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What to do when you receive your kefir fermenter for the first time:

Instructions

The kefir cage is a "house" for soft and delicate kefir grains. The cage makes kefir fermentation simple and reliable. Our device dramatically simplifies the kefir making process. We recommend using the cage with a glass jar of your choice (plastic jars are not favorable for fermentation). All of this (jar, cage, and grains) is included in your purchase of the kefir fermenter. The cage and the kefir grains can be reused hundreds of times, saving you hundreds of dollars a year.

Directions

  • After receiving the cage with kefir grains remove it from plastic bag and flush slightly with cold tap water for 10-20 seconds
  • Now it is ready for fermentation. Do not remove grains out of the cage and do not eat the grains
  • Put the cage with grains in the glass jar with milk
  • To make kefir right the kefir fermenter must sit in the room temperature for about 20-24h. Kefir grains perform better at normal temperatures (68-78° F or 19-23° C). At the lower temperatures kefir making process takes longer.
  • Higher temperatures of 80-94° F or 26 -34° C will help make kefir faster. To achieve the higher temperatures you may put your kefir fermenter device close to the window on a sunny day or outside on the porch or balcony if it is hot outside. If you put is outside, don’t forget to cover it to protect from bugs. They love kefir too!
  • Do not overheat kefir grains. Remember, they are live clusters of yeast and bacteria and they will die at the temperatures higher then 105° F or 40° C
  • Always cover the container or a jar with a special lid that allows for the air flow. Kefir 
  • grains are live clusters of bacteria and yeast and they need oxygen to stay alive and healthy
  • Kefir is ready when it becomes a jelly-like consistence like yogurt
  • Combine two, three, or more cages together in case you need larger amount of kefir
  • Use whole milk, 2% milk or 1%. Fermentation of soy or almond milk is also possible. Our family prefers to use whole organic cow or goat milk for our kefir
  • Let us know how it is going for you. We love listening to your kefir stories


Maintaining your Kefir Grains

  • You can use your home kefir cage daily
  • For best results, rinse the cage without removing the grains in cold tap water at least once a week
  • Remove extra grains once in a couple of weeks. Keep the cage 2/3 full. This provides optimal conditions for the contact of grains and milk
  • When not in daily use, store kefir grains in milk in the glass jar in the refrigerator for up to 2-4 weeks. We recommend washing the grains and changing the milk every 2 weeks 
  • For long term storage (many months), place the grains in fresh milk and move to the freezer. To revive kefir grains remove them out of freezer, slowly defrost and let it sit for 2-3 days at room temperature in fresh milk