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Offline Cuba

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Use kefir to sour beer?
« on: February 01, 2017, 10:11:16 AM »
Hey everyone,

Think I have an interesting topic here that I can't find much info on. I haven't been brewing lately but plan to get back into it after school is over in April; so I've been getting some recipes ready.

Somewhat recently I started using milk kefir instead of yogurt because of all the probiotic in it (good with cereal for breakfast). These include several strains of Lactobacillus, which got me thinking that maybe it can be used to sour a beer instead of buying (and waiting for) a souring yeast strain from wyeast/white labs.

Milk kefir may not be the best idea because of the dairy in it, or maybe it would work, thoughts?

There is also something similar called water kefir that I think might be perfect for this application. Anyways let me know what you think!

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Re: Use kefir to sour beer?
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2017, 11:57:39 AM »
I can't see why it wouldn't work. Do your research on Milk the Funk. Lots of brewers use lacto from yogurt to build a culture to sour. Lots of brewers including myself use probiotic capsules as well.

Read, read, read and give it a shot. I'm interested to see how it works out.

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« Last Edit: February 01, 2017, 12:39:33 PM by robcoombs »

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Re: Use kefir to sour beer?
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2017, 12:38:38 PM »
Awesome, thanks @robcoombs