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Kefir smells funny, need a new starter?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 01, 2013 at 3:50 PM

A batch of whole milk kefir I made smells and tastes a bit funny, and I will toss it. Should I get a new starter culture as well, or can I use it to start the next batch?

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on May 03, 2013
at 09:37 AM

More like old gym socks :) I'll throw it out just to be safe anyway, as I'm certainly not going to drink it.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on May 03, 2013
at 09:37 AM

Yeah, I'll make a new batch from new powder to be safe.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on May 03, 2013
at 09:36 AM

Not grains, powder. Got it online. They have worked great for months. I might have used expired milk for the last batch.

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on May 02, 2013
at 08:03 PM

"Funny" how? If I let people on the street smell my correctly-made kefir, they would probably think it smells "funny" too.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on May 02, 2013
at 12:23 AM

mine is also cheesy. it doesn't smell bad though and tastes fine.

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6ec8d30130a6fb274871314533b5536b

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on May 02, 2013
at 12:59 AM

Trust your instincts. Better safe than sorry & sick in the hospital with an infection. My dad got a bacterial infection once, ended up in hospital where he caught another infection... from the hospital itself... that got into his blood stream & was making its way to his heart. He almost died, had to be resuscitated & put into a medically induced coma to recover. So... if in doubt, toss it out! :)

Humans have an innate nature to tell if something's gone bad and we shouldn't eat it. The nose is the first test, taste the second. Let us know how your new batch turns out.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on May 03, 2013
at 09:37 AM

Yeah, I'll make a new batch from new powder to be safe.

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on May 02, 2013
at 12:12 AM

Funny how? If it smells putrid like spoiled milk, then throw it out. If you've ever smelt spoiled milk, you'll know the difference.

But my healthy, active kefir colony sometimes smells like old gym socks. Sort of cheesy, which makes sense since it sort of is.

If you have good grains, it's VERY difficult to ruin it. The good bacteria and acid levels kill off the bad.

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

(2957)

on May 03, 2013
at 09:37 AM

More like old gym socks :) I'll throw it out just to be safe anyway, as I'm certainly not going to drink it.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 02, 2013
at 12:23 AM

mine is also cheesy. it doesn't smell bad though and tastes fine.

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on May 01, 2013
at 07:09 PM

Where did you get your kefir grains?

9f54852ea376e8e416356f547611e052

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on May 03, 2013
at 09:36 AM

Not grains, powder. Got it online. They have worked great for months. I might have used expired milk for the last batch.

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