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What is Water Kefir?

Making water kefir at home doesn't have to be difficult - in fact, water kefir is one of the easiest beverages to make if you are just getting started culturing. You can learn to make homemade water kefir from our Cultures for Health team and other Real Food pros.

Whether you want to add a probiotic kick to your drink or are looking for some flavor inspiration, we have a wide selection of expert advice articles, how-to videos, and recipes to help you make water kefir at home. Browse our expert advice below and remember...you can do this!

Learn to Make Water Kefir at Home

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Quick Links and Definitions to Help You Get Started

Water Kefir is a probiotic beverage made with water kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter culture. Water kefir grains can be used to culture sugar water, juice, or coconut water. A powdered kefir starter culture may also be used to culture coconut water or fruit juice. 

Water kefir grains consist of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship. The term kefir grains describes the look of the culture only. Water kefir grains contain no actual "grains" such as wheat, rye, etc

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Browse all Expert Advice Articles

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Water Kefir for Beginners:  

Are you new to making water kefir? Learn everything from the origin of water kefir to how to make your own water kefir. You’ll be a water kefir expert in no time!

The Origin of Water Kefir

How to Activate Dehydrated Water Kefir Grains (VIDEO)

How to Make Water Kefir (VIDEO)

Water Kefir FAQ

Water Kefir Grains Troubleshooting FAQ

Choosing a Kefir Culture: Grains vs. Direct-set Starter

Composition of Water Kefir Grains: Bacteria & Yeasts

Choosing the Best Water Kefir Ingredients

Choosing Equipment for Making Water Kefir

 

Choosing a Water Source for Making Cultured Foods

How to Remove Water Kefir Grains from Kefir

10 Ideas for Flavoring Water Kefir

How to Take a Break from Making Water Kefir

Warm Weather Care for Starter Cultures

Cool Weather Care for Starter Cultures

Water Kefir: A Kid-friendly Beverage

Compare Milk Kefir with Water Kefir

Water Kefir vs. Kombucha

 

Advanced Water Kefir:

This section contains articles for those who are more experienced in making water kefir. Read everything from converting milk kefir grains into water kefir grains to bottling your own water kefir, and more!

Encouraging Water Kefir Grains to Multiply

Bottling Water Kefir

Composition of Water Kefir Grains: Bacteria & Yeasts

 

Water Kefir vs. Kombucha

Cultured Coconut

Converting Milk Kefir Grains into Water Kefir Grains  

 

Troubleshooting Water Kefir:

Stumped over something and need a little guidance? These articles will help you work through whatever water kefir issue you may experience.

Water Kefir Grains Troubleshooting FAQ

Encouraging Water Kefir Grains to Multiply

Rehabilitating Damaged Water Kefir Grains

 

 

 

Warm Weather Care for Starter Cultures

Cool Weather Care for Starter Cultures

Why Did My Kefir Soda Explode?

 

How-to Videos:

Take a look at these great how-to-videos about making water kefir. Learn how to make water kefir in a step-by-step video, and more!

How to Activate Dehydrated Water Kefir Grains (VIDEO)

How to Make Water Kefir (VIDEO)

 

How to Flavor Water Kefir (VIDEO)

Water Kefir Lemonade (VIDEO)

 

 

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