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lmm wrote: A poster recently queried whether it was OK for kefir to separate after 24hrs, which confused me since I thought that was the point? You drink the watery whey and remove the curd containing the milk grains?

With that said, I tried some (well, it went as far as my mouth), and it was sour, slightly fizzy, and utterly putrid. I don’t fancy it at all. I left it for 72 hours. Is this too long? I don’t want to risk lactose in the kefir.

I’ve heard that it improves after the kefir become acclimatized. We’ll see!


After 24 hours, you’re supposed to stir it so that the curd and whey mixes back together. You can then strain out the grains, and drink the rest.