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Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2006 - 12:05am
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It's lightly fermented, but barely. And it's a tiny bit fizzy, but not with noticeable bubbles--more of a tang on the tongue.
I like to mix it with OJ and a bit of vanilla. Tastes like a creamsicle.
ygg

Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2006 - 3:31am
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ygg, what brand of vanilla extract do you buy? I'd love to find a gluten-free, soy-free kind.
It has crossed my mind that it would be a good idea to make my own Kefir---do the Kefir grains last for a long time? Does keeping them in a viable state take a lot of time and effort?

Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2006 - 5:34am
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Distilled alcohol is gluten-free, so I just buy whatever vanilla looks good to me.
I've never seen pure, organic vanilla which contained soy.
ygg

Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2006 - 6:27am
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I didn't know that the alcohol was okay--I thought that it could be from wheat. I'm happy that I can have vanilla again! I'll try your "creamsicle Kefir" idea--sounds good.
I did look into buying Frontier Naturals, which doesn't (or doesn't always) have alcohol in it---I can't remember exactly why the vanilla was objectionable or seemed so at the time. But I do know that Frontier Naturals adds vitamin E (=soy) to their lemon flavouring. So maybe there was a similar issue with their vanilla . . . or maybe it was because it contains glycerin (not sure whether glycerin is from soy or not . . .)

Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2006 - 8:11am
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Aye, I don't use frontier naturals. I can't do soy or wheat-derived vitamin E.
Distilled alcohol *can* be made from wheat, but gluten cannot pass through the distillation process. Distilled alcohol is absolutely gluten-free. If you're still not comfy, you can always make your own vanilla extract from potato vodka and vanilla beans.
ygg

Posted on: Wed, 10/18/2006 - 12:12pm
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I'm glad you cleared the alcohol issue up for me--I had just assumed that it wasn't safe. I'm really looking forward to buying vanilla flavouring again!

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