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Product Review (submitted on March 1, 2014):
I am very happy with the results I've gotten so far. It took me a little while to find the right place for it to grow best, but I am now making whole milk Kefir 4 days a week and soy kefir 2-3 times a week. I grew up watching my Mom make yogurt and eating fresh yogurt, so I was very confident about being able to do this, and I can't believe that I had not looked into getting these cultures before. About a year and a half ago, I bought a yogurt maker and I loved it!! The fresh taste brought back memories and I could not believe that I had eaten store bought this long. Then, while looking for the starter, I found this website and of course, I had to try it. For those of you who are new to this whole process, read, read read the book and it may take a lot more trial and error on the spot where your cultures are going to do their best, but stay with it and your perseverance will be rewarded. I would recommend you use a thermometer to make sure the temperature is where you need it to be. My Keffir grains were producing thick Kefir within 4 days and started to multiply and grow so fast I could not believe it. Then, it all came to a hult. The milk was barely thick after a whole 24 hours and the grains were getting smaller and dissapearing :( until I realized that the dishwasher was not running as often as it had when I first started! Now, I have found the top of the stove is the best place because the temperature is constant, since the pilot keeps it warm. In addition, when the dishwasher is set to run at night, I use a plastic dish. When the dishwasher runs during the day, I use a glass dish.
I make whole milk Kefir 4 out of 3 days a week, and Soy Kefir the other 3 days. I find that soy thickens much faster than whole milk. My grains are back to bigger and I am better at figuring how much milk they need. My next test is going to be drying the grains and rehydrating them for when I go on vacation. The support is incredible by chat or email, I found the staff was extremely helpful and all the posts were very helpful too. Happy culturing everyone :)