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Old 02-03-2013, 03:14 PM   #931
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Now you tell me. I've got a matte of blueberry solids sitting in the lid of my blueberry Kombucha! LOL
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I always brew, juice the fruit, & bottle...
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I have to say, the grapefruit KT is wonderful! One day soon I'll mix it with ginger, or cliantro (juiced) or cloves, too. It's very refreshing.
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Hi guys - it's a really big thread so I figured rather than work my way through I thought I could just ask you a question...I hope you don't mind.

My DH and I have been brewing up keifer recently when we were told the health benefits...personally I couldn't drink it straight (hubby can but me..no!) so we've been making it into smoothies (with fresh or frozen raspberries and some truvia) and I find it very pleasant to drink. But I'm wondering if this would stall me weight loss wise as I'm not losing weight...it may be something completely different in my diet but I want to rule this out first.

I'd really like to hear your thoughts on keeping keifer in your weight loss plan...any answers gratefully received
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Hi guys - it's a really big thread so I figured rather than work my way through I thought I could just ask you a question...I hope you don't mind.

My DH and I have been brewing up keifer recently when we were told the health benefits...personally I couldn't drink it straight (hubby can but me..no!) so we've been making it into smoothies (with fresh or frozen raspberries and some truvia) and I find it very pleasant to drink. But I'm wondering if this would stall me weight loss wise as I'm not losing weight...it may be something completely different in my diet but I want to rule this out first.

I'd really like to hear your thoughts on keeping keifer in your weight loss plan...any answers gratefully received
I don't know if it's stalling me or not, I have to drink it for digestive problems. But I make it from goat milk and it tastes like buttermilk to me. I only drink maybe a cup a day, no more. My weight loss has been depressingly slow, but I don't have a choice.
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:05 AM   #936
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If you are talking MK it should not stall you if you are normally drinking milk and eating what you put in the smoothies. I will tell you that MK will take care of any digestive issues you may have & will help keep you well and healthy. I personally feel after 3 years MK has contributed to my keeping my weight down and my health has improved dramatically... I have not had so much as a head cold in 3 years, am a senior taking helping to care for my grankids.

I just recently saw an article.... Maybe this will post... I cant put the page up but lets hope .... this talks about milk probiotics and brain function...

Probiotics Change Brain Activity, Emotional Response
Posted on: Friday, March 22nd 2013 at 5:00 am
Written By: Case Adams, Naturopath
Probiotics Change Brain Activity, Emotional Response

Researchers from UCLA's Geffen School of Medicine have determined that consuming a milk fermented with probiotics changes the brain activity of women.

The UCLA medical researchers divided 36 healthy women into three groups. One group was given a milk fermented with probiotics twice a day. Another group was given a milk without the probiotics. The other group was given no milk product.

Before the study began the women underwent extensive brain MRI studies and brain activity tasking response analyses. Then the women consumed the probiotic or placebo milk for four weeks, followed by repeated testing.

Along with the MRI testing, the researchers tested brain responses to emotional faces, as well as during rest. They utilized analyses that tests emotional response.

After the four weeks, those women who drank the probiotic milk had significantly different brain activity changes. Their task-related responses increased, and their activity within the sensory cortex regions changed, which was dramatically illustrated during rest periods. Their midbrain connectivity increased, which the researchers concluded probably explained their task-related response increases.

Their altered brain activity also illustrated changes in the brain signaling pathways for emotional responses among the women.

The probiotics in the fermented milk included Bifidobacterium animalis, Streptococcus thermophiles, Lactobacillus bulgaricus, and Lactococcus lactis. Each of these species has been shown in other clinical studies to improve health among other organs and tissue regions of the body.

Learn more about probiotics.

Research has also connected the gut's probiotics to the brain via a conduit between the central nervous system and the enteric nervous system. The enteric nervous system is located in the abdominal region around the digestive tract. Many of our neurotransmitters are produced in this region and the neurons relay mind-body responses between the gut and the brain stem.

The researchers concluded: "Four weeks intake of a fermented milk with probiotics by healthy women affected activity of brain regions that control central processing of emotion and sensation."

The research was led by Dr. Emeran Mayer, a UCLA professor of medicine and a specialist in gastroenterology. He is the Director of the Oppenheimer Center for Neurobiology of Stress. Dr. Mayer is well-known for his research in identifying the gut and its probiotic content as "the second brain."
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Old 03-22-2013, 07:34 PM   #937
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I need some emotional control. Off to drink some kefir!
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Metqa, that will do it! Always has a very calming effect on me!
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Old 03-23-2013, 11:54 AM   #939
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It makes me feel good. BF thinks I'm trippin' but then I remind him of how he felt when he first drank kombucha and then he remembers how good it feels. Hahaha. It does make you feel good.

The only time it didn't make me feel good was when I spilled a quart of it all over my pajamas, shoes, counter and floor. Then it just made me feel cold and slippery.
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Old 03-26-2013, 02:47 PM   #941
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The thing about wet kefir all down your 'jammies is it DOES give you emotional control. Cause if you get upset and move around too much, it will ooze down into your undies and socks and give you the heebie jeebies. So you must remain calm and move slowly but deliberately toward the washing machine...

My smoothie was extra delicious that morning!
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Old 07-14-2013, 06:49 AM   #943
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Help I feal so guilty I killed my kefir should I make amends by offering to addopt
any unwanted baby kefir? No I was not asking for anyone to send me any I just
thought that was a good line to use before I asked for the best place to BUY starter
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Old 07-14-2013, 09:30 PM   #944
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Wow, What happened to them?
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I realy don't rember. I may have left them out of the refergerator
for a couple of weeks.
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Are you sure you killed them? I had my kefir grains dry out and I thought they were ruined, but they still work. Maybe try them in a cup of milk and see if they still work.
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I got scared of them and threw them out.
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Popping in here quickly to say hi to everyone! I'm a big fan of kefir and kombucha and ferment both! I gave my kefir grains to a friend as I went on holiday and she didn't take care of my babies....

I just ordered some new ones, so in a few days I'm good to go again!
I'm currently doing LCHF, so I'm going to be looking into making cream kefir, anyone got any ideas and experience in making this? Would love some tips!

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Popping in here quickly to say hi to everyone! I'm a big fan of kefir and kombucha and ferment both! I gave my kefir grains to a friend as I went on holiday and she didn't take care of my babies....

I just ordered some new ones, so in a few days I'm good to go again!
I'm currently doing LCHF, so I'm going to be looking into making cream kefir, anyone got any ideas and experience in making this? Would love some tips!

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I never heard of that, but I bet it's similar to sour cream. Let us know how it turns out.
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Yes, it's similar to sour cream... I'm waiting for my grains to arrive, once I have them, I'll make a first batch with regular raw milk, and then once my grains are more active I'll give them a bath in raw cream... Will get back to you how that one turns out!
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I think I did that once and it turned so thick It was hard to get the spoon out. It was so much fun!!! I wonder why I haven't done it since. Anyway, it made the cream super thick,....Oh yeah, I had a hard time getting the grains out because it was so thick. I'd choose the largest grains you have so it will be easier to find them once the product has thickened up. It tasted great. I should make that again. Thanks for reminding me!
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Thanks for your advice, Metqa!
Now I can't wait for the new grains to arrive!
I'm also going crazy with my kombucha, I can't even give away my scobys anymore, LOL! They are now going on the compost heap, so hopefully they'll nourish my plants next year, LOL!
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I think I did that once and it turned so thick It was hard to get the spoon out. It was so much fun!!! I wonder why I haven't done it since. Anyway, it made the cream super thick,....Oh yeah, I had a hard time getting the grains out because it was so thick. I'd choose the largest grains you have so it will be easier to find them once the product has thickened up. It tasted great. I should make that again. Thanks for reminding me!

I wonder if the grains could go in a tea infuser that could then go into the cream. Then they wouldn't get lost.

I'm bottling more kombucha today and I've been using pomegranate juice. Now, I'm thinking an orange pineapple. I'll see when I get to the store.
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I've seen small silk bags with a draw string. I guess that could work. or maybe just a wider mesh strainer so the cream would go through easier than getting clogged in a strainer that easily passes milk.
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I've read that you can squeeze them. You'd have to have properly clean hands....
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I just went through all 33 pages over this past weekend. Wow what a group.

I've been making kefir from raw milk for about a year, but have never been very happy with my results. My grains have basically been slumbering in the refrigerator for a few months now.

I've been working on separating and re-activating them with frequent changes of store bought - non homogenized whole milk since I can't get my raw milk until later this week. The first few batches were very acetone like, this last batch smells much better.

I've never really done a second ferment, mainly I was making kefir once a week, storing the grains in the refrigerator and the kefir into another container in the refrigerator. It never really thickened up and never got fizzy.

Occasionally my kefir would separate, but I always thought it was because I had too many grains in there.

So my new plan is to kefir in smaller amounts, on a daily basis, with a second fermentation (counter for some, refrigerator for others) and using all the knowledge that I've gleaned here, and on Dom's page to see if I can give it a go.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:11 AM   #957
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I've found the best way to store the grains is in the kefir itself. It just keeps getting better in my opinion.

I think the fast activity of warm milk and grains will separate the milk before the kefir has a chance to coagulate it together in a smooth way. Even when I get separation, I just strain it to break up the curds and then add and leave the grains in to pull it all together.

I hate that acetone smell, but I noticed it seems confined to the whey and not the solids, so if I have a jar go weird , I can usually pour off the whey and scrape the surface of the white cream beneath, it's sometimes still usable with no acetone smell noticeable beneath the surface. I could make herb cheese spread with it.
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I'm sipping the best kefir I made since I started this a year ago. I'm convinced its through all the reading I did on this group.

Its thicker, slightly sour and tangy. I have two other pint jars going through a warm 2F (one with some blackberries and the other with just some cinnamon and cardamom). I'll let them go a day or two and let tomorrow's batch 2F in the refrigerator to see what works best.

Right now its pastuerized milk, I'm hoping to go back to raw milk in the next few weeks. (I order it, so its a work in progress).

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Hooray for Teazel! I like it thicker, sour and tangy as well!
I haven't done any second ferments, but I have some fresh blackberries in the freezer and some pure unsweetened pomegranate, cranberry and blueberry juices. I could add that to the kefir and let it 2F to see what happens...
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so excited to learn and to share this: raw goat milk keifer has 1 gram of carbs isn't that awesome! Mine separated this morning so I poured out most of the whey before I made my smoothie, but YAY for such a low carb super food
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