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Old 04-23-2009, 06:17 AM   #1
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Has anyone here made Kefir? How do I get started? I am interested in making this because it sounds tasty and has good health benefits. Also sounds like you can make it to 1-2% alcohol if you make it traditionally.

It is basically a quickly fermented milk/yogurt drink that uses "Kefir Grains" for inoculation. The grains are a cauliflower looking bunch of yeast and bacteria. I am not sure where to get them.

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Old 04-23-2009, 08:22 AM   #2
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Dr Weil On Kefir

How To Make Kefir

Kefir Starter Kits

Hope this helps out

There is a bunch of info on some of these health food / tree hugger sites

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Old 07-28-2009, 03:01 AM   #3
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if ur still hunting for how to do it, i can guide you through it.
look up dom's kefir site, he's quite knowledgeable on the subject.

u can make all kinds of alcoholic drinks btw and cheese and etc with it....

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Old 08-09-2009, 03:09 PM   #4
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I make kefir. I got mine from some guy on craig's list who lives 20 minutes from me. I'm currently low on grains, having used them up on experiments, but once I get some excess I'd be happy to dry them out and mail them to you.

I am wondering if a lambic which had a kefir based starter pitched in it would be tasty? Too much lactobacillus? Kefir loses some of its spunk if you leave it for too long in a liquid other than milk, so I was imagining that the grains would be used to create the starter but removed before pitching.

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Old 08-31-2009, 06:48 AM   #5
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This site has a long list of people who've signed up as kefir grain donators, listed by region. I used it to find my grains, and I think found the website through some other kefir forum. Kefir grains

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Old 12-22-2009, 06:48 AM   #6
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I used to have an active Kefir culture, but managed to let it die when I was getting married and moving. What's amazing is that I've been able to continue to buy Kefir by the quart at my local market in the meantime, so I've kept consuming it, though I've definitely wanted to get back to regularly culturing my own - it's cheaper and I can customize the flavor. Sometimes, the flavors I want just aren't available at the store, and I realize I could be doing this again myself!

I just used the excellent link above to request a new culture from a local, I'll definitely keep y'all updated on the progress of my culturing.
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Old 12-22-2009, 12:17 PM   #7

I just make enough to drink each day with breakfast. The grains multiply and I simply eat them when I get too many. The missus hates the smell and taste so it's just me...

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Old 03-15-2010, 11:24 PM   #8
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find yourself an ant nest
Dig it up
Collect the eggs

Squish 'em into raw milk.

You read that correctly Mush the ant eggs directly into the raw milk.
Set the milk aside with a cheesecloth cover.

OK you don't believe me I can tell already.
I mean who is going to believe some guy who wants you to dig up an ant nest. Sounds like Snipe hunt right:

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You can also plug the web site's URL into Google Translate It's turkish.

Interesting how a bunch os peasants in turkey know this and pretty much no one here does

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Old 06-02-2011, 06:59 PM   #9
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Yeah, water kefir would probably be the best for doing up a lambic...not milk kefir, which tends to get weird in anything other than dairy. I want to get some water kefir and try this recipe for ginger beer: Ginger Beer Kefir

Just get your grains off ebay or craigs list. All the commercial sites selling kefir charge several times more than the bay....and really, originally, the spirit of kefir was to spread the grains around amongst people, not profit off them.
Back to brewing! It's been too long!!

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Old 06-05-2011, 02:16 AM   #10
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I was making it with raw milk for almost a year. I finally called it quits when a bug got in it.I did feel good when i was drinking it but it tasted pretty awfull on its own, almost couldnt hack it down, plus i was getting lazy and not going through the effort of making smoothies out of it,was better this way. They can give you some nasty nasty gas especially if you eat the grains, good for you yes nasty nasty nasty gas very possible.

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