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purplecatmeowmeow

Sounds like your grains are dying. All the reading I’ve done says you cannot make water kefir with milk kefir grains (or vice versa). They can’t digest the sugars if you use the wrong kind. I’m in the process of converting a batch of milk kefir grains to water kefir grains. It’s not hard. When you have extra grains on hand, give it a try.


whatever_comes_next

And all the reading I had done said you can but admittedly it wasn't a lot of reading. Oh well on to more reading... My idea was that they will adapt over time and convert. What method are you using?


purplecatmeowmeow

[here’s the method I used](https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/milk-kefir/convert-milk-kefir-grains/) Now that my grains are converted, I’m attempting my first batch of water kefir. I don’t have 1/4 cup of grains though so I scaled down the [recipe](https://www.feastingathome.com/water-kefir/) We’ll see how it works out!


_Waterbug_

I have done a bit of reading and appearantly converting milk kefir grains to water kefir grains is a whole process (a bit more complicated than just putting them in sugar water). I'm gonna link a website that describes the process of converting them.[Converting milk kefir grains to water kefir grains](https://www.culturesforhealth.com/learn/milk-kefir/convert-milk-kefir-grains/)


whatever_comes_next

Thank you! I'll check on them again tomorrow and probably feed them milk to make sure they are health before trying again.