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.

But, here is more about making milk kefir and water kefir.

Milk kefir:

Water Kefir:

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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Comment by Connie on September 14, 2010 at 8:40pm
I have water grains but would love some milk grains. I am in Florida and it is still hot here. If you let me know when you begin shipping them I would greatly appreciate it.

Comment by Shari Blanchard on September 14, 2010 at 8:48pm
I would love some of the water grains when you are shipping them:) Yes if you are able please let me know too. Thanks kindly.
Comment by Pat Robinson on September 14, 2010 at 8:51pm
It'll be cooler here in about a month and I'll post. I have a LOT of water kefir grains. My milk kefir grains are dwindling as I don't make it frequently and give a lot away locally. But, hopefully will have more soon.

Comment by Jennifer Haydon on September 15, 2010 at 3:03am
Hi Pat, do you post to the UK and what would cover the cost ? cheers
Comment by Pat Robinson on September 15, 2010 at 9:02am
Jennifer, I have hydrated grains and apparently customs frowns on liquids sent through the mail. Additionally, they do not survive as well for long periods as dehydrated.

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.

Comment by Emilee on December 5, 2010 at 10:17am
Are you still shipping any water or dairy grains? I'm really wanting to try both.
Comment by Gabraela on December 13, 2010 at 6:23pm

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.

Comment by Sarah Thompson on January 5, 2011 at 7:28pm

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?

Comment by Nicole Gliddon on January 18, 2011 at 11:24pm
Hi, I'm Nicole. I live in Kansas and I'm looking for milk kefir grains or water kefir grains. If anyone has any to share, I would be so appreciative! Thank you kindly. Blessings.
Comment by Marcella Respini on January 20, 2011 at 12:15am
Years ago at Hippocrites Health Institute, I learned to make probiatic formula with red wheat grains that you soak.  I am going to have to search through some files and will get back here to share the specific recipe.  I don't know why I stopped doing it...maybe it's a little sour to drink but for people who don't want any dairy, it's a good alternative.


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