Many people choose to drink kefir because it contains far more strains of beneficial than other cultured products such as yoghurt. Mad Millie Kefir Culture is a direct-set starter culture whereas kefir grains are reusable, and with proper care can be used indefinitely.
As we have had a number of people confused between culture and grains, we have summarised the difference for you.
Mad Millie Kefir Culture
- Looks like a powder or very tiny grains
- Can be used with coconut water, fruit juice, coconut milk and milk
- Contains seven strains of bacteria and one strain of yeast
- Can reculture one to two times
- Suited for people who do not wish to have to feed kefir regularly
- Minimal maintenance required.
- Powdered consistency - all you need to do is, pour sachet into a jar, shake, allow it to set overnight. This is a DVS (direct vat set) culture, which means the culture is a freeze-dried bacteria that can be added directly to your liquid of choice.
- 1 sachet is sufficient for 1 L of milk, but each sachet can also be recultured up to 2 times.
- Looks a lot like small cauliflower florets
- Best used with milk or coconut milk. Non-dairy milk can be cultured, but probiotic multiplying results are hard to measure
- Need different grains for milk or water kefir
- Multiple numbers of strains
- Need looking after
- Works best when used back to back/reculture straight away. This means it can be harder to maintain. If you go away or just want a break from making kefir, you must make sure you still store them correctly. They generally need daily feeding
- If kefir grains are dormant or dead, you may end up with rancid milk which should not be consumed
- 2 - 4 Tbsp of milk grains to 4 cups of liquid