“How do I know if my kefir grains aren't good anymore?” is the question on today's #AskWardee.
“How do I recognize if milk kefir grains are not good anymore and need to be replaced?
The reason I am asking is that for the longest time my kefir grains were not growing. In the end I found out the reason. It turned out that the temperature in my fridge was too warm so my raw milk was starting to turn sour in less than 10 days. I would still use the soured milk to make the kefir and I think that this is what made the grains not grow. Competition from the bacteria from souring milk?
I have turned down the temperature and the milk lasts for ever now. At least 3 weeks. How long raw milk is supposed to last anyway?
Now I do not use sour milk anymore and the grains grow quite nicely (for the first time) but I noticed that the kefir becomes yeasty. There is this yeasty “blanket” on top. I stir it in and it is still good but I wonder if maybe I should get different kefir grains. Maybe these ones are not that beneficial/healthy anymore?
Thank you very much. –Alina”
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