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How can I increase bifido bacterium strain density in kefir

Both water and milk kefir contain Bifido strains and I would like a way to increase the density of bifido strains. If the variety of strains could also be increased, that would be a bonus. Bifido is ...
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Why does my Kefir have no fizz?

So I bought milk kefir at the store and my dog loved it (I sort of did too). I bought some goat kefir grains and have been using them to make either raw goat kefir for her or milk kefir for me. (not ...
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Where to get active Milk kefir grains

I am from Austin,Tx.I am looking for Milk kefir grains to make fresh kefir at my home.But I coudln't find Kefir grains in whole foods.I dont know how to reach to individuals who can share.Any advice??
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How can I tell if my kefir is healthy?

I have been given some kefir grains but, no having tasted kefir before, I can't tell if there's something wrong with it. Is there some way to tell? For the record, the taste is like a mix between ...
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What is the difference in the making of yoghurt to produce carbonated (like Kefir) vs non-carbonated yoghurt?

What is the difference in the making of yoghurt to produce carbonated vs non-carbonated yoghurt? I'm not a proper cook, and am just researching this 'cos i'm curious.. Yoghurt is fermented milk, and ...
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Store homemade kefir with paper towel on top or close the lid normally?

I made my first batch of kefir with a paper "breathable" towel over the top of a glass container. If I want to store the output in refrigerator, do I have to make it "breathable", or normally close it ...
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Consuming Kefir Grains

Kefir grains multiply so quickly and I don’t like to dispose of them. I quite like the texture and taste. Is it safe to consume them? Is there any reason not to?
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Can water kefir grains be turned into milk kefir grains and if so how?

I make water kefir but would like to try milk kefir, can I convert my water granules to milk kefir granules?
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Can I use sourdough starter (kvasek) to produce kefir?

Is the yeast/bacteria balance in mature sourdough starter (fed on wheat and barley) correct for making kefir? If not, why?
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is this mold in my kefir?

I just started making milk kefir from dehydrated grains yesterday. I put them in a cup of whole pasteurized milk in a hermetic airtight jar. I checked them today and found a black 'dot' in the milk ...
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What damage is caused to kefir when it comes into contact with metal?

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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Brewing kefir with powdered cinnamon

I've been experimenting with brewing with kefir. Fruit and fruit juice produces a nice tasty result but I would like to use ginger, nutmeg and a lot of cinnamon. The common answer for using cinnamon ...
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Problem: grainy kefir

I usually put a heaped Tbsp of kefir grains in full fat milk. Whether I start from room temp or cold milk I end up with grainy bits after culturing the kefir. How to get a smooth kefir? Ps: I can ...
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Kefir sensitivity to drinking tap water?

I had a batch of kefir go bad - a slightly un-nice parmigiano smell and bits and pieces of proper cheese-like consistency. I tried gently rinsing in water and putting it back into a fresh batch of ...
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How to conserve kefir grains for 2 weeks?

I guess there's no need to freeze them, just keep them dormant, so I guess this question doesn't apply. My thought was to put them into clean milk and into the fridge, would this do or is it risky?
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Ways to separate kefir grains from thickened kefir, how big are the kefir grains?

I'm super-new to the kefir business ^_^ been making it at home for a week from a batch of grains my neighbor left me when his batch overgrew. So, I'm fond of the idea to make kefir more thick, more ...
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My milk kefir molded.. What should I do

I put my dehydrated kefir grains in one cup fresh whole milk and after 24 hours I change the milk and rainse the grains. But after three days they become molded. Befor this I put my kefir grains in ...
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Making my first big batch of Kefir, the milk went bad. Why?

I ordered some Kefir grains online and they arrived looking healthy, at least to my untrained eye. I put them in milk and changed the milk every day for three days. By the last change, they were ...
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How can I make my kefir milk smooth and creamy instead of watery and grainy?

Just started making kefir last week. My kefir comes out grainy and watery. Here is what I'm doing: I have about 2 tablespoon of kefir I add about 4 cups of 2% organic milk Leave it for a day on the ...
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What is an appropriate humidity for separating curds and whey?

Does anyone have guidelines for an appropriate humidity for separating curds and whey to make cheese (I'm doing it from kefir)? Specific temperatures are available, but sources I've seen just throw in ...
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How can you consistently separate Kefir into curds and whey for cheesemaking?

I have trouble getting my Kefir to cleanly separate on a consistent basis, despite allowing it to sit out for multiple extra days, prior to refrigeration. As my house does not remain at the same ...
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Can kefir whey be refrigerated before being used to ferment other foods?

Is it okay to refrigerate kefir whey for a few days before fermenting other foods with it (i.e., almond butter http://www.thecandidadiet.com/forums/topic/fermented-almond-butter-16/ ), or will this ...
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Questions about making hard kefir cheese

I am attempting to make hard kefir cheese in a cheese press. Unfortunately the cheese press I purchased did not come with specific instructions. I was able to find an article (http://www....
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producing kefir grains from commercial kefir?

I had previously been buying commercial kefir, and then started adding milk (actually half and half) when it ran low and leaving it out to produce more kefir with good results (at least compared to ...
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Cooking with kefir

I cooked with kefir, I poured it on eggplant sauteed in a pan with some water, I used to use yogurt for a similar dish. And the liquid in the cooked dish seems stringy, sort of like okra in gumbo. ...
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Frozen Kefir Grains Seem Dead…Any Suggestions?

My kefir grains were frozen by accident when the temp in my fridge was turned way down. I turned the temp back up, and after a couple of days took my grains out to culture a fresh batch of milk. ...
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How to separate milk kefir grains?

How many kefir grains will make a quart size of kefir? I think I have too many grains in one batch. I also am still a novice, been at this five months. I enjoy making it, and have many grains. Some ...
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Fastest way for cloning Milk Kefir Grains

It's about two weeks that I make Kefir at home. I started with three mid-size Kefir grains, and now I have six ones (three of them are really big) Now my friends get interested in making Kefir too. ...
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How do I fix overly yeasty kefir?

My milk kefir grains now produce kefir with a very unpleasant yeasty/bready flavor. I've tried feeding it for a while, on the assumption that the yeast/bacteria will get back into balance, but this ...
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Nutrient composition of milk vs. home-made kefir

I got a bit confused when looking up nutrition values for milk versus kefir made from that milk. For some reason many tables list higher values of some nutrients (e.g. potassium and magnesium) than is ...
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How to properly freeze kefir grains

I have been making kefir regularly for a couple years. Lately, however, my family's interest in it has waned and I have been using it less often and so feeding it less often. I want to store some ...
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Homemade and commercial kefirs

I want to produce kefir at home for personal consumption but I don't know where to find kefir grains. Any ideas? Some of my friends buy commercial kefirs. Do commercial kefirs in the market have the ...