The companies that sell the grains??? and the people throughout history who have made kefir must have to make the grains without existing grains so how do you make kefir grains at home?
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There is no way to "make" grains at home from scratch. I know what you're saying but I tried for a year to find a way and everyone told me it was not possible. I'm big on DIY and there's a way to make nearly everything at home but I turned up nothing on kefir grains. I'm not sure where all these grains originally came from but there does not appear to be a way to create this complex creature on your own at home.
You might be able to find someone locally who is willing to share. That's how I got my latest batch. Check Craigslist or the farmer's market maybe?
So I make "quick & dirty" kefir by mixing 1/3 store-bought organic kefir with 2/3 raw goats milk & leaving it on the counter for 12-18 hours.
You can strain the finished kefir & you will have some grains--but not as many different strains as you will get from getting grains from someone else.
It's a culture that has been propagated and passed down for many generations. If you're not willing to buy some, you'll need to hook up with someone who has extras they're willing to give you. The grains multiply, and anyone who is regularly making kefir is going to end up with more grains than he needs.
People give away extra kefir grains on Craigslist all the tume.
You can try your local Freecycle, I got some there once.
Last time I bought from a reputable dealer on eBay and these grains are the best ever--they double every week so I'm always looking for people to give them away to (North SF Bay Area--Sonoma County).
You can even buy them on Amazon.
There are powders that will innoculate your milk but not as well as the real kefir grains.
I noticed this is pretty high on Google search so I'd like to chime in for anyone that finds this. The most plausible theory at this time is that kefir grains originated from sheep intestinal bacteria. Scientists have tried to use pure cultures to recreate kefir grains and haven't had much luck - so this isn't something you can DIY. However, once you have a kefir grain or grains it will multiply over time. In this sense you are making your own kefir grains, but you must start with a kefir grain(s) that is obtained. If you are looking for kefir grains check out simplykefir.com or check your local craigslist
where are you located? I'm in the SF Bay area, and I've got kefir grains coming out of my ears. Happy to share.
Historians don't agree on the original source of kefir grains, but I read somewhere that ancient people just considered them a gift from the gods. Sorry, I can't find the source again.
Basically, it all stems from that original source, and you just have to keep it going. Theoretically, if all the kefir grains in the world died, we'd be screwed :(
I think I also read somewhere that occasionally, kefir grains can be found in the mouth of a sheep. Or the intestines. There's a little bit about that on wikipedia.
I am currently in process of my kefir grain. This is what i am doing.
I have bought one time a store bought kefir. Took 2-3 tablespoon of kefir into glass jar and feel the jar with warm (30-35°c) milk and put in the oven(switched off :-P) or any other warm place. wait for 24-48 hour or till when kefir is ready. (In case if kefir is not ready you can wait for more 24 hours.)Now I strained it with kalandar or some strainer and I ended up with few grains.(Now repeat the process. Add that grain as well as 2-3 tbsp of kefir and milk.) After several days I have have now about 1 tsp of grain and i am very optimistic that soon I will have good amount of kefir grain:-p
Happy experimenting :-) :-)
p.s. Home made kefir taste way (10x) more tastier than the store bought.
We started a new Kefir community at http://www.wheretofindkefirgrains.com. Please join in on the discussions! thanks Alex
Just like mold spores of tempeh or koji you have to get them from somewhere. The chances of them appearing are 1 in a 1,000,000. You have to get real grains from a good source. We have seen the grains grow inside fruit but with the real grains in the jar, too You cannot make your own grains. This site rocks them out with 5 different types of water kefir, plus the milk grians. www.organic-cultures.com
I have 4 different probiotics, water kefir, milk kefir, kombucha and jun scobies. My website is https://sites.google.com/site/desertoasisbuckeye/shopnow where you can order online or you could mail a check. Let me know if you want to order some. You can pick up in Buckeye or I can mail your order.
Hello, I am trying to make kefir for the first time, someone in Chicago can lend me some kefir grains to try out? Thank you in advance.
If you can find an Opuntia cactus, it looks like you can DIY water kefir: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tibicos.
I made coconut water kefir using nothing but the coconut water and a tightly sealed glass jar at room temperature.
Has anyone else tried this? Do the same types of good bacteria form just as if i was using the grains?