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Kefir or Yogurt

Postby JimmieC on Sun Dec 13, 2020 12:19 am

I'm totally new to making yogurt/kefir and have a newbie question. I purchased a bottle of Lifeway blueberry flavored kefir and dumped about 1/3 cup into a quart of whole milk and then put in a Bear yogurt maker for 20 hrs and then into fridge overnight. What I made had the consistency of heavy cream, tart but with a little honey was quite good. My question is - did I make yogurt or kefir?
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Re: Kefir or Yogurt

Postby Christopher Weeks on Mon Dec 14, 2020 9:10 am

My answer is that the distinction between the two is somewhat artificial or arbitrary and what you did isn't exactly either one. There's overlap in the set of microbes responsible for the two treatments, though the pool of microbes is larger in milk kefir than in what most people mean by yogurt. Also, as far as I know, kefir is made at room temp and slowed in the fridge.

If you really *had* to pigeonhole what you did, the safest from a communications-with-other-fermenter-people, is you made a "bad" yogurt. But I'll be interested to see if anyone else here has a different stance.
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Re: Kefir or Yogurt

Postby JimmieC on Tue Dec 15, 2020 4:23 pm

Hi Christopher,
Thank for responding to my "mystery" creation. I purchased some freeze dried kefir starter and plan on making some genuine "good" kefir. Although, my mystery yogurt with honey over oats and blueberries ain't too "bad".
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Re: Kefir or Yogurt

Postby alisoncc on Sat Jul 17, 2021 7:43 am

JimmieC wrote:I purchased some freeze dried kefir starter and plan on making some genuine "good" kefir.
Jim

Sorry Sir, but freeze dried starter is NOT genuine good Kefir. To make the real thing you need milk grains. Which are a symbiotic culture of bacteria, yeasts, etc.
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