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Help! My kefir runneth over!

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I am new to kefir and just got my grains three days ago. I made my first batch (1qt) and a second quart yesterday. The first batch took 24 hours because the grains needed to get used to my raw milk -- they were raw milk grains, so it probably wasn't too much for them to acclimatize. Anyway, this batch is done after just 12 hours, but I still have plenty of the first batch left. So once I empty the grains from the second batch, can I "rest" them for a couple days until I need more kefir. If so, what is the bast way to keep them? Could I store them in the fridge in a 8oz glass mason jar with a little bit of milk?

BTW, DD#2 had her first kefir drink this morning I added some blueberries (frozen unfortunately as I didn't have any fresh) and some raw unheated honey. She loved it. I also slipped a little kefir in their breakfast milkshakes (raw milk, eggs and raw, unheated honey). I drank some plain last night before I went to bed. It was wonderful!

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I love my kefir smoothies in the morning!! But, unfortunetely I don't think they agree with my 4 month nursing DD.

Anywho, I store my grains in the fridge in a jar with some milk. I only keep one tablespoon of grain going for a quart of kefir, and store all my babies in the fridge. Occasionally I strain them and add fresh milk. The amount of milk in the jar really doesn't matter I don't think. Sometimes when I have to get a couple weeks worth of my raw milk, I've learned to put a few kefir grains in a gallon and it keeps it fresh without turning it to kefir. You can also fast them for a few days to a week in some water.
Hope this helps.
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