Frequently Asked Questions About Non-Dairy Milk Kefir

Coconut Kefir

Why is my non-dairy kefir is separating into whey and curds?

This is actually normal for non-dairy kefir. Since most nut milks are made with mostly water it separates quite easily. This doesn’t diminish the product in any way. Stir or shake it up, or blend it into a smoothie. You might want to taste your batch while it’s fermenting. As soon as it sour or tart it is done and should be placed into the refrigerator to keep it from continuing to separate. Coconut milk made from canned milk doesn’t usually separate and stays creamy and thick.

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Non-Dairy Kefir

Dairy Free Kefir

Does non-dairy kefir have as many probiotics as regular kefir?

This really depends on what type of non-dairy milk you’re using. Each non -dairy milk has different benefits that are in part to the type of milk you’re using. They vary in calcium and minerals and how much food there is for the bacteria to consume. We would have to test all of these non-dairy milks to be sure how many probiotics are in each product, which would be time consuming and expensive. However, we have seen a great many people heal their guts on non-dairy milks, and many are no longer allergic to dairy and can have both types of kefir.

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Non-Dairy Kefir

Pecan Kefir

Does non-dairy kefir ferment faster?

Generally speaking, non-dairy kefir does ferment faster than regular cow’s milk kefir. (18- 24 hours) It will also depend on the temperature in your home and what kind of culture you’re using. If you are using a lot of kefir grains your kefir will ferment faster. It is best to taste it, if it’s sour or tart then it’s done, regardless of how long it has been. The most important thing to realize is that once the sugars are gone then the bacteria has eaten the food out of the milk and it’s time to refrigerate. Longer fermenting times will result in fewer probiotics, as the bacteria run out of food to consume.

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Non-dairy  Kefir

Oat Milk Kefir

My Kefir Grains Aren't Growing?

Kefir grains don't grow as much or at all in nut milk kefir. They really need the lactose in milk to grow and thrive, but that being said, they still make good kefir. Make sure you give them extra food such as a tsp of sugar for a quart since most nut milks don't have many carbohydrates.

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Non-Dairy Kefir

Flaxseed Kefir

Do I Need To Add Extra Food For Non-dairy Kefir

Most non-dairy kefir kinds of milk are low in carbohydrates and don't contain lactose, the main food source for the minions in (dairy) kefir. The microbes need some type of sugar to consume in order to generate lots of probiotics, so included in each non-dairy recipe is a small amount of sugar since there's no lactose. No worries, you won't get this sugar because the millions of microbes will consume the sugar and then make you billions of probiotics.

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Non-Dairy Kefir

Rice Kefir

My Non-Dairy Kefir is Thin

Non-dairy kefir is usually thinner than regular kefir, since most non-dairy kinds of milk have a lot of water in them. Don't worry, this is ok and doesn't mean it's over fermenting. This is just from the water content separating from whatever grains, seeds, or nuts you're using. It's still loaded with tons of probiotics and nutrients. When it separates, just shake it up before you use it.

If you follow my recipes, I include the nuts that are blended into the kefir and this makes the kefir thicker. I also have a recipe to make thicker non-dairy kefir. Check out the recipe below.

Thick Like Yogurt — Nut Kefir

Thick Non-Dairy Kefir