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Giant Kefir 'Grains' looking for a good home!
« on: May 23, 2014, 10:23:40 PM »

My Kefir grains should have been split last week. They've now reached super dimensions & will have to be split this weekend.

They're very healthy & doing their job in record time! If anyone wants some to try then let me know - either on here or PM me with your details. Come Sunday night some will have to go in the compost bin & that's a CRYING shame  cry2:-(
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2014, 11:42:09 PM »

I would happily say yes if there wasn't a real risk right now that I would end up slaughtering them with neglect.

It is all I can do to keep atop of my kombucha and luckily the EMs will stand as long as I keep feeding otherwise one of these things would certainly be dead.

Perhaps when life gets a little more one an even keel BG

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2014, 07:56:54 AM »

hi BG
I would like some of your kefir grains please , I will pm you my address if that's ok
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2014, 08:31:13 AM »

WHAT! I DON'T BELIEVE IT!

You missus going to allow it into the house then, Mick, after pulling a face at trying mine. Well that's progress indeed. I replied to your email about the plant trays and am due a visit to Trago in the week for compost if you are up for a bacon butty.

One thing I need to ask....when do I plant out the Yacon you gave me and how do I prepare the soil for it first?

Never grown them before so talk slowly at me.

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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2014, 11:16:39 AM »

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Hi BG
I would like some of your kefir grains please , I will pm you my address if that's ok

No problem my friend. Don't worry about the address - I think I have it here in my little red APS order book! I won't send them out to you till Tuesday - so that they don't get tied up in this bank holiday madness. The less time they spend in transit the better I think.

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« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2014, 11:20:52 AM »

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I would happily say yes if there wasn't a real risk right now that I would end up slaughtering them with neglect.

It is all I can do to keep atop of my kombucha and luckily the EMs will stand as long as I keep feeding otherwise one of these things would certainly be dead.

Perhaps when life gets a little more one an even keel BG

Don't worry Fluffy - I understand what you're saying - I get periods like that & you're quite right, something usually lands up being neglected or dead somewhere when you over commit yourself! That was the only reservation I had about starting to keep bees. I'm a glutton for it - too many irons in the fire at the same time!
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« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2014, 05:02:50 PM »

True, that, sometimes we do find keeping the plates spinning exhausting but with bees they will just get on with it. In fact they would probably prefer us not to interfere with them at all. Sure they might not do what WE want them to do but we can always catch up when we have time for them.

I think we love them a lot more than they love us.
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2014, 05:26:17 PM »

Hi G Like Squirrel I not got the time but I would like to try it at some time I am all for anything that is good for you. (That's why I take the kombucha  ThU:-) )
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« Reply #8 on: May 24, 2014, 08:34:45 PM »

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True, that, sometimes we do find keeping the plates spinning exhausting but with bees they will just get on with it. In fact they would probably prefer us not to interfere with them at all. Sure they might not do what WE want them to do but we can always catch up when we have time for them.

I think we love them a lot more than they love us.

NAH! My bees will love me Tommo!    CW ;-)

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« Reply #9 on: May 24, 2014, 08:46:22 PM »

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Hi G Like Squirrel I not got the time but I would like to try it at some time I am all for anything that is good for you. (That's why I take the kombucha  ThU:-) )

Just give the nod & there will be some on your mat in Kings Norton before you can say 'Jack Robinson' Dave!

It actually takes about four or five minutes to prepare pefore you go to bed each night. Then in the morning you just whisk yourself a smoothie. Less potch than making a cuppa for yourself. I ferment mine for 24 hours, that batch then gets put in a jug with oats & buckwheat flour and is left to stand overnight. The 'grains' go into a fresh pint of whole milk to ferment. The 24hour stuff I've put to stand with oats & buckwheat iis ready the following morning - SIMPLES! once you get into the cycle it becomes part of your routine, and it definately gives you a health boost.
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« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2014, 08:41:40 AM »

To KT and BG
KT if you have spare kefir perhaps you could give me some on Tuesday when you come for the trays it would save BG sending it in post
over to you boys  CThUpD:-)
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2014, 05:25:44 PM »

That's fine by me Mick - as long as it's OK with Tommo. It means you'll get them at least a day earlier and they'll be more fresh because they won't have been kicked around some sorting office somewhere!  ThU5:-)
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« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2014, 07:55:02 PM »

I'm on it.

Tuesday am it is then...what time is good for a Trago bacon butty for you, Mick?
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« Reply #13 on: May 25, 2014, 09:40:42 PM »

How do you know when the kefir grains are ready to split. Do you do that by cutting them etc. Mines have grown about 4 x the size when Tommo sent them to me??  chrs:-)
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« Reply #14 on: May 25, 2014, 10:13:34 PM »

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How do you know when the kefir grains are ready to split. Do you do that by cutting them etc. Mines have grown about 4 x the size when Tommo sent them to me??  chrs:-)

OMG! They'll be taking over your house soon!!!!!  lol(1)

It's time to split when they seem a bit crowded for your container EOTB. I don't think there's an optimum size. If you were fermenting a churnful of milk I guess you could let them keep growing till they were the size of tennis balls or bigger. I split mine when they get to a giant marble size (roughly the size they were when I got them off Tommo). I use a scissors to split mine.
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« Reply #15 on: May 26, 2014, 08:54:01 PM »

Ha, I've just done it for tomorrows kefir, they were huge lol, Cheers
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« Reply #16 on: May 26, 2014, 09:50:39 PM »

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Ha, I've just done it for tomorrows kefir, they were huge lol, Cheers

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« Reply #17 on: May 27, 2014, 07:20:02 PM »

Well had a visit from king tommy today , only just managed to get the red carpet out in time
Kefir in hand kt set it up then gave me 6 pages of instruction's  including his  recipes for super smoothies  chrs:-)

her indoors is still not impressed  ROL :-)) but maybe I can get her to try it over the next few weeks

kt I have re-potted my peppers half in your compost and half in B&Q  so  I can remember which is which

your compost is in the black pots ( cant' cheat now can I )  CW ;-)

have potted on the tomato's also

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 got the drain working  ThU432:-)

 
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« Reply #18 on: May 27, 2014, 09:30:37 PM »

This all sounds like coded 'Zunny Debn' talk to me  lol(1)

Hold her nose and spoonfeed her until she develops a taste for it Spuds!!!!

You'll be knocked out by the change in energy levels once you've been on it for a while - absolutely brilliant stuff! Kombucha to drink & Kefir to slurp in smoothies - you won't need much else!
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« Reply #19 on: May 28, 2014, 06:58:37 AM »

Lovely morning spent with my friends in Newton Abbott.

Kefir safely installed. Instruction pages delivered.

Little visit to Plant World to get some red basil seeds, back for lunch at Mick's, loaded up with plant trays/pots and off home. I'm going to use some of the pensioners corner compost today, like you did, Mick, with the red basil.

Thanks a million also or the Yacon pots. They are going in this week, plot prepared just for them where last year's courgettes were.
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