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K N and P J Harris ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk
Wed Mar 18 19:12:57 EST 1998

The Kefir plant is a combination of yeast and bacteria - not a plant as 
such. We use the same term in the UK for a culture used for making 
ginger beer, it is called a ginger beer plant but it is still a yeast. 
Suggest you try the microbiology list. Warning, experience of a 
colleague many years ago suggests that making Kefir (the "culture" is 
also sometimes called "Kefir grains") is not that easy and when it goes 
wrong the product is quite disgusting !

Peter Harris,
University of Reading,
AKA <P.J.Harris at reading.ac.uk>

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