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Saturday, August 21, 2010

DIY - Tibicos (菌菇)/ Snow Lotus (天山雪莲) / Kefir

Many might not know what is this, but many of my friends might have noticed this creature and started to culture it for good sake. Heard it is not meant for commercial, but people been distributing it for friends and family whom believe it works. Well, I had been checking the internet for the last couple of days, it seems this is something worth trying. Since I love cultivating healthy stuffs, don't mind trying this too. Of course, I won't think I will overdoing it, or even over-believe it.

Checking Tibicos out from wiki, it is a culture of bacteria and yeast. We take yeast in most cases from bread. If you heard of probiotic, which human today has it produced into pills. This is rather natural compared to those pill based, or kind of processed food.

Besides, it is also known as kefir. The water or sugar kefir. Seems like it is well known in the health organizations in the world. Where does the source comes from, it is from Tibet, the ground of Himalaya. Well, I even read in one of the article, saying this is non for commercial use, it has been be shared.

No wonder I ever learned this from a healthy friend's blog, mentioning it as Snow Lotus (天山雪莲). When I first saw her article and picture, I wasn't sure what was it till today.

If you ever curios on how to cultivate these so call mushroom, or bacteria, or gem, or so-what-it-called. It produces drink which is carbonated, from its ferment during its culturing process. Some may feel it is alcoholic, probably it is due to the fermentation plus its carbonate released.

Here's how it looks like, when it started its fermentation process...

I copied the steps on how-to do it from here. Steps given here had been the closest to what my friend told me. If you think the method needs to be improved further, please share me your recipe and so I could amend mine accordingly. Thanks in advance.

Here're the steps:

1. Scoop 2 spoonful of tibicos mushroom in a clean glass container. (Do not use soap in cleaning the container, for it has contents that may kill the needed probiotics for our health drink. Use alcohol or distilled white vinegar instead.)

2. Dilute 4 spoonful of Muscovado sugar (unprocessed brown sugar, rich in molasses) into water (the water must be pure, best is boiled and kept overnight). Pour the mixture into tibicos glass container.

3. Cover the container with a clean cloth and fasten it with a rubberband. This is needed because the Tibicos need oxygen to live.

4. Store the container in an undisturbed area for 24-48 hours.

5. Strain. (Use a plastic strainer, for a stainless one reacts against the Tibicos. Same goes with spoons)

6. Drink. Preferrably in the morning and on an empty stomach. If there’s spare drink, store in the refrigirator. (This part I would prefer to drink before going to bed)

7. Repeat the procedures. However, cleaning the container again or rinsing it may wipe out baby Tibicos. Thus, it’s not advisable. If you think there are too many baby tibicos cultured from the fermented process, scoop them out and store it in refrigerator. After many repetitions, the Tibicos will have been plenty for you to share with your friends.

Hope the above is simple. I have yet find much improvement from the drink.. will continue to observe it for couple more weeks. You may try if you think this is workable, if not... leave this aside :) It's more of your believe... as you can tell, I am still observing its effect.


allycia saw said...

hi, just want to check with on how's the result of drinking the snow lotus water

Purpledee said...

hi allycia, the result of drinking this varies. honestly, i stop drinking as i feel it is too acidic for me. but most my friends said they feel much better after taking, i.e. body won't feel weak.

tibicos fanatic said...

suggestion : if u fell too acidic, mix with red apple juice (home made only)

Purpledee said...

thanks for the suggestion... good to know that.

Catherine said...

hi purple dee, i was checking out Tibicos and found your info quite useful. Although I'm not going to culture it, I will some day I hope, I have a fren who had share a pack of of it with me yesterday and I loved it. Its taste is like cider vinegar and the tibicos like crystals. I can't wait to try it again and will send 2 empty bottles to be filled up. I had recommended it to a fren and he is also amused. I also would like to add that after a pack of it yesterday during lunch, I had a good bowel movement this morning and felt very good. I will share more with you when I have tried it again.

Anonymous said...

i m using 250 gm of tibicos, 500gm of molasses (organic brown sugar), and 3 litre of minerals water, and leave it for 72 hours than only harvest...the result is very good.
do not clean the utensils with tap water,because the clorine in the tap water will kill the tibicos; do not use metal utensils.

Purpledee said...

thanks all for the sharing... you reminded me to re-culture my tibicos :)

Tibicos-happy-consumer said...

Hi, I've been taking this with my family since Nov 2010. It's been very effective for us... for my mum, it has significantly improved her blood circulation, arthrithis & skin allergy. For me, it does the same for my blood circulation (no more period cramps & keeps my body warmer). I used to have lower body temperature - making me felt colder than people around me. But after drinking this, my body feels warmer & I felt healthier. Usually it takes about 3 mths to see some effect. At the beginning, u might feel pain or discomfort, but these are only temporary. And you should not give up trying, because this initial period is when the tibicos is doing work to get rid of the illness in your body. Few weeks later, the pain or discomfort should have subsided & u should feel better already. For healthy people, maybe u can try 1 glass in the morning on empty stomach. For those with illness (eg. cancer, high blood pressure/cholestrol, etc), try 1 glass in the morning on empty stomach & 1 glass before bed. Well, for me... I thought it would be too acidic on my empty stomach. But I felt it reduced the acidity in my hungry stomach when I drank 1 glass each, on a few mornings. Happy trying!

Purpledee said...

Thanks for all the sharings :)

Anonymous said...

i read from newspaper articles that commented that if long terms drinking this may cause lung problem eg cancer if not snow lotus water is made above 26 degree centigrade

Anonymous said...

where to find tibicos mushroom?