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Advice differs. And what about contact with stainless steel, which was only invented in the 19th century, when kefir had already been consumed in the North Caucasus for centuries?

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The damage is not so much as to the kefir but to the consumer of the kefir if it was made in a reactive metal. Kefir, being acidic, should not be in aluminum, brass, iron or copper as they react to acid. Stainless steel is preferred because it is inert to the milk kefir is made from. However, when first made stainless was unknown.

Unless you have a real goat skin, about the best thing to make kefir in is glass. The "grains" are really a mix of yeasts and bacteria, and those can live in as much as a very light scratch in plastic. For this reason you should use glass to ferment it, and you can use a stainless spoon to stir.

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  • Welcome @ruffle I've rolled back your edit because neither being obvious nor being mentioned in the question are reasons to omit something from an answer. Reiterating facts is fine and sometimes something may be obvious to you but not to everyone.
    – Catija
    Jul 1, 2017 at 22:07

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