Is this second fermentation safe?

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Is this second fermentation safe?

Postby LPasteur on Tue Jun 21, 2022 3:17 pm

I just started trying out water kefir. I successfully did the first ferment. For the second ferment, I added organic tart cherry juice, one tsp organic cane sugar, 8oz of my 1st fermentation batch, RO water and some drops of concentrace.

It’s been two days and the following picture is what I see.

Keep in mind that I didn’t fully close my mason jar. I used a banded lid with filter paper as a barrier because I didn’t want it to be carbonated.

How do I know if I’ve grown something beneficial vs pathogenic? I certainly don’t want to create a bacterial or yeast imbalance in my system.

It *looks* like yeast. Can it be skimmed off while safely drinking the rest? How do I prevent this in the future? I’m new to this practice and I really don’t know what’s going on.

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