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Water vs. Milk Kefir

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I'm looking into making kefir. What's the big difference btwn the two? I've only had the normal dairy kind from the store. Water kefir sounds a lot like kombucha, which I already brew.

Is one easier or more nutritious? I was going to do water kefir since I don't have access to good/raw milk, but if it's so similar to bucha maybe not.

I'm also looking for a good supplier for the grains since they're all $20 online (ridiculous IMO).

post #2 of 7
I'm very interested to hear this too -- does anyone know how water kefir babies do in the mail? I live in China and would like to have some sent to me but I'm not sure if they'd survive the trip?
post #3 of 7
I bought my grains from culturesforhealth.com they are dehydrated grains and I think yeemos.com has grains for $10 or look on Etsy.com

The difference I have notices with milk kefir you get proteins and then water and milk kefir have different bacterial strains
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I bought some water kefir grains on ebay a couple months ago and could not be happier with the result. 


The package got stuck in customs so it took 10 days for it to arrive.  I thought for sure they would be dead but they have done nothing but produce delicious water kefir and propagate. The kefir tastes like a bubbly lemonade/ginger ale and I find myself craving it now. My friends and husband who don't really like kombucha do like the water kefir. Most recipes suggest using raisins, but I couldn't find any unsulfured so I have been using prunes or dried apricots.  Tasty, seriously!

I also bought some milk kefir grains and I am not as thrilled with them . . . maybe I'm just not used to the taste/texture or how long to culture the milk kefir.  I have been putting it in smoothies and using as a base to make salad dressing.  My husband has been drinking it plain a little, but not me! The grains themselves are growing plump and seem very healthy - they were also in the 10-day delayed package and survived. 


I think that while $20 sounds steep, it's probably worth it since it's practically free to make kefir and you want to get a strong, healthy strain. Mine were about $30 for a group of one kombucha mother, about 2 tbs water kefir grains, about 2 tbs ginger beer plant (very similar to water kefir) and about 1 tbs of milk kefir grains. 

Good luck!!



post #6 of 7

I've been making kefir water for a couple of months. I find it super easy. I think its worth the $20, but you may be able to find someone to give you them for free - since they multiply as you use them. (I've heard there are some sharing websites where people give them away.)

Good luck!

post #7 of 7

You could always look on craigslist for the grains or I know there is a yahoo group on Kefir that people I have heard, will share them....

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