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Can I make Kefir w/2% store bought cow's milk

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Created June 15, 2011 at 2:41 AM

I recently purchased kefir grains online. They were from organic goat's milk. I am now trying to use 2% cow's milk. How long and with what process do I use to get them to make kefir. It has been 24 hours and there is not much happening. Do I need longer for them to change from goat's milk to cow's milk. Should I have started with whole milk? I am so new I don't know what I am doing. Is it possible they they have spoiled in shipping since it has been so hot?

Kathy

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My grains are at the bottom with a few floaters. They are edible so if you miss any no worries. As they start to multiply some people will deliberately eat them. I am not one of those people. I split them and give them away.

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Thanks. Last night I shook it up, placed in a dark cabinet and when I got up today I had Kefir. Yahhhhh! Success. I was so happy. I guess I just had to wait longer due to the fact it came from Goat's milk. Next question. The grains were not at the surface but mixed in and mostly at the bottom. Straining was interesting also. But it definitely smalled and tasted like kefir. I think I got all the grains out and started a new batch. Should the grains be at the bottom or on the top?

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+1 awesome answer...

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Mark Sisson posted a coconut milk kefir on his site a while back, and one of his tips was to start over if you don't see it thicken within 48 hours. Here's the link if you're interested: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/homemade-coconut-milk-kefir/

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on June 15, 2011
at 04:21 AM

Yes you can now use cow's milk although they were grown with goat's milk. You can use any fat content you like. All the grains want is the sugar.

Always think of the health and welfare of the grains first. If you instructions say to take them out after 24 hours do that. Follow the instructions as it related to the grains. You can leave the strained milk out on the counter and it will continue to ferment. But leaving the grains in a solution with possibly no nourishment for the will damage them.

Assuming you bought live a non-dormant culture it is always possible that the grains health has been compromised. Good sellers take these things into account. This is why I buy dormant cultures and rehydrate. They really can't be destroyed. Takes a few extra days to get up and running and the first few batches are a little weak but they always work.

Check out culturesforhealth.com for good information and video how-tos. That is how I learned.

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on June 15, 2011
at 05:13 AM

+1 awesome answer...

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on June 15, 2011
at 11:08 PM

My grains are at the bottom with a few floaters. They are edible so if you miss any no worries. As they start to multiply some people will deliberately eat them. I am not one of those people. I split them and give them away.

322e6c0856be311563014f41c40713ca

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on June 15, 2011
at 10:41 PM

Thanks. Last night I shook it up, placed in a dark cabinet and when I got up today I had Kefir. Yahhhhh! Success. I was so happy. I guess I just had to wait longer due to the fact it came from Goat's milk. Next question. The grains were not at the surface but mixed in and mostly at the bottom. Straining was interesting also. But it definitely smalled and tasted like kefir. I think I got all the grains out and started a new batch. Should the grains be at the bottom or on the top?

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