I'm so incredibly frustrated!
I purchased dehydrated dairy kefir grains from a website back in August and had absolutely no luck getting them anywhere. I tried putting them straight in the milk and in a reusable "brew bag". I tried rinsing them, and I tried not rinsing them. I've tried it with a lid on top and with cheese cloth on top. Nothing. And then, as things were starting to look positive, I killed them. Yup, I left them in the jar without milk overnight because my brain went on vacation. Oops.
So, yesterday I spent 10 bucks. I found a local person through Craigslist who was selling her extra grains. I told her my woes, and she said it sounded like the grains never fully matured. So I bought her fully matured grains, and was flabbergasted by how many there were! I had maybe a teaspoons worth from the dehydrated grains, and she gave me practically a cup! She assured me they would work- they always work for her!
So, I tried them last night, and- nope. NO luck. I'll try again tonight with cheese cloth instead of the lid, but I am getting frustrated! And a little ticked off- I'm wasting all this good, expensive, raw milk on failure after failure. But my husband LOVES kefir and would drink it by the gallon if he could. But at $5 a liter in the store for whole milk non-sweetened organic (pasturized) kefir, we just can't afford it. Especially this month of (supposed) non-spending.
So does anybody have any hints? Any helpful solutions to my problems? I'm at a loss here! Please!