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Powdered kefir starter VS milk kefir grains… Which one should you choose ?!

You want to make milk kefir at home, but your mind swings between  milk kefir grains and milk kefir powdered culture? This article will help you better understand the differences and the benefits of each option.

Whatever the options (grains or starter), you can create milk kefir that is:

  • Tasty
  • Good for your health
  • Easy to prepare


Comparison between kefir grains and kefir culture

Ease of preparation

When you have healthy milk kefir grains, it is very easy to make kefir. You take the grains, mix them with milk at room temperature and, 24 hours later, you have kefir! However, the grains must be cared for to be able to produce kefir. For that, you have to change the milk regularly, as if you were feeding a small pet.

Kefir powdered starter, on the other hand, is even easier to use. It does not require any activation: just add the small sachet of powder to the milk and let it ferment. Your first kefir can be prepared swiftly! In addition, the powder keeps for a very long time in the refrigerator.

Winner: The Powdered Starter


Health benefits

Kefir grains contain a jungle of different microorganisms. There is a wide range of bacteria and yeasts that live in symbiosis. This wide variety is excellent for us because it has the potential to diversify the ecosystem of our microbiota.

On the other hand, the culture of kefir is less diverse. It is made up of a few select bacteria and yeasts. Cultivated kefir has less diversity of microorganisms, but it is still super healthy. Like grain-based kefir, the drink will be a great source of vitamins B1 and B12, calcium, and vitamin K2.

Winner: Kefir Grains



Milk kefir grains are a wild culture. The results can vary depending on many criteria: temperature, quantity of grains per volume of milk, fermentation time, etc. You can have more or less sparkling kefir, more or less liquid, or with different tastes from time to time.

Professional cooks and commercial brewers tend to prefer powdered starter because it is more predictable. With the right recipe, calculated quantities and culture, you will always succeed in producing delicious and identical kefir every time.

Winner: Powdered Starter, for its more stable and constant results



With the kefir grains, you can make kefir endlessly! Indeed, if you take good care of your grains, they will grow and start to multiply. You can even give some to your friends. You can also store your beans easily for the long haul.

With the powdered starter, you need to use a new culture bag each time.

Winner: milk kefir grains


Grains or powdered starter... Which wins our hearts?

Whether with grains or powdered starter, you will be able to make delicious and healthy kefir at home. After that, it's up to you to decide whether you want a more long-term relationship or one-off kefir adventure.

We like milk kefir grains for:

  • Their jungle of microorganisms
  • Their infinite capacity to produce kefir

We love powdered kefir starter for:

  • Its simplicity
  • Its efficiency


Get started! 

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