Let’s say you want to stop brewing your milk kefir for whatever reason. It’s a good idea to leave it to hibernate in the refrigerator for a week or two.
This will ensure that the grains experience a decreased level of activeness, hence needing less food to survive, and so that they don’t die when you don’t feed them for a prolonged period of time.
And here’s how you do it.
Steps to store milk kefir grains
1. Separate the grains from your latest brew
2. Place them gently into a glass jar container.
3. Pour in milk until all the grains are submerged.
4. Lightly cover the container with a lid
5. Place the jar into the fridge so that the low temperature inhibits the grains from being constantly active and running out of food.
Things to note when you store milk kefir grains
When you hibernate your grains, make sure you take them out every 2 weeks or so and make a new batch so that they don’t die.
When you do take them out and start to reactivate them, expect the first few batches to not go as well as usual. The grains will take a couple of brews to come out of hibernation and achieve their regular level of activeness.
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