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Making a Sourdough starter with water kefir

December 16, 2012 - 11:41pm -- bread10



I have neglected my sourdough culture in the back of the fridge and it looks and smells beyond recovery! I have water kefir (sugar, water & kefir grains/culture) which I regularly ferment for a probiotic drink... can I use this to make a super quick sourdough culture - e.g. mix flour and water kefir and leave overnight??? I have never made my own culture before. Has anyone done this using water kefir and how would you go about doing it?


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Kefir Sourdough Starter: initial observations and concerns

July 4, 2011 - 10:53pm -- JonnyP

Here is my experience with kefir as a component used in sourdough bread making.

Summary:  When adding kefir milk/curds/whey to my typical slow-ferment (no-knead) bread dough recipe, I find the quality of the gluten to be degraded: the dough tears more than stretches compared to if I use plain water instead. I suspect that proteases present in the kefir are cleaving the gluten strands.

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sourdough and kefir - good or bad mix?

May 21, 2009 - 8:05pm -- jet

Anyone know how sourdough and kefir do together? Do the enzymes of one effect the other (positive or negative) in any way? I'm sure I'll be trying it soon, but am curious of others experiences or thoughts. i think of sour of sourdough and the bit of tang or bite from the kefir could be interesting together.

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Does anyone grow & use kefir...I've been growing it for 10 years, or's a wonderful product & it's very easy to grow!   I've made "cream cheese" & "sour cream"'s a wonderful substituted for buttermilk in baked goods & I've made sourdough starters with it.  If you'd like to know more about it, I recommend this site: it's everything you'd want to know about kefir!

I bought my kefir grains from Dom, I'm not sure if he still sells them, but the above site will tell you.


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