Kefir Forum

  • olivia

    Hi, there are 2 brands of Kefir for sale in my local shop: Mlekovita (ingredients: Pasteurised Milk, Skimmed Milk Powder, Starter Culture) and Lowicz Kefir drink (ingredients: Pasteurised Milk, Live Bacterial Cultures and Yeasts for Kefir) I really don’t have time to make my own and bought the Mlekovita brand but is Skimmed Milk Powder not bad for us? Please help 🙂

  • Filippo Pappalardo

    Hi! Has anyone tried to make kefir with plant sterols enriched milk such as HeartActive? I love kefir but I should reduce the amount of bad cholesterol… Cheers

  • Greg Wilke

    I’m trying …first attempt to dry kefir granules. Any tips?

  • cass

    i’ve been making and drinking milk kefir for 4 weeks to help IBS and diverticular disease but still get excessive gas and diarhea would water kefir be better?

  • Joi A

    Hi! I have allergy to yeast n candida yeast is found in my stool. Is it safe to take kefir? Or is there non yeast kefir grains?

  • Dan Flynn

    I just started cultivating kefir. So far I’ve tried it with cow milk and coconut milk with good results, and now I’m trying it with coconut water. I’m wondering if there is any reason I should not combine coconut and cow milk (or any two or more milks) and cultivate them together, with the same grains, in the same jar. Can’t find anything about combining them on the internet. I like the idea of having an all-in-one complete nutrition, like a natural version of Ensure but with the probiotics. This would be great for someone like me who is recovering from IBS and SIBO and finds it helpful to go on an extreme fasting-style elemental diet for a few weeks. I understand that the experts disagree about the use of probiotics while trying to kick SIBO. Well I am trying the kefir for a while to see how far I get with it (plus the other recommended strategies for treating and preventing relapse of SIBO). And I’m fasting from all foods which can trigger problems, which is just about everything. But I have no problem with the milk kefir as far as any digestive upset. I’ve only been drinking it for a week and it feels great everytime. I just wonder though if it would be possible to add other milk and other ingredients to the cow milk kefir to make it a complete meal, with all necessary daily nutrients and in sufficient quantities. Can I safely combine various other things in my cow milk kefir?

    • Greg Wilke

      Dan, I can’t see any replies to your post. How did your fast go this last month? Many folks get on a forum but don’t come back to share their testimony or what worked or not. I would say yes to your question or make seperate starts with various forums, i.e. milk, coconut, soy ect…

      • Dan Flynn

        Hi Greg, thanks for your reply. I made it about one week “fasting” (which meant mainly eggs, fish, meat and kefir). After that I went back to eating normal. I find that the stress caused by trying to follow those ridiculous diets in which you can’t eat practically anything–and while I’m traveling–was worse than irritable bowel. But actually, I think the kefir was really helping, to an extent. I started taking a break from drinking it about five days ago and the symtpoms definitely returned. That is, after eating meals there is gas, abdominal cramping, bloating. Seems like the kefir really was keeping a lid on those things, though it never improved greasy stools. Anywa, so I’m going back on it now. I also like how it improves my mood, which also has an effect on digestion.
        As far as mixing, I tried fermenting the cocounut water and milk together. The only problem is I find the coconut water kefir too sour. I guess it needs less hours fermenting than the milk, so for that reason is better to ferment them separately. I’m still wishing I had a kefir that was that perfect all-in-one elemental nutrition. A few days ago I read that scientists had a analayzed the milk of a certain kind of roach that emits milk from the abdomen and it turns out to be much more nutritious than any animal milk, with all the aminos, pretty much a complete nutrition. They are trying yo synthesize its protein crystals in a laboratory. Interesting stuff. I’d try it!

        http://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-show-why-we-should-all-start-drinking-cockroach-milk

  • Dan Flynn

    I just started cultivating kefir. So far I’ve tried it with cow milk and coconut milk with good results, and now I’m trying it with coconut water. I’m wondering if there is any reason I should not combine coconut and cow milk (or any two or more milks) and cultivate them together, with the same grains, in the same jar. Can’t find anything about combining them on the internet. I like the idea of having an all-in-one complete nutrition, like a natural version of Ensure but with the probiotics. This would be great for someone like me who is recovering from IBS and SIBO and finds it helpful to go on an extreme fasting-style elemental diet for a few weeks. I understand that the experts disagree about the use of probiotics while trying to kick SIBO. Well I am trying the kefir for a while to see how far I get with it (plus the other recommended strategies for treating and preventing relapse of SIBO). And I’m fasting from all foods which can trigger problems, which is just about everything. But I have no problem with the milk kefir as far as any digestive upset. I’ve only been drinking it for a week and it feels great everytime. I just wonder though if it would be possible to add other milk and other ingredients to the cow milk kefir to make it a complete meal, with all necessary daily nutrients and in sufficient quantities. Can I safely combine various other things in my cow milk kefir?

  • Julie Royster

    Does the fermentation change the carbohydrate content of the kefir from what it was in the milk before culturing?

  • Russell Jones

    Hi
    I’ve been told recently that I should get my kefir grains tested for phage bacteria at least once a month, I’ve never come across this before, I’ve been making kefir at home for a few months now without any problems. Does anybody get theirs tested? It sounds like a bit of a hassle. Cheers 🙂

    • Julie

      Hi Russell I saw this same post on facebook, rang local public health lab like suggested and they don’t even allow public to have things tested. Rang another company that I recently bought my grains from and basically told me it’s nonsense, they have to get theirs tested as they are selling them and have to send to a lab in Switzerland with a min of 500g each time. She looked at what they test and phage wasn’t even one of the things. She suggested that the company that said this did so as they sell their own kefir and are wanting people to buy that rather than the grains and make it themselves.

      • Russell Jones

        Thanks Julie, yea I phoned the public health lab and they passed me through three people because they didn’t know what I was talking about, in the end the woman I spoke to said it sounds like they’re trying to boost sales, I’m shocked really because the person that posted it has always come across as a responsible buisness person. It seems a bit desperate. It did occure to me that it could have been that, but I also thought that maybe she’s under pressure from a local authority to share that risk even if it’s miniscule. I had a very bad day when I read that status, I’ve come to rely on kefir, it’s changed my life really and I went through a lot of anxiety when I learned it could kill me. I’ll relax now 😉 thanks for your reply…..
        Russ