HOW CAN ONE LOSE OR KILL KEFIR GRAINS?
Now why would anyone want to encourage this sort of behaviour? You may kharhumm– accidentally kill kefir grains if you– 1. leave kefir grains in the same milk for longer than 10 to 14 days at room temperature [please view this self explanatory picture]. 2. rinse the grains with hot water. This may happen if you recently used hot water from the same tap, prior rinsing the grains. An amount of hot water remaining trapped in the tap will pass onto the grains and kill them! When ever rinsing kefir grains with tap water, first run the cold water for a few seconds, while checking the temperature of the water with your fingers. Tap water must first run cold before rinsing kefir grains. 3. leave the kefir-brewing vessel near a heat source, like a heater, electric element or on the stove etc. Unless you live in extreme cold conditions, there should be no reason to place your kefir-brewing vessel in a heated environment. In most moderate climates, room temperature is adequate for culturing kef