I've found a great new source of fresh kefir grains!
I'm thrilled to announce that Kombucha Kamp, my recommended source for all things Kombucha is now also selling fresh, live organic kefir grains! You can find both milk kefir grains and water kefir grains here.
Previously I had only found reliable sources of dried kefir grains. But the problem with dried grains is that it takes a lot more time and work to get the grains back to health and up and producing like normal. Unfortunately, it's very common with dried grains that even when they get back to producing kefir, they don't multiply like the should. Meaning that something is not quite right, they are lacking in vitality. Now there are times when you may need to use dried kefir grains. But unless you absolutely have to I'd highly recommend going for the live grains instead.
Milk kefir, commonly known as simply, kefir, is a delicious and healthy probiotic milk drink, similar to yogurt but with even more health benefits. It's a great way to colonize the beneficial bacteria in your gut. It's been said that our health begins with our digestive system. A healthy digestive system allows us to extract and assimilate the nutrients in our food. The beneficial bacteria in our gut also produce some nutrients for our body through their normal metabolic processes, and help to eliminate pathogenic (bad) bacteria.
Kefir is even easier to make than yogurt. In fact, it has to be one of the easiest of all the fermented foods to make. You don't have to preheat the milk, and use a thermometer to cool it to just the right temperature, then keep it at the right temperature until the fermentation is complete. It's so easy, you just add milk and kefir grains and leave it out at room temperature for 24 hours.
Water kefir (also known as tibicos, ginger bug and African bees), makes a healthy vegan probiotic drink. Water kefir is a nice tasting, refreshing beverage made from water, sugar, water kefir grains and natural flavorings of your choice. The flavoring is where you get to be really creative. Water kefir usually ferments in 24-48 hours. Many people have used water kefir to break their soda addictions. Even kids tend to love water kefir.