Kefir Forum

  • 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?

  • 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