can finally share these things!
Edited by: ZIGWEEGWEE at: 4/22/2013 (12:53)
May the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be pleasing in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.
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