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Each brand of yogurt has different cultures and usually one yogurt contains a few different cultures. These cultures grow at different temperatures. LG21 grows at higher temperature (107°F - 113°F), while lactococccus (Caspian yogurt) grows at lower temperature.( 77°F - 90°F).


  • 3 to 5 tbsp. plain yogurt (whatever you buy at the store)
  • 3 cups milk [1]
  • a glass jar
  • a piece of tissue paper or cloth to cover and a rubber band
  • environment (around 104°F)
  1. Heat milk to lukewarm.
  2. Add plain yogurt and stir well.
  3. Cover with a piece of cloth and a rubber band. The bacteria has to breathe.
  4. Put the jar in the warm place like an oven. Keep the temperature around 104°F. It usually takes 4 hours to 10 hours depending on the temperature and the kind of culture.
  5. When it is ready, there could be a slight separation on the top like the photo.

  6. Before you mix in sugar, set aside 4 to 5 tbsp of yogurt and save it as the starter for the next batch.


[1] Use whole milk, 2% milk, or 1% milk. Nonfat milk is not recommended.

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