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when I first got my grains I added 1 cup milk per instructions, but now my grains are multiplying ... how much milk do I add ... does it matter? can you mess this up?

also, I put my kefir in the icebox while I was out of town (with enough milk to cover the grains and then some) when I returned I poured it out and added new milk (btw, this was when my grains really multiplied). I put it out on the counter and then next morning there were pockets of clearish liquid (whey, I'm assuming) what's going on here?
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if your grains multiply, you can either add more milk, or give some grains away in your case though i would add more milk, 1 cup isn't very much! we make 1 quart every day.

the clearish liquid you noticed is probably whey, yep! when I see that, I just stir it right back in and drink it.
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okay, so I definitely want to add more milk but how much? How do I know? Before this recent growth in grains, I was leaving it for 24 hours and the whey never showed up. So this time I added probably 2 cups of milk (with more grains) and the whey appeared ... does that indicate anything? I'm probably being way too technical, but thanks for your input!
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If there is whey, you could probably use more than 2 cups of milk next time. I think the question is, how much kefir do you want to make?

It's fine to add different amounts of milk and experiment (like one day I might put 3 cups and another day I might put 5 cups). If you don't add enough milk, it will turn to kefir faster, and it will be stronger/tarter. If you add too much milk, it will take longer or not be as strong.
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thanks so much, that info is really helpful
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