What we discovered in our trial and error was that our kefir was ready after the first 24 hours. It's been so warm lately that that's not a surprise. I imagine that once the weather cools off (if it ever does) then it will take longer. The other thing we discovered is that we DON'T like letting it go for a second ferment out on the counter. The purpose in that is to give it some more carbonation but it also gives it another flavor that we just don't really care for. Also, vanilla extract isn't all that great (but I might be willing to give it another try now that we've sort of figured it out) and root beer extract, even though we love root beer just doesn't taste good in the kefir.
To make this Strawberry Limeade Water Kefir, we took a cup of pureed strawberries, half to a full lime chopped up and smashed to release the juices and one quart strained and finished water kefir. We mixed it all up, put a lid on it and let it sit over night. The next morning I strained out the lime chunks and put it back in the fridge until ready to use. This is seriously so delicious. It made all that time of trial and error (and reconsidering my sanity for even wanting to try this) all worth it. Even Bryce admits that it is delicious and I've had to restrain my kids from drinking too much. It is refreshing, slightly fizzy and a very healthy drink. I'll let you know later on if our health improves. I think it's still too soon for us to tell
OK I should go clean my kitchen now and maybe switch the laundry. I'm going out on a date with my husband tonight and I want to leave a clean(ish) house when I leave.