This product is awesome, and super easy to use. Each packet can be used for 7 uses (if you save a little liquid from each batch). I started with coconut water kefir (which tasted pretty gross), but used a little to start some cows milk kefir, which was delicious. Great to keep the packets in the fridge or freezer if you want to make kefir, but don't feel like dealing with the grains. (Posted on 7/2/2014)
My first experience with Body Ecology Kefir Starter was poor. The culture was bad; it was a clumpy brown mass and did not work. However, Cultures for Health sent a replacement that was good.
The packet contained the expected powder. It took ~36 hours to culture at room temperature 68-70 deg (it's the dead of winter here). The kefir had a nice, sharp flavor. I was able to successfully re-culture with some of the first batch. This time it took ~24 hours and came out great.
One thing I should note is that I did heat the milk to 180 degrees and let it cool before culturing it. (Posted on 3/3/2014)
I have used both water kefir grains and Body Ecology Starter. I actually like both. I have found the starter to be quick and convenient at times that I was not using the grains or did not have the time. I like the starter with coconut water, and think it tastes great. I use raw coconut water from Whole Foods, usually one that comes frozen, and it have made many batches and always liked it. Recently I bought two boxes of the starter, and the power was brown/rust color. I made it with the coconut water and it tasted terrible, so I threw it away. I tried another packet from the box, and experienced the same think as I did with the previous batch. The power in the packets of both boxes felt hard. I have experienced the packets hard before, but was told by Body Ecology that the power should be white or beige, and the carrier sometimes causes it to be hard if refrigerated. I went back to the water kefir grains, and they are doing very well, so am enjoying them currently. (Posted on 10/18/2014)
After two tries of making a VERY thin kefir, I emailed to ask if I was doing something wrong. The response I got was that it is SUPPOSED to be thin.....really? I will try again with the culture I have left in hopes that it does thicken a little more than my previous two batches.
Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on 12/6/2013)
This kefir culture was successful for both whole milk and heavy whipping cream several times now, but after 4 tries with coconut water, i am giving up. I feel like this product is overpriced and i do not understand why Body Ecology does not offer kefir grains. Seems like they're picking pockets to me, yet i'm grateful for the diet's wisdom and how it's helped me recover from candida. (Posted on 7/24/2011)
I wasn't really prepared when it came, so I refrigerated it for about 3 days. I don't think the starter helped at all. Try to be knowledgable of how to ferment before you get this. Also, I waited 3 days, not a good idea on my end. It was already weak when I used it.
Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on 5/13/2014)
Starter cultures, rennet for cheese making and cultured vegetables, juices and condiments are sensitive to excessive heat. Once your order has shipped, an e-mail with tracking information will be sent to you. We encourage you to use the tracking information to anticipate the arrival of your items so they can be removed from the mail box and stored in the refrigerator promptly.
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