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Hello to all,

I recently have become fascinated with cultured foods. Right now I'm starting sourdough and kombucha, and I just made yogurt. I have been reading a lot about kefir, and I would like to grow some.

I read on Dom's highly informative website (http://users.sa.chariot.net.au/~dna/kefirpage.html) that there is a difference between "man-made, commercially-prepared non-kefir grains" and "real kefir grains." He spends quite a while explaining the difference. Two of the reasons he gives are that 1) the milk in any commercial product, at least in the United States, will not be fresh, and 2) In commercial kefir starters, a few select organisms are isolated from the kefir grains.

If that claim is true, could any of you share your real kefir with me? Or tell me a cheap, honest place I can order some? I live in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, if that matters. (And if you don't think the claim is true, what do you think?)

Thank you, and good luck in your cultured-food adventures.
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On August 17th, 2009 06:08 pm (UTC), pinkzinc commented:
hey,
i have believe it or not bought most cultures on ebay. you can actually find real kefir grains.. i personally don't have any to share with you, but i wish you luck!! you will definitely find something for pretty cheap.
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On December 3rd, 2009 04:26 am (UTC), illuviel commented:
There are some Florida sources of kefir grains here:
http://www.torontoadvisors.com/Kefir/kefir-list.php
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On December 20th, 2009 11:45 pm (UTC), c_c commented:
hello!
not sure if you're still interested, but I have plenty of water kefir grains to share. they're quite similar to the dairy grains, but are cultured in a sugar-water medium. send me a message if you'd like some!
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