How to Tell Milk Kefir from Water Kefir Grains (VIDEO)
The other type of live kefir culture is used to make water kefir and kefir sodas.
Unfortunately, folks new to traditional cooking sometimes get live water kefir and milk kefir grains confused. They might even attempt to use a milk kefir culture to make water kefir and vice versa. Not only do the live grains look and behave differently, but the beneficial microbes they impart to the fermented food or drink are quite different as well. For example, milk grains ferment in about 24 hours. A water kefir culture takes at least 2 and sometimes up to 5 days until the beverage is ready to drink.
No surprise when the fermentation doesn’t take or mold on the cultured food occurs with this type of mix-up. If you got some live grains from a friend and they didn’t seem to work very well, there is a chance that you might be using the wrong type of culture. If you aren’t sure, you can always buy instead. Live grains for water kefir are available here and live grains for milk kefir are available here.
In the video below, I show you the two types of kefir grains so that you know visually how to identify one versus the other.
Do you know the difference between milk kefir grains and water kefir grains? See the video below for clues!
Water Kefir Grains and Milk Kefir Grains: Do You Know the Difference?
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