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It is cheap and simple to make whole food probiotics at home.
Dairy-free kefir, or any type of dairy could be made into kefir. And the kefir grains reproduce and you will be giving them away to friends and strangers in no time, lol.
Check the Sharing Cultures forum for members who'll share culture starters.
Refrigerated bottled probiotics generally have fewer probiotics than active live cultures yogurt at the store. Making yogurt isn't difficult either. Just need a starter, and they are inexpensive also.
You could order dehydrated kefir grains from Cultures for Health. I believe that she ships even in the summer. They cost about $15, and she sends instructions. http://www.culturesforhealth.com/Kefir-Grains-c37/
But, here is more about making milk kefir and water kefir.
Milk kefir: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z1BdnzhNvvs
Water Kefir: http://heal-thyself.ning.com/group/sharingstartercultures/forum/top...
Here is Probiotics 101. Basically, any homemade probiotic has more beneficial microbials than anything you can buy in a bottle.
Join the Intro to Ferments group for resources and questions! And Sharing Cultures group to share cultures. :-)
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Cultures for Health ships internationally, from my understanding and she sends dehydrated grains and instructions. It costs about $16 + s/h.
Did you check the Sharing Cultures forum here? I thought I recalled someone sharing grains in the UK.
I have access to water grains but am interested in milk grains as well. Please let me know when you have some available to ship.
I have some grains that a friend gave me that she says are milk grains, but I haven't successfully made milk kefir with them, I don't think. OTOH, I have never had milk kefir, so I don't know what I am supposed to get! If I could get some feedback on the kefir, I could share grains if they are milk grains.
I fermented it for over 24 hours, and it separated but didn't thicken. It has a curdled texture, and is very sour. Does this mean these are really water grains?