May 2, 2014 by transilvanian
I take the liberty of making them public for everyone’s benefit.
My kefir buddy Nat asked:
“Can I put kefir straight into raw milk and will it create more kefir?. Do you know much about water kefir?. I am also still wondering if kefir is alright for people with dairy intolerance?”
My answer to Nat:
“…the grains simply love raw milk, that’s what I drink myself, and a heaped teaspoon make me a nice cup of kefir every 18-24 hours.
Providing you feed the grains fresh milk, they will keep multipying.
I have tried water kefir or tibiscos, however my family and I prefer and currently drink Kombucha tea.
You can temporarily convert your milk kefir to make you water kefir, or even soy milk kefir, almond milk kefir, rice milk kefir, or coconut yoghurt.
You name it, they’ll make it for you…
They are happy with sugary water for a while, 2-3 weeks, however I’d put them back on milk after that.
You can obviously rotate your grains, have a couple of lots you constantly rotate between milk and water, or other type of vegetable “milk”.
About the lactose intolerance and kefir, milk kefir is definitely all right for that.
What makes the milk kefir acceptable to people with lactose intolerance is the lack of lactose in kefir.
That’s exactly what the grains do, they feed on lactose in the milk, transforming it in lactic acid, carbon dioxide, and alcohol…”