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Kefir

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Kefir

Does anyone grow & use kefir...I've been growing it for 10 years, or so...it's a wonderful product & it's very easy to grow!   I've made "cream cheese" & "sour cream"...it'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: http://users.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html 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.

Beth

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Hi, Petrissage...it's good to hear from you!  I'm not an expert on kefir, although I've been growing it for a number of years...I think I do some things wrong (to save time), but I still get a good product...I don't strain the grains every day, as Dom suggests, I just add a little milk on top of the grains & kefir until my container (a quart jar) is full (of grains & kefir), then I strain the grains and start anew with a clean jar, the grains, and a little milk.  Also, my kefir always separates (as you said yours did), but the kefir tastes great!  I think kefir grains are very resiliant, with a will to live if we just feed them a little...I would suggest to you: examine your grains, smell them, feed them a little milk...see it they ferment it.  Did your grains ever look like this?:  http://users.chariot.net.au/~dna/images/kefir_scan.jpg  I hope this helps, I suggest going to http://users.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html  and read, you may need to buy more grains...

Take care!  Beth

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Hi...the watery part is the whey, it's part of the kefir, just separated, stir it back into the kefir...

I bought my grains from Dom (in Australia) from the above site...I looked on the site & they're still available... http://users.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html#obtaining-kefir-grains 

The fact that your grains multiplied, means that they were indeed healthy & growing...hopefuly they still are...get reacquainted with them...I've grown fond of mine over the years, they are a living thing, a very complicated (as far as I'm concerned) living thing.  If they're not alive, of course you'll need to repurchase them...good luck!   Beth