Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe in the Instant Pot (Da-Ua)

March 30, 2018Van
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Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 12 hours

Serves: 15 (6 oz Jars)

I have being eating Vietnamese Yogurt my whole life, my mom used to make this when I was a kid, she would make them in little baby food jars and cultured them in the oven.  It was always my favorite yogurt, I started making it myself 20 years ago – I first started by using the oven light method, but I got inconsistent results, so I moved on to a yogurt maker with great success.

This Vietnamese yogurt recipe is made using a fool proof no-boil method with Ultra Pasteurized milk.  This is a fun and easy recipe for kids to make, my daughters made this batch on their own.  If you can find Longevity Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk “GOLD” label version (Made in Holland) – it is the most delicious sweetened condensed milk and your yogurt will be extra thick and creamy.  I’ve been using Fairlife milk for a while because it’s higher in protein so it makes a very thick, custard textured yogurt.  If you want it closer to the traditional version, just use regular Ultra Pasteurized milk.

What makes Vietnamese Yogurt distinct?  Yogurt has been made for thousands of years, but Vietnamese people only started making yogurt a little over a century ago when it was introduced to them by the French during their occupation. There wasn’t fresh milk readily available in Vietnam so they used sweetened condensed milk, the yogurt would turn out sweet, tart and creamy. So the two things that make Vietnamese yogurt distinct is the use of sweetened condensed milk and incubating in single serving jars which protects the thick creamy texture.

This recipe will work with any yogurt maker.

Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe

You can also make the yogurt in these disposable popsicle bags (purchase here)
Instant Pot Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe

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Instant Pot Vietnamese Yogurt Recipe

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 12 hours
  • Serves: 15 (6 oz Jars)

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Ingredients

  • 7 Cups Ultra Pasteurized Milk, or a 52 Oz bottle of Fairlife Milk
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk, 14 oz
  • 1 Container Plain Yogurt with live active cultures, about ½ Cup

METHOD

  • 1)

    In a large bowl, add 1 cup of milk & sweetened condensed milk and mix well with a whisk, this step is important because it insures that you’ll end up with smooth yogurt.

  • 2)

    Add 1 container of plain yogurt and mix until it’s smooth and there are no more yogurt lumps.

  • 3)

    Pour in 6 Cups of Milk or the rest of the bottle of Fairlife, stir well, then use a ladle to transfer mixer into glass jars and seal the jars with a lid.

  • 4)

    Pour 1 Cup of water into the pot and stack the jars into the pot (you don’t need a trivet). If you’re using the popsicle bags, fill the bags, seal them and place them into the Instant Pot. Seal the Instant Pot lid, press the Yogurt setting (Normal/Med), and choose 12 hours (set it for 18 hours if you like it tart). Taste the yogurt and check if you like the tartness level, you can incubate it longer if you prefer your yogurt more tart (up to 24 hours).

  • 5)

    When your yogurt is done, place the jars in the refrigerator and let them chill for at least 4 hours. Enjoy!

Notes

*If you don’t want to use Ultra Pasteurized Milk, heat up your Raw or Pasteurized milk to 180°F on low heat, then let it cool to 110°F before mixing in the yogurt starter – use a kitchen thermometer to check the temperatures.

*If you are using twelve 4 oz jars, use 5 cups of milk, about 3/4 can of condensed milk and 3 Tablespoons Plain Yogurt with live active cultures.

*You can save 4 Tablespoons from this batch to make your next batch of yogurt – you can do this 2-3 times before needing to use a brand new starter.

 

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109 Comments

  • Kyri

    February 1, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    I’ve been making Vietnamese yogurt for a few years, but in the oven. I love it. My kids love it. More than any store bought yogurt (except for the Stoneyfield tubes, of course). I’m an IP newbie, and this was my first batch in the IP. Best batch EVER!!!
    I used my glass jars on the bottom, and then used the IP brand plastic cups with rack on top. (Horizon whole milk, Fage full fat and condensed milk) Jars were perfect after 12 hours. I had to put the plastic rack back in for 4 more hours. Then aren’t chilled yet, but I’m hoping they will turn out just as good!

    1. Van

      February 1, 2018 at 3:07 pm

      Hi Kyri, I’m glad you like the recipe. I wonder if the cups being plastic has anything to do with the yogurt not setting up at the same time as the glass ones or next time try stacking all the cups without the IP rack.

      1. Dung Nguyen

        December 29, 2018 at 12:15 pm

        Hi chi Van,
        Thank you for sharing your recipe. Do you add any water in the IP pot after stacking the cups? Thanks
        Dung

        1. Van

          December 30, 2018 at 2:05 am

          Hi Dung, you don’t need to add any water to the pot when you’re making yogurt. Hope you enjoy!

  • Thuy

    February 1, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Have you tried this recipe using half and half and the ultra pasteurized milk? Just curious if it’ll work out before I try a batch.

    1. Van

      February 1, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Thuy! Do you want to use half & half + milk in this recipe? I’ve done it before and it’s great! It will work if both are ultra pasteurized. If your half and half isn’t ultra pasteurized, the yogurt will still be delicious, it’s just not as thick.

  • Mimi

    March 1, 2018 at 5:49 pm

    Don’t have Yogurt option on my Lux IP. What do I use?

    1. Van

      March 1, 2018 at 6:17 pm

      Hi Mimi, check out this site for instructions on making yogurt with the Lux model: http://naturemoms.com/blog/2017/05/01/making-yogurt-lux-instant-pot/

      You’ll probably have better success making it directly in the pot instead of jars for this method.

  • Cindy

    March 5, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    In step 3, how much more milk do I add in?

    1. Van

      March 5, 2018 at 9:17 pm

      Hi Cindy, add 7 cups of milk or the rest of the bottle of Fairlife milk.

  • Hcbella

    March 7, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    Would it be possible to reduce the amount of condensed milk to reduce the sweetness but still keep the consistency? Thank you!

    1. Van

      March 7, 2018 at 5:31 pm

      Hi Hcbella, yes you can reduce the amount of condensed milk if you prefer, it shouldn’t change the texture much.

  • Elizabeth

    March 8, 2018 at 6:15 pm

    New to instant pots and I really want to make this Vietnamese yogurt. Could you clarify something for me? When you say “seal the lid” do you mean just put the lid on the instant pot or do you mean to set the pot to seal (pressurize)?

    Thank you in advance for your time…..

    1. Van

      March 8, 2018 at 6:40 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, you just have to put the lid on the Instant Pot and close it, you don’t have to set the knob to sealing. When you make yogurt the temp only gets to 115F max so it never comes to pressure, it’s just keeping the yogurt warm.

      1. Elizabeth

        March 9, 2018 at 2:13 pm

        Thank you, thank you, thank you for such a speedy reply…..I’ve got my instant pot loaded up and ready to go!

        1. Van

          March 9, 2018 at 2:32 pm

          You’re welcome! Hope you enjoy the yogurt!

  • Pauline

    March 9, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    I just made this with my 3 yr old daughter today and it’s in the instant pot. Can’t wait to see how it taste tomorrow! Thanks for sharing such an easy recipe for yogurt.

    1. Van

      March 9, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      Hi Pauline, thanks for trying it out! So cool that you had your daughter help you with it, my kids love helping in the kitchen as well, you guys will love it.

  • Elizabeth

    March 11, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    I made this and it is soooooooo good! Everyone in the house is loving it. That’s saying a lot because they don’t like yogurt. But now they do! Vietnamese yogurt has just the right balance of tart and sweet!

    1. Van

      March 11, 2018 at 2:06 pm

      Awesome to hear Elizabeth! Vietnamese yogurt is definitely my favorite yogurt, I eat it almost everyday. Thanks for giving my recipe a try!

  • Katrina

    March 12, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    How many ounces will your recipe make?

  • Katrina

    March 12, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    SORRY, just saw ur answer posted already

    1. Van

      March 12, 2018 at 9:13 pm

      No worries Katrina, I hope you enjoy the yogurt!

  • Kat

    March 13, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Once complete, do i have to put in the fridge immediately? Or will it naturally cool down for a few hours before I put in the refrigerator? Is this alright?

    1. Van

      March 13, 2018 at 7:42 am

      Hi Kat, you can do either, if you let it cool for a few hours that’s okay too – it will get a little more tart since it will continue to culture a little longer.

  • NamAn

    March 17, 2018 at 7:25 am

    Hi van .
    Có thể dùng nylon bags cho yogurt không ? And how to do that ?

  • Wanda

    March 25, 2018 at 9:04 am

    Hi Van. May I ask where you purchased the glass jars with the lids? Thank you.

    1. Van

      March 25, 2018 at 9:12 am

      Hi Wanda, I bought them on Amazon, here’s a link:

  • Tracey

    March 27, 2018 at 8:29 pm

    Hi,
    Can I make this with 8oz jars? And if so, what do I need to change to the recipe? Thanks in advance!

    1. Van

      March 27, 2018 at 9:04 pm

      Hi Tracey, 8oz jars work great, you don’t have to change anything with the recipe. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Cheryl

    March 28, 2018 at 8:46 am

    Hi Van, I have 8 oz Ball blue mason Jars that I purchased the Ball plastic storage lids for when I make batches of yogurt. Would it be ok to use the white plastic storage lids in the instant pot for this recipe? Thank you

    1. Van

      March 28, 2018 at 9:39 am

      Hi Cheryl, yes the plastic lids work great. They’re actually better than the metal ones because if you’re not careful with the metal lids, they can rust.

      1. Cheryl

        March 30, 2018 at 12:43 pm

        Thank you Van

  • Shirley

    March 29, 2018 at 11:56 pm

    Can this be made directly in the pot rather than using the individual jars? Thanks in advance!

    1. Van

      March 30, 2018 at 7:16 pm

      Hi Shirley, yes you can make this directly in the pot. Let it cool in the pot in the refrigerator for at least 4 hours before transfer the yogurt to another container. Hope you enjoy it!

  • Lynn

    April 4, 2018 at 6:15 am

    After 12 hrs I put in fridge I thought it was tart enough but it isn’t. Is it too late to fix it now?

    1. Van

      April 4, 2018 at 8:35 am

      Hi Lynn, it’s not too late, you can put it back into the Instant Pot & set it for a few more hours

  • Melvin

    April 7, 2018 at 2:40 pm

    Thanks for the recipe, Van!

    I’ve seen some yoghurt recipes that suggest sanitizing the jars first with boiling water and air drying. Do you ever do this? And if so, have you found this to make a difference?

    1. Van

      April 7, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      Hi Melvin, I don’t sanitize my jars, I just wash them well with dish soap and water and I never have any issues making yogurt in them.

  • Anna

    April 13, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Hi Van. The yogurt turned out so good. My mom had tears in her eyes at the first bite. “Taste of home,” she said. My kids, on the other hand, didn’t like the “jello” texture of the yogurt. They like the soft, runny-like consistency. What do I need to do or adjust to get the “American” texture, like those Yoplait brand. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes.

    1. Van

      April 13, 2018 at 5:07 pm

      Hi Anna, thank you so much for sharing the story about your mom, that’s really heartwarming. What type of milk did you use? Don’t use Fairlife if you don’t like it thick – just use another brand of Ultra Pasteurized milk, you can also try 6 Cups of Ultra Pasteurized Milk and 1 Cup of Water

      1. Anna

        April 14, 2018 at 6:31 pm

        I used Fairlife and followed the recipe. Thank you for the tip. I will try your suggestions for my next batch tomorrow.

  • Cynthia

    April 26, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    When you said “to seal the glass jars with a lid”, do you just put the lid on top or actually twist it shut?

    1. Van

      April 26, 2018 at 8:36 pm

      Hi Cynthia, I twist the lids to seal them, I hope you enjoy the recipe!

  • Sandra Wilkerson

    August 6, 2018 at 9:55 am

    My 1st batch, we love the texture and the taste. Not to tart and so easy to make. I have to say after being pestered by my hubby to make this ( I thought the whole thing was crazy and too difficult) I will never buy store bought again.
    Now that it’s been refrigerated can it be put back in instant pot to make it thicker?

    1. Van

      August 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm

      Hi Sandra, I’m glad you love it! You can put it back into the Instant Pot to make it more tart, but it won’t get thicker. The only way to thicken your yogurt at this point is to strain the whey, using something like this:


  • Elizabeth

    August 27, 2018 at 2:22 pm

    About how many 5oz jars will this make?

    1. Van

      August 27, 2018 at 3:31 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, you’ll get about 14 5oz jars from this recipe

  • Linda

    October 7, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Do you have to put the mason jars on the trivet or can they be put directly into the pot? Thanks!

    1. Van

      October 8, 2018 at 7:32 am

      Hi Linda, you just put them directly into the pot, you don’t need the trivet.

      1. Linda

        October 8, 2018 at 4:00 pm

        Thank you!

      2. Lan

        September 12, 2019 at 9:18 pm

        Oops, I didn’t use ultra pasteurized milk and didn’t heat up my regular pasteurized milk. It’s in the instant pot now… what’s going to happen??

        1. Van

          September 12, 2019 at 9:21 pm

          You’ll end up with drinkable yogurt, it will be pretty thin.

  • Tuyet

    October 15, 2018 at 12:46 am

    Thanks for the simple recipe. How long will these yogurt last in the fridge? I mean….when it will expire I guess.

    1. Van

      October 15, 2018 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Tuyet, you’re welcome! Homemade yogurt lasts about 10-14 days in the refrigerator.

      1. Kat

        May 26, 2019 at 12:11 pm

        Hi I accidentally used pasteurized milk and not ultra pasteurized. Will it turn out or do I have to start over.

        1. Van

          May 26, 2019 at 10:41 pm

          Hi Kat, if you use regular milk, you’ll end up with drinkable yogurt since the texture will be runny.

  • Kathy

    October 20, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Hi, How much water do you put in the instant pot? Do we need water at the bottom of the pot?

    1. Van

      October 20, 2018 at 1:11 pm

      Hi Kathy, you don’t need to add any water in the pot, just make sure your lid is sealed on the Instant Pot. Enjoy!

  • Vanessa

    November 10, 2018 at 3:28 pm

    Do you have the calorie count on this?

    1. Van

      November 11, 2018 at 3:37 am

      Hi Vanessa, sorry I don’t have a calorie count on this. You can easily figure it out by adding the calories for a can of condensed milk + the calories in the milk you used & divide it by how many jars you made.

  • Emily

    December 7, 2018 at 5:48 am

    I am trying this recipe out right now. Growing up I would have this yogurt frozen, should I chill in the fridge for 4 hours before I put it in the freezer? Or is it ok to go in the freezer right after the 12 hours in the instant pot?

    1. Van

      December 7, 2018 at 4:35 pm

      Hi Emily, you can put them straight into the freezer if you prefer it frozen. Hope you enjoy 😀

  • Kristine

    December 17, 2018 at 1:02 am

    What size IP did you use? I have a 6-qt IP and don’t think I’d be able to fit that many 6oz jars. Should I half your recipe?

    1. Van

      December 17, 2018 at 3:15 am

      Hi Kristine, yes you can easily make half if you can’t fit all the jars. Test by stacking the empty jars in your Instant Pot to see how many you can fit at once.

  • Katie

    January 8, 2019 at 10:54 am

    This yogurt is absolutely delicious! What size is the container of plain yogurt? I believe the previous version used 4 tbsp? A container seems like it will be a lot more. If so, will it make the yogurt more tart? Thanks!

    1. Van

      January 9, 2019 at 8:58 pm

      Hi Katie, about 5oz would be good. Yes, I increased the amount because it makes the yogurt more tart. I still have to incubate for 16-17 hours to get the right amount of tartness.

  • Elizabeth

    January 9, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    Love your site. My son actually enjoyed this yogurt and he’s really picky. Curious if I can still use this recipe but add some fruit preserve on the bottom. If I did, is there anything I would need to change?

    1. Van

      January 9, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Hi Elizabeth, so glad your son liked the yogurt! Yes, you can add fruit preserves to the bottom of the jar -there’s nothing you need to change.

      1. Celia

        January 27, 2019 at 10:11 am

        You can put the fruit preserves or jam in the bottom of the jar and pour the milk mixture on it to incubate?

        1. Van

          January 27, 2019 at 6:48 pm

          Hi Celia, yes you can put jam in the bottom of the jars. Enjoy!

  • Elizabeth

    January 9, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Where did you get the yogurt sleeves?

    1. Van

      January 9, 2019 at 9:02 pm

      I got them on Amazon, I found these BPA free ones:

  • Jennifer

    January 15, 2019 at 2:02 pm

    Hi! Do you actually stack the containers on top of each other in the pot? Do the top ones incubate the same as the bottom ones?

    1. Van

      January 15, 2019 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Jennifer, yes I stack the jars on top of eachother – the top ones incubate fine. Hope you enjoy!

  • Courtney

    February 3, 2019 at 5:42 am

    This yogurt came out so delicious! I stacked about 13 5oz jars (7 on the bottom and 6 directly on top of them). The bottom ones came out nice and thick, but the top ones came out more gloopy. Still tastes delicious, but prefer the jars on the bottom that came out thicker. Do you have any suggestions of how to get the top ones at the same consistency? Thanks so much for this awesome and easy recipe!

    1. Van

      February 9, 2019 at 6:49 pm

      Hi Courtney, did you incubate for the full 12 hours?

      1. Courtney

        February 21, 2019 at 5:25 am

        Thanks for your response. Yes, I had it on for the full 12 hours. Any suggestions? My family is loving the yogurt, but fighting over the thicker textured ones!

        1. Van

          February 21, 2019 at 5:31 am

          Hi Courtney, try adding a cup of water to your pot the next time. If you also want thicker yogurt, use Fairlife milk or Horizon Organic Protein Milk.

  • Jennie

    February 15, 2019 at 3:26 am

    Hello I tried to make this and after 12 hours it was still liquidy- what did I do wrong

    1. Van

      February 15, 2019 at 4:23 am

      Hi Jennie, did you use ultra pasteurized milk? Was the Instant Pot on the normal / medium Yogurt setting? Was your yogurt starter brand new?

  • Thao

    February 22, 2019 at 2:52 pm

    Hi! Thank you for sharing your recipe! I am excited to give it a try! May I ask, where do you find the gold label condensed milk? Thanks!!

    1. Van

      March 2, 2019 at 8:25 am

      Hi Thao, I got it at T&K Food Market in Westminster, CA. If you’re not in O.C., try checking your local Vietnamese market.

  • Thao

    March 8, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Hello,
    Can I use your recipe with normal pasteurized milk? Thank you

    1. Van

      March 8, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Thao, the recipe as it’s written won’t work with regular pasteurized milk – you’ll end up with liquid yogurt. You have to heat the milk to 185F, then let it cool to 115F and then add the yogurt starter. Be sure to use a thermometer to check the temps. Good luck!

  • Danni

    May 16, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Can I use honey instead of condensed milk?

    1. Van

      May 17, 2019 at 8:16 am

      Hi Danni, yes you can – about 1/2 cup of honey would work. It wouldn’t be Vietnamese yogurt though.

  • My

    May 17, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    Hi. I noticed your recipe changed from 4 tblsp of yogurt to the whole container. What does that change do to the yogurt? Does it make it thicker or anything? Just curious. I love the original recipe.

    1. Van

      May 19, 2019 at 1:23 pm

      Hi My, you are correct, the yogurt wasn’t turning out as tart as I like it with 4 tbs of yogurt, so I started using the full container and the flavor is much better.

  • Sylvie

    May 25, 2019 at 6:58 am

    Hi,
    Is it ok to use skim fairlife milk or it has to be whole milk? Also for yogurt starter, would any plain yogurt work? Thank you so much! This will be my first time trying making yogurt :). I have no experience what so ever.

    1. Van

      May 25, 2019 at 9:06 am

      Hi Sylvie, yes you can use skim milk, the texture will be thinner. As long as the yogurt has live active cultures, any brand will work – you will get different levels of tartness depending on the brand. This is a great recipe to start with since it’s pretty much fail proof – good luck!

  • Gwen

    May 25, 2019 at 7:12 am

    Hi Van,
    Thank you for sharing your recipes, could you tell me where did you buy the yogurt?

    1. Van

      May 25, 2019 at 9:04 am

      Hi Gwen, you’re welcome! I have been using Siggis yogurt recently as my starter, I’ve seen it at Target, Vons and Sprouts – if you can’t fine plain, vanilla works as well.

  • Kaitlyn

    May 28, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Can you use the plastic poly bags in the instant pot? I miss eating sua chua in the frozen baggies! wondering if it is doable in the instant pot. Thanks!

    1. Van

      June 3, 2019 at 9:00 am

      Hi Kaitlyn, yes you can – there’s a link to popsicle bags (BPA Free) I use at the bottom of the recipe.

  • Sylvie

    June 2, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Hi,
    is it recommended to use a brand new bottle of milk?

    Thanks,
    Sylvie

    1. Van

      June 3, 2019 at 8:59 am

      Hi Sylvie, an open bottle of milk works fine. Hope you enjoy!

  • Deanna

    June 17, 2019 at 7:11 pm

    Hi I was wondering if you don’t have an instant pot can we use a pot with boiling water ? I tried it the first time and it worked but the second time it was liquidity. Do you know why?

    1. Van

      June 17, 2019 at 11:19 pm

      Hi Deanna, there could be several reasons why it didn’t turn into yogurt. This recipe is a no boil recipe, so you really need something that will keep the temp around 115F the entire time – otherwise the yogurt doesn’t get warm enough. If you’re using boiling water in a pot, the temp could initially be too hot and kill the yogurt culture. If you want to try again, heat the milk to 115F, then add yogurt culture and place into an oven with the light on – you may still get inconsistent results without a yogurt maker

  • Karen

    July 13, 2019 at 7:42 pm

    Quick question I have an 8qt instant pot can i double this recipe and add the yogurt just in the pot? I need a lot of yogurt 🙂

    1. Van

      September 2, 2019 at 3:41 am

      Hi Karen, yes you can make it directly in the pot if you double the recipe. Enjoy!

  • Linh

    July 23, 2019 at 10:24 pm

    Hi, I cant find any ultra pasteurized milk in my area so I need to use the boil method. Do I need to boil the condensed milk with the whole milk or can i add it with the starter?

    1. Van

      July 24, 2019 at 9:08 am

      If you can find lactose free milk, that is usually ultra pasteurized. You don’t have to boil the condensed milk, just add it with the stater – hope you enjoy it!

  • Stephanie

    August 10, 2019 at 10:28 am

    Hi.
    I love home-made yogurt. I have an electric Power Cooker that does not have a yogurt button. Do you have any suggestions on how to make it without a yogurt button?

    1. Van

      August 17, 2019 at 11:39 pm

      Hello, sorry I’m not sure how to make it with a power cooker – you can get a yogurt maker for about $25-$30 that’s your best bet.

      1. Kim Ly

        September 13, 2019 at 6:35 am

        Hi! If I use the popsicle tubes do I add water to the instant pot prior or just place them in without water? Thanks in advance for your help!

        1. Van

          September 17, 2019 at 6:51 pm

          Hi Kim, you still need to add water to the Instant Pot.

  • Karen

    September 2, 2019 at 5:08 pm

    Can I double this recipe? Would it be the same cooking time?

    1. Van

      September 4, 2019 at 4:51 pm

      Hi Karen, yes you can double the recipe & keep the same incubation time.

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