According to my vast internet research: I can use dairy kefir grains and it will just take me longer to make water kefir the first time...or, I must buy special water kefir grains or it will never work.
what's the right answer? Anybody know?
asked bylegup (1002)
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on January 26, 2012
at 08:18 AM
I've used my milk kefir grains to make coconut water kefir. I just made sure to cycle them out to milk about every five days to keep them healthy. Works great, they fermented the water just as happily as milk, and did it right from the first batch. But if you don't want to be buying milk for them, it's my understanding that straight water kefir grains are a better choice.
If you're just getting milk kefir grains for the first time, let them run a few cycles of milk fermentation before trying water so they are robust and have a good balance of flora when you switch them over. Good luck!
(note to those who don't know: "grains" refers to the polysaccharide goop the kefir bacteria grow around themselves; it has nothing to do with actual grains.)