What is kefir?

Taken from Wikipedia

Kefir (alternately kephir, kewra, talai, mudu kekiya, matsoun, matsoni, waterkefir, milkkefir) is a fermented milk drink originating in the Caucasus.

This drink is prepared by inoculating cow's or goat's milk with the grains - or "beads" - of previous kefir batches. Kefir grains are a combination of bacteria and yeasts in a matrix of proteins, lipids and sugars. Lactobacillus acidophilus and Saccharomyces kefir are widely used, though the exact combination of bacteria and yeasts vary between cultures. The milk is incubated at room temperature for a day or more, during which the lactose is fermented. The resulting beverage is a sour, carbonated, slightly alcoholic drink. The consistency is similar to thin yoghurt. In fact, most commercially available American "kefir" lacks both carbonation and alcohol and is nothing more than liquid yogurt. Other places may have both alcoholic and non-alcoholic kefir.

Because of the small amount of alcohol in kefir, some believe that it is a hangover cure.

Why Kefir?

The common theme with GTK related gui builders seems to be drink related names. Kefir is a very healthy probiotic drink, which the main developer of Kefir makes at home and drinks frequently, so it seemed appropriate to use here. For more information, either visit Wikipedia or, Dominic N. Anfiteatro's kefir site