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Does your Kefir clump?

Commented on June 15, 2013
Created February 28, 2013 at 10:59 PM

My kefir clumps around the grains, do I need to stir it in between starting it and straining it?

Does your kefir do this?

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on June 15, 2013
at 08:00 AM

I rinse in tap water - not bottled or milk. It works just fine.

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on June 15, 2013
at 03:33 AM

As far as I can tell, it doesn't much matter whether you rinse or not. You might find the next batch or two doesn't end up quite as thick if you rinse the grains, but that can always be solved by letting it sit a little longer.

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on June 01, 2013
at 07:56 AM

I ALWAYS rinse - in tap water - and the kefir "grains" behave really well. Have done for several years.... Presumably you have good reasons for saying not to rinse, which I perhaps need to know?

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on May 03, 2013
at 02:41 PM

I don't rinse for a few reasons: the kefir that sticks to the grains helps the next batch; less likely to inteoduce contaminants,it's not necessary and I don't have to waste bottled spring water or milk to do it.

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on March 22, 2013
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Depends on what you like. If you let the kefir separate and then use cheesecloth to separate the whey from the curds, you can make kefir farmer's cheese or something like that. Though if you really want farmer's (or real) cheese, kefir is not the best way to ferment the milk...

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Is clumping/separation undesirable?

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on March 08, 2013
at 06:28 AM

I do stir right before straining. I don't stir while it's fermenting (which is, I think, historically inaccurate :-D) because stirring it makes it get done too quickly. With my kitchen temperature and no stirring a 24-hour cycle works great. If I stir while fermenting, by 24 hours the kefir starts to separate quite noticeably.

Oh, and yes, kefir "sticks" to the grains. I rinse them, but I don't think it matters whether you rinse or not.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on March 22, 2013
at 10:00 AM

Is clumping/separation undesirable?

800e726cb5dff569fd8edf604c3e2793

(1655)

on March 22, 2013
at 02:27 PM

Depends on what you like. If you let the kefir separate and then use cheesecloth to separate the whey from the curds, you can make kefir farmer's cheese or something like that. Though if you really want farmer's (or real) cheese, kefir is not the best way to ferment the milk...

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on May 03, 2013
at 02:41 PM

I don't rinse for a few reasons: the kefir that sticks to the grains helps the next batch; less likely to inteoduce contaminants,it's not necessary and I don't have to waste bottled spring water or milk to do it.

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on June 15, 2013
at 08:00 AM

I rinse in tap water - not bottled or milk. It works just fine.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on February 28, 2013
at 11:41 PM

Yes, just stir up the kefir before straining it. I stir it up gently, pour it through the strainer, and GENTLY push the kefired milk (NOT the grains) throuh the strainer. When your grains get bigger, you can hold them back with a spoon as you pour out the kefir, so less straining will be required.

It's fine to leave the grains coated with kefir--that helps innoculate your next batch. DON'T rinse!

4e184df9c1ed38f61febc5d6cf031921

(5005)

on June 01, 2013
at 07:56 AM

I ALWAYS rinse - in tap water - and the kefir "grains" behave really well. Have done for several years.... Presumably you have good reasons for saying not to rinse, which I perhaps need to know?

C6648ab69e5a1560c7585fe3ba7108fb

(880)

on June 15, 2013
at 03:33 AM

As far as I can tell, it doesn't much matter whether you rinse or not. You might find the next batch or two doesn't end up quite as thick if you rinse the grains, but that can always be solved by letting it sit a little longer.

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