My grains just came. I put them in milk to recover from ther trip. It smells like Yeast a lot! I was taking it out of the bag and putting it in milk and i had to hold my nose. I hate yeast after having candida so many years.
Do you think its ok? I don't want Candida again! Should I wash them before putting them in the milk that I will eat...I think I should to remove anty bad stuff.
For the first couple of days you throw out the kefir mixture when bringing back the grains from a vacation (or where yours dried?). It does smell very strongly for those first couple of days, and anytime you forget it for a few days it will smell strongly again. Several people have used kefir successfully against the battle of candida, the natural yeasts contained in the grains seem to help it not make it worse. I am not sure how to explain this phenomenon, but it doesn't seem to be anything to fear. Some have experienced a bit of healing crisis from kefir similiar to that of taking probiotics, but that is to be expected as a cup of kefir can contain between 5 and 10 billion good flora bacteria. Namaste, Caitlin Lorraine
Kefir grains contain quite a few types of beneficial yeasts, INCLUDING CANDIDA! Keep in mind you will never find Candida albicans in kefir. The forms of beneficial candida in kefir are active AGAINST C. albicans.
A yeasty odor from kefir is not abnormal. In fact, a very nice
sourdough starter can be made using equal parts of liquid kefir and whole wheat flour. Adding some kefir whey or spare milk grains to fruit juice will even result in a kefir beer!
Be careful. Dangerous pressure can build when fermenting sweet juices.