lactis--are among the probiotic bacteria found in kefir grains
that have these hypotensive effects.
Chemical and microbiological characterisation of kefir grains
. J Dairy Res 2001; 68: 639-52.
Recently, a friend sent me some kefir grains
, this time, water kefir, that uses only water and sugar to grow.
originated in the Caucasus Mountains, and generations of families have been using the same strains.
Kefir was prepared using viable, sterilized whole fluid milk and 5% active kefir grains
, in order to yield a minimum of [10.sup.7] total lactic bacteria (CFU/g) and [10.sup.4] specific yeasts (CFU/g) to the end product, as prescribed by Brasil (6) and Nielsen et al.7 The inoculum was incubated to ferment at room temperature (25[+ or -]1[degrees]C) for 24 hours and maturate under refrigeration (4[+ or -]1[degrees]C) for 24 hours.
Assessment of the microbial diversity of Brazilian kefir grains
by PCR-DGGE and pyrosequencing analysis.
Fermented milk produced by kefir grains
contains yeast and lactobacilli [16,17,18].
Chen YP, Hsiao PJ, Hong WS, Dai TY, Chen MJ (2012) Lactobacillus kefiranofaciens M1 isolated from milk kefir grains
ameliorates experimental colitis in vitro and in vivo.
Kefir is a fermented milk product manufactured from milk subjected to lactic acid-alcohol fermentation in the presence of kefir grains
. Kefir grains
have a characteristic microflora that includes lactic acid-fermenting bacteria, acetic acid bacteria, and yeasts .
Stir kefir grains
into milk and leave the mixture out for a few days.
I give my flock water kefir grains
or a cultured dairy probiotic, usually mixed with some leftovers in a pan, as well as adding a tablespoon or so of kombucha to their water every time I fill the fount.
Kefir is the fermentation product of milk with Kefir grains
and other cultures prepared from grains.