On Sun, Jul 08, 2007 at 10:02:09AM -0700, Jeffrey Pawlan wrote: <Snip> FYI, what you're drinking is pretty different from the "real" thing such as we kefir nuts make at home. I haven't tried TJ's, but I've tried other brands and it basically tastes like thin yogurt. Granted, it has a much wider variety of organisms in it than most yogurt, but that's basically what it is. "Real" kefir is actually bubbly and effervescent from the CO2 produced by the yeasts, and has a slightly yeasty/cheesy/beer-y flavor, which can vary from mild to baseball-bat-to-the-head intensity depending on how you brew it. Tartness also varies from mild to mouth-puckering. The combination of bubbly and creamy creates a mouthfeel a bit like cream soda, except not sweet (unless you sweeten it, which is a hangin' offense if you ask me). It's a unique experience. But if you like what you're drinking and it's working for you, by all means stick with it. Diluting it in water is not something I've heard of doing before -- I'm guessing you're in it for the digestive health benefits rather than the flavor. ;) <Snip> This is not something I would have guessed. More evidence that reflux has little to do with the acidity of the food/drinks you consume, as kefir is quite acidic.