What are kefir grains?
Kefir is a thick and slightly tart fermented milk drink that’s popular in many countries around the world. It’s made from kefir grains, which are little bits of bacteria and yeast that have been dried and packaged into little balls. When you put the grains into milk, they ferment the milk and make it thicker and more sour.
The bacteria in kefir grains is what makes kefir so good for your gut health—the probiotics help keep you healthy by fighting off bad bacteria in your digestive system. You can also use kefir with water instead of milk—this kind of kefir is called water kefir or tibicos. Water kefir grains are just like milk kefir grains but smaller and less dense—they look like tiny pieces of cauliflower!
What’s the difference between milk kefir grains and water kefir grains?
Water Kefir Grains:
Water kefir grains are a different kind of fermenting substance entirely. Water kefir grains can be used to make water kefir, which is similar to kombucha but made with a different microbe. You can also use water kefir grains for making kombucha (another type of fermented tea).
Milk Kefir Grains:
Milk kefir grains are a form of kefir that is made from milk. They can be used to make kefir in any kind of milk, including cow’s milk, goat’s milk, sheep’s milk, and so on. When making kefir with milk kefir grains, you will need to use the specific type of milk you want to make it in—for example, if you want to make cow’s milk kefir, then you’ll need cow’s milk kefir grains.
Milk Kefir Grains vs Water Kefir Grains
1. Milk kefir grains are a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast that ferment milk, creating a sour milk drink called kefir. The grains are the “plant” from which this symbiotic culture develops. Water kefir grains are also a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast that ferment sugar water to create a fermented liquid called water kefir. The grains are the “plant” from which this symbiotic culture develops.
Water Kefir Grains vs Milk Kefir Grains
2. Milk kefir grains may be used to ferment both dairy and non-dairy milks (such as coconut milk), while water kefir grains can only be used to ferment sugar water into water kefir (with no added flavors).
3. When making milk kefir with milk, you will need to add extra sugar to your recipe in order for it to ferment properly; however, when making water kefir with sugar water, no additional sugar is needed because there is already plenty of it in the mixture itself!
4. Water kefir grains tend to grow faster than milk
Is it time to make kefir?
If you’re looking for a probiotic-rich drink that will help boost your immune system, improve digestive health, and give you energy, then yes! It’s time to make kefir. Kefir is a fermented milk product made with water kefir grains or milk kefir grains (or both). You can find these online or in some health food stores.
Making kefir is simple and fun. You only need two things: kefir grains and milk. And a few weeks of patience, which you won’t even notice because you’ll be too busy enjoying your homemade kefir!
Kefir grains are the starter culture for making kefir, so they’re also referred to as simply “grains.” They look like little cauliflower florets, and they’re made up of bacteria and yeast (lactobacillus and saccharomyces). The bacteria eat the sugar in the milk, turning it into lactic acid. This creates a slightly sour taste that’s kind of like yogurt but not exactly like yogurt—it’s hard to describe!
You can buy them online, or if you’re lucky enough to live near a dairy farm or farm store, you may be able to buy them locally. If neither of those options work for you, we recommend trying out our DIY method for growing your own kefir grains. It’s easy!
Kefir grains are a probiotic that you can find in kefir, yogurt, kombucha and other cultured foods. They are live bacteria and yeast (SCOBY) that ferment the sugars into lactic acid. They are delicious and so easy to make. Make your own and save money.