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Old 01-13-2014, 05:48 PM   #1
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I have gotten the Fermentation Bug! I started with kombucha and am enjoying it so decided to try kefir. I purchased grains and today it seemed they had finally rehydrated enough to do their thing.

The last milk they were in that was the first that actually turned thick, tasted pretty bad... I have had store bought kefir and enjoyed it- what does home made taste like? It shouldn't be horrendously sour right? Is it possible this one just over fermented rather than went "bad"? I threw it out and place the grains in fresh milk that again I left on the counter.

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Old 01-14-2014, 06:30 PM   #2
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Update..
Overnight the container developed a thick white froth that I then strained. I removed the grains and placed in fresh milk. The thick curd-like substance I shared with my mom and weboth enjoyed it. It had a slightly sour taste but not as if it had gone off. It was quite thick. I am hoping that as the grains reproduce, I will get more of this - whatever it is. The milk I covered and left back on the counter for the recommended additional curing. We shall see how that fairs tonight.

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Old 06-03-2014, 05:48 PM   #3
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Been studying making kefir, keep us updated.

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Old 06-08-2014, 09:30 PM   #4
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I've been making kefir for a while now. It is FAR more funky than store bought kefir. Intensely funky, almost like a mix between cottage cheese and plain yogurt, with its own additional unique flavor. It's an acquired taste. I usually make a smoothie with it.

I only make small amounts, about 12-16oz and usually drink it every other day. On the 48 hour schedule I find it to be at my ideal level of fermentation. However, with summer temperatures fast approaching where I live, I think i'll soon be on something closer to a 24 hour schedule. I've noticed that the grains have been reproducing more quickly as well.

Another thing to note is that I was having moderate digestion issues prior to making/drinking kefir, and though I can't necessarily isolate all the variables, I am almost certain that it has helped tremendously in this regard.

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Old 07-07-2014, 04:37 AM   #5
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Yea homemade is much more sour than store bought, you can sweeten it though if you want. My wife likes chocolate banana smoothie made with it. At first the sour flavor was to much for me but I kept drinking it because of how awesome it made me feel after only a couple days, I experimented with all kinds of sweeteners and smoothies and secondary ferment but eventually grew to love the plain sour milk kefir and that's the only way I drink it now.

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Old 09-26-2014, 06:40 PM   #6
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My wife is trying to learn to make kefir - but it's called water kefir - where do you get the grains for milk kefir .... or for water kefir as well. I'm the one with the stomach problems, but she's the one who loves me and takes care of me ... greatest wife a man could ask for .....
Is this kefir thing going to interfere with my beer brewing and drinking - that would put a quick end to me doing anything with kefir!

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Old 09-27-2014, 03:05 AM   #7
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They're is no reason for it to interfere with brewing, you just put your grains in milk in a main jar on the counter with a coffee filter on top to keep dust out and every day or two transfer the grains to fresh milk and drink the fermented milk they came out of. Same thing with water kefir, milk kefir is much better for you but a lot of people hate drinking sour milk. It is kind of like plain yogurt but much more sour.

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You could check a local natural/health food store. That's where I got my water kefir grains. I haven't made it in a while though. I do really enjoy milk kefir. The same place also had milk kefir grains. I haven't tried making it yet though. It's like drinkable yogurt. You might be able find finished milk kefir at your grocery store. We have found it at w@lm@rt for a good price. I have also seen grains on amazon from independent sellers, or in local classifieds or craigslist.

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I bought some Strawberry milk kefir from Aldi's the other day .... like truvr says, it's like drinkable yoghurt, but the price????? wow!!. I'll see what the wife can come up with . We buy fresh raw milk here, so it's gotta be better for you than store-bought! I believe I read somewhere in the past that you could make kefir from using commercial kefir to make a starter culture, is that true or not; and if it's true, how would you go about it? TIA

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Store bought is not made with grains I believe you can use it once our twice to make more like you can do with the powdered culture kefir but you need grains to keep making it. I'm not 100% sure on that though. Kefir from grains is completely different from what you buy in the store.

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