DO I HAVE TO WASH MY GRAINS?

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Traditional it’s not done and not recommended because when washing your grains you are actually washing off their protective layer, called Kefiran, making them vulnerable to foreign yeast and bacteria. There is one exception to this no wash rule and that is when your Kefir Grains are producing an inferior kefir, smelling too yeasty or rotten. You will have to get the trouble makers off the grains and to wash them would be the best option at this stage, so use milk (not water) to wash your kefir grains before putting them in new fresh milk and moving them to the fridge for recovery.