Could you just use coconut water or other organic fruit juices instead of adding sugar & dried fruit?
I just found this on the site that I purchased my water & milk grains from- http://www.yemoos.com/index.html (It was in the Water kefir FAQ.)
“What other liquids can you ferment with kefir grains?
Its possible to ferment some fruit juices, sugar-based vegetable juices (like beet, carrot or ginger)coconut juice, and possibly other sugar based juices you may find at the store (like orange juice or fruit punch) and sometimes milk (including all forms of mammalian milk: mare, goat, sheep, cow, buffalo, camel etc) or milk alternatives like soy, almond or rice. Since water kefir grains are sensitive,its always best to feed your main grains with the normal recipe, and use your extra grains to experiment with in new liquids. Milk grains tend to ferment other liquids better, but you may be
surprised and find your water kefir grains adapting to a new liquid – its all about experimentation!
Kefir d’uva is water kefir grains in pure grape juice – it makes an amazingly delicious drink, but often times the grains don’t live past 4-5 times of fermenting in it. You could also try a sugar and tea mixture (like kombucha), but be aware that using any other liquid and sugar mix besides the original recipe may not be the best option for continued grain health (and may kill the grains).”
Worth a try! (I’m assuming that certain finished ‘juice’ fermentations would be OK to drink sugar wise?! Any opinions? I’ve seen a few posts here re: fermented grape juice so I’m hoping that enough of the sugar is converted!!
That’s really nice post dude.