Frequently Asked Questions About Non-Dairy Milk Kefir

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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 anyway. 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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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 the type of milk you’re using. They vary in calcium and minerals and how much food their 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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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 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 less probiotics, as the bacteria runs out of food to consume.

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