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Raw kefir tastes yeasty is it safe?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created May 04, 2013 at 7:01 PM

I found some organic raw grassfed kefir at my local Sprouts, I was looking forward to trying it, and when I did try it just now, it tastes yeasty and disgusting. Is this normal for raw kefir, or has it expired? I'm thinking of getting my money back

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 23, 2013
at 10:18 PM

hey January. I just switched to pasteurized kefir and it's great!! I just couldn't stomach the raw stuff at all.

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(3280)

on May 23, 2013
at 04:57 AM

You might try fermenting for a shorter time; sometimes kefir is so robust it finishes sooner than 24 hours and starts heading off into cheese-land. Also try blending it directly with some fruit, and maybe a little stevia. :)

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 22, 2013
at 06:54 PM

I totally agree. I switched to pastuerized goats milk and now i can drink it without adding any flavorings. Its actually good.

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on May 07, 2013
at 09:03 PM

I've had kefir before, but it wasn't raw, and it tasted like liquid yogurt. This tastes like someone mixed bread baker's yeast with it.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on May 07, 2013
at 08:58 PM

ah ok good to know

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on May 07, 2013
at 08:58 PM

That's what I'm planning to do

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on May 05, 2013
at 10:13 PM

@Roth Seriously, never? I know that culturing helps keep unhealthy microorganisms from getting established, but _eventually_ something bad is going to manage to start growing.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 04, 2013
at 11:36 PM

i am using raw goat's milk and feel the same way!

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(2919)

on May 04, 2013
at 10:09 PM

How do you expect kefir to taste? Have you ever had kefir before? Kefir doesn't expire.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on May 04, 2013
at 09:40 PM

I don't mind strong yogurt one bit, but this tasted like it had been mixed with bread baker's yeast and they say you should be careful with raw milk products and I wasn't sure if it was safe or not

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40892926de4c55cd09de3af34479e954

on May 22, 2013
at 11:32 PM

Kefir should not taste yeasty or disgusting. It should have a creamy texture -depending on the proportion of culture added to milk-, it should have a fairly tangy taste and a fulfilling sensation upon ingesting it. Having said that, we shouldn??t forget that kefir is a live food and being used as we are to industrially processed foods where every single food item of the same family tastes the same due to technological manipulation, we do not seem to understand the fact that kefir reacts to the enviroment in many different ways, thus changing the way it behaves during its fermentation. When kefir tastes too yeasty -as if it were too carbonated in a way- it is usually due to contamination with other yeasts floating in the enviroment, i.e. your kitchen, flat, etc. So, it is always a good idea to isolate your fermenting foods and to put a lid on each batch you prepare. In the case of a purchased carton of kefir, the same contamination could have happened to the manufacturer. But rest assure, this contamination affects just the taste of the drink and it wouldn??t affect your health. This has happened to me several times before I decided to put a lid on my mason jars. Hope this has helped.

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on May 23, 2013
at 09:04 PM

Homemade Kefir does taste of yeast. That's because store-bought Kefir doesn't include yeasts due to their alcohol creation. These beneficial yeasts are great, but if you can't get past the taste stick to Lifeway.

http://kefirprobiotic.com/

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75598193dfb909d763248d360c669c6b

on May 23, 2013
at 09:03 PM

Homemade Kefir does taste of yeast. That's because store-bought Kefir doesn't include yeasts due to their alcohol creation. These beneficial yeasts are great, but if you can't get past the taste stick to Lifeway.

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on May 23, 2013
at 04:54 AM

A yeasty kefir is an out of balance kefir. If it tastes disgusting as well, that's a good indicator you probably shouldn't drink it. While raw milk can produce a yeasty-er kefir it should not be the dominant flavor. It should taste and smell like a strong yogurt.

A yeasty kefir likely won't make you sick, but it does indicate that the kefir colony itself isn't defending its environment from invasive microbes as well as it should. I'd try another batch if I were you. And also encourage you to make it yourself at home -- homemade kefir tends to have far a more diverse population of beneficial bacteria. And you always know it's fresh!

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on May 22, 2013
at 06:51 PM

ive been making it for 2 years or so and found that the pasteurized milk kefir is smoother and less 'grainy' in texture than the batches made with raw cows milk.

and the raw produces a more YEASTY flavor as well

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 22, 2013
at 06:54 PM

I totally agree. I switched to pastuerized goats milk and now i can drink it without adding any flavorings. Its actually good.

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on May 05, 2013
at 07:06 AM

When I livved in Ukraine, their kefir had the same taste, it's normal

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on May 07, 2013
at 08:58 PM

ah ok good to know

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on May 05, 2013
at 01:25 AM

Not all commercial kefir tastes yeasty. I would suggest trying a different brand for comparison. I have just started making my own kefir and it has the yeasty taste you describe, which apparently is temporary and the more palatable taste will be produced after a few batches. I would ask for a refund, it sounds like a bad batch. Kefir is quite tasty if different.

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on May 07, 2013
at 08:58 PM

That's what I'm planning to do

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 04, 2013
at 11:35 PM

i've been making my own for about 2 weeks now and it's definitely not tasty- that's for sure. i usually chug the cup of kefir and then immediately chase it with some other flavor like fruit. i know i'm not doing anything wrong so i figure kefir just isn't supposed to be delicious. it tastes pretty cheesy to me.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on May 23, 2013
at 10:18 PM

hey January. I just switched to pasteurized kefir and it's great!! I just couldn't stomach the raw stuff at all.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on May 23, 2013
at 04:57 AM

You might try fermenting for a shorter time; sometimes kefir is so robust it finishes sooner than 24 hours and starts heading off into cheese-land. Also try blending it directly with some fruit, and maybe a little stevia. :)

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on May 04, 2013
at 10:23 PM

I make kefir all the time. It's not really yeasty, although yeast is responsible for so some of the fermentation (as in yogurt). Maybe it's more prominent in raw milk? You might try other brands or a friend's homemade kefir to compare maybe you just don't like it--I found I don't particularly like water kefir and kombucha.

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on May 04, 2013
at 08:38 PM

I have kefir grains and make my own by adding milk. It tastes like really, really strong plain yogurt. Until you get used to it the taste is very sharp. Hard to describe but kind of like the feeling you get in your mouth when you eat unsweetened rubharb but a different taste.

Mixing it with strawberry flavored protein powder makes it very palatable but depends if this is on your diet plan!

A048b66e08306d405986b6c04bf5e8e4

on May 04, 2013
at 09:40 PM

I don't mind strong yogurt one bit, but this tasted like it had been mixed with bread baker's yeast and they say you should be careful with raw milk products and I wasn't sure if it was safe or not

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