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    Old 08-22-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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    My kefir tastes pretty funky.. is this normal for the first few batches?

    I just received some live kefir grains in the mail last week (not dried). They came from an international source and took about two weeks to get here. The instructions stated that it may take a bit of time to wake them back up and that the process I should use would be to put them in 1 cup of milk, stirring 3-4 times daily and to change the milk every 48 hours until good kefir is formed, at which point I could increase the amount of milk. They said it should generally take about 2 cycles of this for the kefir to reactivate. It's been three cycles, and though I'm noticing some good signs (CO2 bubbles, sour taste), for the most part it still tastes like milk that has gone rotten. I am familiar with the taste of kefir and this is definitely not right. Could my grains have been contaminated? Or is this normal in the first week while they are reactivating?

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    -I am using regular 2 percent milk. I know organic is preferred but it's a bit expensive for me.
    -I have about 1 tablespoon of grains
    - It is 23 degrees Celsius around here
    -When I received the shipment it came in a tiny bit of milk which had smelled pretty funky over the two weeks. The instructions said I could still dump it in though without rinsing or straining but now Iím wondering if this is why I keep getting such a gross taste.

    Any suggestions are greatly appreciated

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