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"Everything I hoped for"

Wow-I had no idea that water kefir was so easy to make. These grains re-hydrated so quickly and are making consistent batches of great-tasting kefir. Wish I'd ordered sooner-this is a great replacement for carbonated drinks-my children are enjoying the kefir mixed with a little grape juice.

- Holly

Water Kefir Grains

SKU: 5600
$16.99

Availability: In stock

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Description

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Water kefir grains (WKG) create a carbonated lacto-fermented beverage from sugar water, fruit juice, or coconut water. Incredibly easy to make, water kefir makes a fantastic non-dairy alternative to milk kefir and can be flavored to make a range of delicious beverages, or as an ingredient in many recipes!

  • This box contains 1 packet of traditional, heirloom-style water kefir grains.
  • Rehydration period of 3-4 days with unchlorinated, unfluoridated water and cane sugar is required before regular use.
  • Cultures on the counter at 68°-85°F.
  • Can be used to culture sugar water, fruit juice, and coconut water.
  • Reusable culture - makes up to 2 quarts water kefir with every batch.
  • Instructions for using this culture are included and may be found here.
  • Having trouble making water kefir? Browse our Water Kefir Troubleshooting Articles or contact us for assistance.

 

Water Kefir Grains Instructions and Troubleshooting

 

Ingredients

  • Organic sugar, live active cultures
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.

 

Allergen Information

  • Manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free

 

Shipping and Storage Information

Our water kefir grains are shipped in a dehydrated state in a barrier-sealed packet. The product keeps:

  • At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 12 to 18 months
  • In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 18+ months
  • In the freezer (0° to 25°F): not recommended

 

Additional Details About Water Kefir Grains

Water kefir grains can create a new batch of water kefir every 24-48 hours. One packet of grains can culture up to 8 cups of water. Finished water kefir (not grains) may be used to culture non-dairy milks, for a non-dairy milk kefir alternative.

 

Actual product may differ from image shown above.

 

       

 

Julie, CFH Founder

 

 

Why I Love This Product:

Water kefir is one of my favorite cultured foods. Water kefir is particularly easy to make; I generally spend about 5 minutes every 48 hours to make it. Since it's commonly made with sugar and water, it's also a very inexpensive beverage. While there are several types of cultures available for making kefir, I prefer to use water kefir grains because they are resusable and sustainable. As long as you care for them (it's simple!) they will continue to make batch after batch for you. Want to learn more about why I love my water kefir grains? Check out my blog post on the 10 Reasons Water Kefir is One of My Favorite FoodsJulie Feickert, CFH Founder

 

Reviews

229 Reviews For "Water Kefir Grains"

  1. Everything I hoped for

    by Holly on 02 Wed,2011

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    Wow-I had no idea that water kefir was so easy to make. These grains re-hydrated so quickly and are making consistent batches of great-tasting kefir. Wish I'd ordered sooner-this is a great replacement for carbonated drinks-my children are enjoying the kefir mixed with a little grape juice.

  2. The Grain that Keeps on Giving!

    by Granola Mom 4 God on 02 Fri,2011

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    I have had my Water Kefir Grains from Cultures for Health for over a year now. I followed the directions and have even begun to experiment quite a bit with flavors and carbonating. These grains are productive, forgiving, and produce a beverage that has become a favorite by all members of our family -- ages 2, 4, 6, 32, and 34! Great stuff!

  3. Great and they keep giving

    by Tullebelle on 05 Mon,2011

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    I have had Kefir water grains for 5 years and have never had to buy a new start. Great probiotic!

  4. Absolutely wonderful!!

    by Jessica on 06 Sun,2011

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    I really love this product... what can I say, it tastes great, it's super easy to make, the grains rehydrated perfectly,my kids love it and it makes us healthier : )

  5. easy and awesome

    by firechicksf on 06 Wed,2011

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    Healthy plump little guys and girls once Rehydrated.Produced excellent results. 5 batches later and they have at least tripled in quantity. Easily processing a gallonevery 48 hours! I love my babies!

  6. [email protected]

    by Kathryn on 12 Wed,2011

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    I have the pickiest eaters in history and they literally fight (I mean we actually had to pull them apart) over the kefir. We use a little organic apple juice concentrate to make a fizzy juice and it is delicious!

  7. Awesome!

    by Kiki on 07 Sat,2012

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    When I realized how much money I was spending buying Kevita kefir water at store, upwards of $125 a month I decided to try my own. I am more than pleased. I don't care for plain kefir water, so after two days of setting I then mix 1:4 ratio of fruit juice and let it set in recycled Kevita bottles another 3-4 days. Incredible "soda". I have been able to get my husband off of Coke Zero and onto this and that is a miracle. I've only just started and I do so hope my grains multiply. Would be interested in anyone who has tried coconut. I am wondering how to make coconut water kefir if green coconuts aren't available.

  8. Amazing!

    by Lisa on 09 Mon,2012

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    It is often very difficult for people to get enough probiotics into their diet. This is a wonderful way to help with that! I love to flavor my water kefir with fresh squeezed lemon and it tastes like lemonade. My kids LOVE it as well! They ask for it every single day! These grains have lasted me about a year so far and are as good as ever! This culture is easy to maintain and I save TONS of money by making this at home rather than purchasing it at a store! I love it! I own many different products that I have purchased from Cultures for Health and I love them all. They offer high quality products and have excellent customer service. I recommend this website and their products to people every chance I get!

  9. Wow! My new pet!

    by Henny on 11 Tue,2012

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    I am very new to water kefir, but I watched the video here and have been reading 'Nourishing Traditions' so I dived right in and got some. (If you are hesitant, just do it - you won't regret it!)
    I am totally hooked! I've been making a few fun recipes and trying out my own little twists. My grains are multiplying very happily . So far I have made "ginger beer", "creaming soda" and "lemonade" - love them all. I never did like the fake sodas in the stores. They always tasted overly sweet and chemically to me, so knowing these are wholesome and delicious makes me love it even more.
    I love tending to my grains. They are really easy, but it is somehow very satisfying to care for them, a bit like gardening. I'm still trying to find a water kefir recipe my kids like, so may play around with juices next. My kids love fruity milk kefirs, but we have a lot of milk sensitivities so I want to wean them over to the water kefir a bit more. I'm sure there is a recipe out there that will work for us.
    Thank you Cultures for Health!

  10. Fabulous

    by Debs on 12 Wed,2012

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    IncredibLe product- so easy to make, tastes delicious and loving experimenting with flavors- thank u!!!

  11. I'll be back

    by Jan on 01 Thu,2013

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    The Cultures for Health website is my first experience with purchasing and growing my own cultures. As a newbie, I did have questions and clicked on your 'live chat' button, never expecting anyone to actually be there. I had a great conversation, learned a little more, and felt blessed to have found some old fashioned customer service!
    So far, I'm enjoying my water kefir with different flavors and have experimented with various sugars. I certainly have no reason to go anywhere else when I decide to learn more and move on to other products.










  12. all good

    by sal on 01 Thu,2013

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    Received the order of dehydrated grains very quickly, grains were in good condition, re-hydrated according to instructions provided and the grains are thriving!

  13. Excellent!

    by ZenMomma on 05 Sat,2013

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    I have been very pleased with my Water Kefir Grains. They rehydrated well and activated rather quickly for me. I've been using turbinado sugar with about a teaspoon of blackstrap molasses to feed them in 2 quarts of hard well water. I leave the grains to ferment for 48 hours on my kitchen counter. It's been just over two weeks since I had the first batch of water kefir ready, and my grains are bubbling and I think may have even multiplied a bit. :) I prefer the water kefir after the first fermentation. I've tried using fruit juice or dried fruit for a second ferment, and I just don't care for it as much. My family thinks the water kefir after the first ferment tastes a bit like weak slightly sweetened tea.

  14. We love our water kefir

    by Nancy on 10 Sat,2013

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    We have fallen in LOVEwith water kefir. We bottle up 20 EZ Cap bottles a week. This was my first adventure into fermenting anything and it was so easy. We do a second fermentation with grape juice. We ordered a second batch of grains to double our out put so we can more each day and some to share.

  15. Arrived promply, re-hydrated quickly, producing great kefir after the second batch.

    by Deanna on 10 Tue,2013

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    I ordered kefir grains from your company once before about two years ago. Wasn't able to get the grains to be active. Blamed it on my living situation which was sketchy. So, I ordered again recently. This batch works great. My husband and I REALLY enjoy this daily fermented beverage. My guts like it too.

  16. I love my Water Kefir Grains!

    by janfit on 10 Thu,2013

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    My happy, healthy Water Kefir Grains continually give me a very nutritional drink. It puts me in a good mood every time I drink it. They keep multiplying too!
    Thank you for your product and information!

  17. Wow! Water Kefir at home!

    by msephton on 11 Tue,2013

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    I had never had water kefir before. Goat's milk kefir yes, water kefir, no. Once I found Julie's wonderful site though, I thought I'd give it a try. I'm HOOKED! I used to drink cider vinegar and honey, but water kefir does more and tastes WAY better! My water kefir grains doubled, so I made 3 1/2 qts every 48-72 hours. Then I gave some to a friend, and I'll soon have enough to add another quart back in the mix. Wonderful, beneficial, living probiotics! I am very careful to keep my grains well fed because I couldn't live well without them.

  18. Outstanding

    by Deb on 11 Sat,2013

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    Easy, economical, and a fabulous soda, flavors only limited by your imagination.

  19. This Product is Wonderful!

    by A Daughter of the King on 11 Thu,2013

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    I am new to cultures. So far I've mastered Greek yogurt and water kefir. The water kefir process is so simple to do, though it takes some explaining, which the insert in the box does very well. I love CFH!

  20. Great Product

    by Trav on 11 Fri,2013

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    I love that we can do this at home. We don't need to buy any more probiotic pills and don't need to waste money on expensive probiotic drink mixes. Great product, 5 out of 5!

  21. Water kefir

    by Regina on 11 Mon,2013

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    I found this site off of a blog I was reading and decided to give the water kefir a try. My kids already love milk kefir...which is insanely expensive at the grocery store, especially with how fast my kids would drink it. I have only just started the water kefir about a month ago. Was very easy to rehydrate and has been producing a quart every 48 hours. The lemonade had been a giant hit with my kids. I have also tryed apple juice, cherry juice and am brewing ginger beer. This is a great alternative to pop, plus has no artificial ingredients. Hope my water kefir grains start multiplying soon.

  22. Very Happy!

    by deb on 11 Tue,2013

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    The water kefir grains were shipped promptly, they were packaged very nicely, came with good instructions and the price was good.

    I was so excited to rehydrate the kefir grains, so I could get started, that I didn't let my water cool down to room temperature thinking it may not matter. Well, I killed the kefir grains. :( So, I will re-order and try again. I will be more patient and follow the important step of letting the water cool down to room temp.

    Also, want to say that customer service is great and last night I watched the You Tube video on how to rehydrate and how to start water kefir. Very helpful and well done! I know I will be successful with my new kefir grains!! :)

  23. Excellent quality!

    by Jaeric on 11 Fri,2013

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    Great customer service and product.

  24. Great Grains

    by Sue on 12 Tue,2013

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    Very easy to use and love the results. I have purchased many products from C for H
    and I have always been pleased with the service and quality of their products. Happy Customer!

  25. Very happy so far

    by Theresa on 12 Mon,2013

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    I am still learning and experimenting. Since I really am off sugar I am trying to use Coconut Nectar instead of sugar. So far so good. I only activated half of the grains and make smaller batches-----just in case my grains don't do well. When I need to rest them in between batches I will use the sugar and store them in water in the fridge. I will keep you posted.


    Note from CFH Support: For the health of the grains if choosing to use coconut nectar, we recommend using it in combination with cane sugar.

  26. Water Kefir grains, milk kefir grains, sourdough starter and Grolsch bottles.

    by Jodie on 12 Mon,2013

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    Everything is great! I appreciated the customer support as well! The bottles are good quality and fabulous for making fizzy kefir soda. I'm giving water kefir grains to family for Christmas this year. Thanks!

  27. Very good

    by Sue on 12 Tue,2013

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    I knew nothing about water kefir, I watched as many you tubes as I could, read everything I could find. Went to the health food stores and checked out what they had to offer, this was much better priced than they were. I have been doing the water for a few weeks now so I am still pretty new to it. I haven't gotten the 'soda' down yet. I have used evaporated cane crystals, coconut palm sugar and honey, the cane crystals have done the best. Mine have doubled but not much else, it might be too cold in our house:)

    Note from CFH Support: We do not recommend using honey for culturing water kefir.

  28. Great product.

    by Lucy on 12 Mon,2013

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    Worked exactly as stated. Being dairy-free makes the water kefir so necessary to successful fermenting.

  29. Love them

    by Carrie on 12 Mon,2013

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    I'd never had water kefir before, and I thought I would give it a try and ship the grains along with my kombucha starter (which I'm still waiting on it to rehydrate)... I was so pleasantly surprised by how easy the water kefir was to make and how yummy it tastes! My husband does not like kombucha, and was expecting the worst when he gave my pomegranate water kefir a try - and he really liked it! I'm even able to get my daughter to drink the water kefir lemonade. I'm hoping the kombucha works as well as the water kefir has... we'll be a probiotic happy family over here!

  30. An exciting new venture for me!

    by Johanna on 12 Mon,2013

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    I'm new to fermented foods, but I love the ease of making water kefir. I've just tried adding fresh lemon juice and I love the lemonade it makes! With all the news about the importance of probiotics, I know that I'll be making this lemonade for a long time. I truly appreciate how easy it is to get advice using the live chat. Thank you for all your help and for such a fine product!

  31. Easy to make and palatable.

    by Chrissy on 12 Sat,2013

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    This has worked out nicely. Took about 3 times before the culture was working to it's full potential. I mix it with apple juice when it's done and we all like it. My 4 year old tells me she likes mommy's special juice better that any other kind. This is the 2nd culture of this that I have bought. I used the other one for quite a while but I forgot to change the brew for 4 days once and it got a funky smell and taste to it so I had to pitch it. The toughest part about making this is remembering to do it every other day. It's excellent

  32. 5 stars all the way around

    by SuzyQ23 on 12 Sat,2013

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    I bought the water kefir grains not knowing anything about them.

    I did not know what to expect regarding the taste, I have not been disappointed, I love it! .

    Thank you so very much for the instructions and video. I am so glad that I found your website.

  33. Awesome!

    by Traveler on 12 Tue,2013

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    I purchased water kefir grains approximately 2 1/2 weeks ago and have been consistently surprised at how well they have rehydrated and performed! I started with the 'lemonade' water kefir and have been delighted with the flavor! I'm also doing a second ferment with home grown blackberries and am expecting a wonderful blackberry "soda" to enjoy in just few more days!

    I was accustom to using milk kefir grains, but wanted to not drink so much milk now, yet still needed to have the extra probiotics.

    Thank you for such a high quality product!

  34. Love it!!!

    by Cindy in OH on 01 Thu,2014

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    Working on my 3rd batch right now. 1st batch was pretty sweet after 48 hours. 2nd batch not as sweet. 3rd batch still losing some sweetness which suits me just fine.

    The odor is heavenly. I'm the only one drinking so no problem going through a quart in 2 days.

    The only problem is my poor mind. I see that pretty tea color and have to focus on water, sucanat, grains NO tea involved!!!

    Very easy to prepare using 3 quart jars, one with finished water kefir, one to pour into/strain out grains, one with sugar/water waiting for the grains.

    Thanks Cultures for Health your the best.

  35. Fantastic

    by Nancy on 01 Sat,2014

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    Easy, delicious and so easy. It is a delicious treat and keeps me from eating those foods that I shouldn't . Great service as well!

  36. A delicious and fun product

    by Myrna on 01 Sat,2014

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    I've been making water kefir for a few weeks. It is fun and easy to do.
    I really like the results of a secondary ferment with some type of tart fruit juice.
    It is very fizzy after the second ferment.
    Winter is cold in Minnesota, so I keep my fermenting water kefir warm with a seedling warming mat.

  37. Excellent so far

    by Bill on 01 Tue,2014

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    Was ease to get started with product. Grains have already increased even though I've only made kifer with them four times. I've only used lemons to flavor so far and it taste fantastic. I can't make any great claims about the health benefits. It's a prevention thing for me. Thankfully I'm not sick. Thanks for an excellent product.

  38. love them!

    by nk on 01 Fri,2014

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    I am completely satisfied with this product. I have had my grains for a year and a half and they are still going strong. I haven't tried the soda but my family enjoys it with flavored tea bags and different types of juice.

  39. Active Grains!

    by Alex on 01 Mon,2014

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    Rehydration went very well. The grains are alive,happy and producing nice water kefir. I am pleased.

  40. A versatile product and a great way to learn!

    by Dana on 01 Mon,2014

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    I started with water kefir to learn about how to culture and give my family a probiotic beverage. There has been some trial and error, but with the help of the Cultures for Health online support, it is a satisfying success! I am using my water kefir to make GF sourdough starter, and I am now culturing coconut water. The value is fantastic since the kefir grains multiply.

  41. Great products!!

    by Lisa on 01 Mon,2014

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    Very good directions and I love making and sharing the water kefir. It's so easy and inexpensive. I just orderd milk kefir grains and some more water kefir grains for my daughter. I am so happy you offer great products at a great price! Your website is terrific also, thank you!!

  42. Water Kefir

    by lovethebeach on 01 Thu,2014

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    I have tried a couple of batches and love the results. But I haven't been able to get the carbonation going, I know I must be doing something wrong so I am going to keep trying. My favorite so far is adding fresh ginger and lemon juice, so yummy and refreshing!


    Note from CFH Support: Try these links! http://www.culturesforhealth.com/bottling-kombucha-and-water-kefir and http://www.culturesforhealth.com/ten-ways-to-flavor-water-kefir

  43. So simple, so good!

    by Kristy on 02 Tue,2014

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    I was excited to find a way of getting probiotics into our systems in a drink form. Several of us have milk sensitivities and so milk kefir was not an option. This drink is delicious when mixed with lemons after I strain the kefir grains out and then I let it ferment a few more days. We can't keep enough on hand but hopefully as my grains multiply I'll be able to do more at a time. Thanks for a wonderful product

  44. I LOVE Cultures for Health customer service!

    by Katherine on 02 Fri,2014

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    I ordered the kombucha starter kit, the milk kefir starter kit, and water kefir grains all at the same time. My kombucha is still in the rehydration phase. I decided to go with water kefir in order to avoid dairy products. The professional, simple, attractive, and artful packaging caught my eye immediately, and the fact that the package arrived so quickly. Whoever put together the instruction booklet knew exactly how to compile a direct, clear, easy to read set of instructions. Over the last few weeks, I have had several questions come up as I am making continual batches of water kefir. Customer support has provided a wealth of information for me, including personal tips from individual support personnel and links to pertinent articles. Their help means the world to me in being successful with this entire endeavor. Thank you Cultures for Health!

  45. Doesn't get easier than this!

    by Alezohn on 02 Tue,2014

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    I love water kefir. It's so easy, fast and full of probiotics! I love having it around all the time now, and just adding bits of fruit (dried goji berries were excellent, so were freezedried raspberries). I just made fresh coconut kefir as per the indications suggested by one of your customer service reps and it was awesome!

  46. 000

    by pumpkin on 02 Wed,2014

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    These are perfect. My mom gave me some of hers she ordered a year or more ago and it was up to a gallon every other day but I needed more. I've not had any problems. We just love our water kefir!

  47. Great

    by Franl on 02 Sun,2014

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    Very easy to use. I am experimenting with different fruit juices to add to the kefir. Fun!

  48. Great

    by Sue on 02 Tue,2014

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    The grains were happy and healthy and have been working their little heart out for me. Thanks for putting such good quality product out there.

  49. Great product and so easy to use!

    by Carmen on 02 Wed,2014

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    We are loving the water kefer made with CFH grains. It was so simple to get started and now that we've got a rhythm, we're on a roll with our daily drinks. Our favorite so far is kefir water over ice with fresh lemon squeezed in. We're looking forward to trying other flavors. Thanks for such a lovely product!

  50. Great!!!

    by Dona on 02 Thu,2014

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    I was making water kefir about 2 years ago and loved it. Then we took an extended trip and the water kefir grains went out the back door. Now I'm back to making water kefir and love it. This time the grains rehydrated very quickly!!! I will be able to either use a half a gallon jar or share my grains anytime now!!!

  51. Great Product

    by Saphron on 03 Wed,2014

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    Great product and so easy. Absolute value as they can be used over and over. Works well with the continuous brew method. Cultures for Health is a great company with terrific customer service...promptly and completely answering my e-mailed questions.

  52. kefir grains

    by Gloria on 03 Thu,2014

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    The grains finished hydrating, and are brewing the first batch. I'm sure the kefir will be perfect. Everything I've recieved from Cultures for health has been top notch. I recommend your web site when ever the subject of healthy foods comes up. I especially like the live chat, all my concerns have been answered and everyone has been so nice. Thank you

  53. I really enjoy the water kefir.

    by susari on 03 Mon,2014

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    This is about the third batch of Water Kefir Grains I have had and only due to my not taking care of them. When I do take care, I get batch after batch of great kefir. I like to put a little tart cherry juice concentrate in mine for a delicious drink and healthy too.

  54. Works great!

    by Red on 03 Thu,2014

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    Just as advertised, works great!

  55. Great Customer Service

    by Alice on 03 Fri,2014

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    I had a difficult time getting my water kefir grains to get started. Jerri from Cultures for Health gave me some tips on not letting my Kefir grains get to cold as well as trying a different sugar like Sucanat. It has taken about a month, but now the grains are multiplying, getting bubbly and working great. I almost gave 3 stars for price because I'd prefer getting my cultures from friends for free or working out a trade, but then I realized this beverage is a true cost savings over soda and fruit drinks! Thank you Jerri!

  56. Love!

    by Maura on 03 Fri,2014

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    I am so happy that I started making my own water kefir! This is the only way that I can drink the amount that my body craves without going broke! LOL I have only had my grains for about 2 months, but I have already been able to divide and share grains with a friend!

  57. so far I like it.

    by Yodie on 03 Sat,2014

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    I am surprised, I like fermentation and plan to learn more. This seems to be a good product.

  58. So good!

    by Sarah on 03 Wed,2014

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    I've been making water kefir since my package arrived a week and half ago, adding the juice of a lemon for a second ferment. It's delicious! Even my kids love it. Thank you so much! The instructions were clear, and I love that the booklets are available online.

  59. Excellent!

    by TeahLeah on 03 Thu,2014

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    Making water kefir to produce my own fizzy kefir juice is wonderful and simple! The instructions are easy to follow and the grains are of good quality. I am very happy!

  60. Health And Savings, All In One

    by Robert on 03 Sat,2014

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    I have been into probiotics for several years now. Usually on and off. I would buy some drinks or capsules when I could afford it. I am not into milk, yogurt etc. and so I got the water kefir grains. This is a fantastic alternative to dishing out big money for overpriced yogurt or little bottles of sugary drinks. A true win:win. The kefir grains I received are working as advertised. I am using organic sugar and a pinch of organic sea salt with filtered water to start with. I add some kefir water to some 100% fruit juice with no added sugars and enjoy. There is no other product on the market that requires that you only purchase it once and gives for generations to come. I am also very impressed with the videos, they are informative and made working with kefir grains easy for an amateur like me. And, as most, I look forward to trying different fruits and juices to make my kefir with. I'm sure I will be purchasing other products from Cultures For Health.

  61. Water Kefir Grains

    by Alicia on 03 Wed,2014

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    Started making water kefir beginning of this year. So far... very good!
    Customer service is excellent. I had a few questions (when I thought things didn't seem to be going well with the grains,) they were answered promptly and was able to solve my concerns. Grains up an running now really good!
    Will be returning loyal customer as I learn more and get into more fermented foods. Orders were shipped fast. Thank you for your services!!!

  62. Stress-free and great results

    by Jason on 03 Wed,2014

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    Was a little hesitant as a first-timer, and living in a cooler climate (Michigan), but I'm making some really tasty water Kefir! Followed the directions for rehydration and had no problems at all. Fantastic instructions in the box (and on-line!) - already feel like a pro. Thanks, Cultures For Health!

  63. Water Kefir Grains

    by Laura on 03 Thu,2014

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    Love this product! A great probiotic that tastes great too!

  64. Easy peasy :)

    by Lisa on 03 Thu,2014

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    $16.99 might seem like a lot to pay for a box of dried water kefir grains, but it's actually a small price to pay for the fun of making your own tasty and nourishing water kefir. Water kefir is truly easy to make and so worth the small amount of effort. We enjoy the flavor best after adding a teaspoon of real vanilla or fruit extract to each quart, although my 15 year old son enjoys water kefir plain. :)

  65. Love kefir! Can't get enough

    by Jennifer on 03 Fri,2014

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    I am fighting MS and have begun a new diet protocol to improve my health. This protocol includes the addition of probiotic beverages like kefir. I love it, and now the whole family drinks it. I had to order more grains so I could make larger batches! Cultures for Health is a great company with which to do business. The delivery comes very quickly and the products are always top quality!(By the way, I have ordered other stuff as well as kefir grains from CFH)Will be ordering again and again!!

  66. Fast

    by Dee on 03 Sat,2014

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    I ordered this kefir grains and it came in a timely manner. The grains activated pretty fast. Any beginner can get started with confidence with this product.

  67. quick, easy, nutritious,versatile

    by Fay on 03 Sun,2014

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    I am so glad to have these wonderful organisms. It is so much easier and cleaner to work with than milk kefir (although I will never stop making milk kefir). I have lactose intolerance in my household and this works so much better for them. I can use the water kefir as a base for other drinks, I can add ginger or turmeric to the base for cleansing and such. A great investment. I even talk to them, after all they are living organisms!

  68. absolutely the finest company, "Cultures for Health" , products,advice,educating buyer,Excellent

    by chorney on 04 Wed,2014

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    Sharon Kane,gluten free sourdough baker, introduced me to Cultures for Health.
    Sharon Kane is top drawer! Cultures for Health is stellar,top drawer, exceeding a
    plus ten, if a scale of 1-10, is a gauge for measurement. The items purchased from
    the products displayed are superb quality and include directions . The explanations
    and the questions most frequently asked, if not available with the instructions, are
    a phone call away, or comments via email! 100% success ! Also, information
    is generously and respectfully shared . Word of mouth, food for thought, how to
    learn. Ways and Methods to create Wellness!

  69. interesting product

    by Laurelei on 04 Mon,2014

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    I was not even sure what water kefir was but needed it for an applesauce recipe. Turns out, it is a lovely beverage too! Easy to use and maintain.

  70. So glad I discovered water Kefir

    by annroberts on 04 Wed,2014

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    My sister in law always made milk kefir and except for using it in smoothies, I did not care for it much. Never heard of water kefir. But when I did, I jumped right in. We love it. I do my 2nd ferment with 2 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon organic cranberry concentrate. I am trying other flavors but I am betting most of them will involve lemon. My grains have already grown enough to use 5 cups of water instead of the base amount of 1 qt. We drink it daily and can't wait til we have enough to drink a larger glass at a time.

  71. Thank you Cultures For Health

    by Annie on 04 Thu,2014

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    Water Grains started right up. I really appreciate "Cultures For Health". They have educated me and given me so many free recipes, plus delicious ways to get my daily probiotics. No more buying expensive probiotic pills!

  72. easy to be healthy

    by ph on 04 Thu,2014

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    Really like that it's a probiotic drink (no pills); it's easy to keep up the live culture and it tastes great with one freshly squeezed organic lime.

  73. Great

    by Tina on 04 Wed,2014

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    Thanks, it's been easy and good!

  74. easy for a beginner like me

    by akipan on 05 Fri,2014

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    water = check
    sugar= check

    mix it together in with a kiefer and let it set and tadaa---
    a cheap and healthy beverage to be served

  75. Great Compant, Great Product!

    by Rebecca on 05 Fri,2014

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    Very happy with water kefir purchase!! Excellent customer service too! Every time I've had a question, live chat is super easy and the customer service I receive is great! Water kefir tastes great. My picky 7 year old son even asks for it to drink! Wonderful!!

  76. Great fun and a delicious healthy drink!

    by RonB on 05 Sun,2014

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    They plumped right up and have been going strong since.
    What is amazing is that in just a few days we get to taste a real treat. I've been experimenting with flavors and different sugars. I alternate experiments with the provided recipe to give the grains a little R&R. I use organic cane sugar and a tsp of organic black strap molasses as my base.

    So far I've made water kefir with pure dried malt extract,(tastes a little like a beer) brown rice syrup, coconut water, coconut sugar and organic apple juice. I add any flavorings at bottling time. Our favorites are "Ginger ale" made with Brown rice syrup and the regular sugar base with vanilla for a nice "Cream soda". But all are really good...and some very interesting...in a fun way!

    I highly recommend the water kefir grains from Cultures for Health! So easy, so fast, so tasty and so good for you. And it's really been fun.

    Cheers! RonB

  77. Very happy with my grains

    by Abbie on 05 Sat,2014

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    Very happy with my water kefir grains. Lots of support on the site helped me feel confident I was doing everything right. Now after only four ferments my grains are happy and have multiplied so much I am ready to share with my friends!

  78. Excellent

    by johnclark on 05 Tue,2014

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    Great packaging,fast service.....All grains arrived and worked the first day....
    Will order more for friends...

  79. What a prize!

    by Fay on 05 Fri,2014

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    These little babies are great. A wonderful way to get good bacteria on a daily basis. My family is mostly intolerant to dairy and the milk kefir I had been making does not work for them. These babies were easy to get going, the instructions were easy as eating pie. I have had them going since they were re-hydrated. I usually add some fresh lemon juice or grate some ginger or turmeric root (or all three) and let it steep in the kefir water in the fridge after I strain it and start a new batch for anyone to have a real cool, healthy, and refreshing drink whenever they want.Fabulous!

  80. Amazing!

    by KMM on 05 Mon,2014

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    I am brand new to water kefir (I love milk kefir but can't have dairy right now). I had a few questions about starting and contacted customer service and they were amazing. I felt like they genuinely cared about helping me! Thanks to you guys, I have been brewing my water kefir for 2 weeks now. I am still getting used to the taste but I think I have the process down pat now. I already have my eye on other cultures from you guys :)

  81. Love it love it everyday!

    by Boni on 05 Mon,2014

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    So love coming home to a refreshing tasty drink I can make my self for pennies!! Thank you-

  82. Grandkiddos love the fizz and flavor

    by Connie on 05 Wed,2014

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    To begin with, my culture multiplied when I activated the starter so I was able to share grains with a friend. I've been flavoring our kefir with blackberry, grape, lemon juice/lime juice and the grandkiddos love it all. We've also used vanilla/maple which is a favorite.

    I purchased Grolsch bottles from a local brewery and the kiddos love the explosion when we open a bottle and the fizz when they drink:)Great fun!

  83. Love it!

    by chris on 05 Fri,2014

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    Love the water kefir grains. It is so much fun to think of different combinations. Especially love the support and all the info available from Cultures for Health.

  84. Why Was I So Late to the Party??

    by DrK on 06 Tue,2014

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    As a doctor, I'm always looking for options to share with my patients. I'm only disappointed I didn't find out about water kefir earlier! It's been so much fun making various "sodas," which have significantly helped people wean off the nasty stuff all while getting an easy introduction to the world of fermentation. I love it! So far I've made cherry vanilla, ginger lemon and blueberry and I'm so excited to explore more flavors! These cultures are quality. Even in a cold kitchen, my water kefir is ready in a day. Thanks to. Nourished Kitchen for recommending this great product! I recommend it daily.

  85. Wow! Perpetual water kefir!

    by Kim on 06 Thu,2014

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    Very pleased with the grains I received. Was using whey to carbonate beverages but these grains are amazing at creating effervescent and nutritious beverages. The initial sip my 16 year old took of the bubbly concord grape juice was "No way don't like it" but then she immediately to a second reflexive sip and proclaimed, "I love this!" :) Yes it is possible to make healthy sodas that also deliver essential probiotics.
    THANK YOU Cultures for Health!!!

  86. Great product!

    by Texasred on 06 Mon,2014

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    This product is very easy and affordable, saved my gut!

  87. Awesome!

    by Theresa on 06 Thu,2014

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    Product arrived when they said it would; I was able to track it from the time it was shipped; It was everything they said it was and I have been growing excellent water kefir since! This stuff is great!!!

  88. Great works every time

    by JOHN RICKETTS on 06 Mon,2014

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    Easy DIY instructions condition excellent healthy Grains, rehydrate first time 2 days, 4 batches in two weeks. Let grains rest with plain sugar water and drop of Concen Trace Drops 2 Days, rinsed and back to another batch.This time added Brown Sugar, Black Strap molasses and they are off and running. Fun watching them grow,creating bubbles, and float back to bottom when disturbed. Like they are in military formation. Now if i could get them to multiply better for bigger batches and more Co2 fizz. Next will try Kombucha Tea. Just having a blast growing Kefir Water and talking with friends and acquaintance big smile, people are amazed to hear me talk about and show them the results and steps of Kefir Water and Grains...Thanks you all for sharing, John

    Note from CFH: Please contact customer support for help for assistance with any issues or challenges, including increasing carbonation.

  89. Completely and awesomely satisfied

    by Annie on 06 Tue,2014

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    I love the products. I have made lemonade, limeade, and coconut kefir...easy and delicious!

  90. Good Quality But Not Being Received Well

    by Cynthia on 06 Thu,2014

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    For some reason my daughter isn't going for the water kefir as I had hoped. But I will continue to try different flavorings and see if I can win her over.

  91. Kefir Water grains

    by Carol on 06 Thu,2014

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    This is Great! I love the kefir water, and it is easy to make. Experimenting with different flavors is fun. My grandkids love it, too.

  92. Love my water kefir!

    by Patrice Farmer on 07 Thu,2014

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    I can't imagine being without my water kefir. I am so happy that something so easy can be healthy.

  93. Loving it

    by Kefir girl on 07 Wed,2014

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    I am so enjoying making my water kefir. Cultures for health have been there for me to help me if I had any questions. They are simply wonderful to work with and I will continue to purchase other products with them. I am a loyal customer now for sure. I am still in the learning stages but I know this will always be in my kitchen along with other healthy foods that Cultures for Health provide. Thank you,Thank you!!!!
    Vicki

  94. Love it

    by Pat on 07 Mon,2014

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    I decided to try this product because I didn't want to keep taking over the counter probiotics. I love the lemonade and can't believe it taste just like lemonade! It's so easy to make and hard to not drink it all the time. I currently am experimenting with a bottle of pineapple soda. I've also tried adding ginger to the lemonade..Yum! Once I finish my supply of organic sugar, I'll be trying the rappadura sugar to see how that taste.

  95. Great

    by Christina on 07 Tue,2014

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    I have enjoyed adding this easy, inexpensive, healthy drink into our menu!

  96. Fabulous

    by Jim on 07 Tue,2014

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    My water kefir grains activated right on schedule and have been producing great tasting drinks that I feel wonderful after drinking. Highly recommended!

  97. love it

    by Marilyn on 07 Sun,2014

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    I am not a sweet eater so most of the kefir grains go to making coconut water kefir. Just plop them into coconut water and let it sit a few days. Drain them out and drink for a refreshing, rehydrating drink. I've yet to try fruit juices or any kind of ginger drink with it as I just throw out the sweet water kefir makes. Shame on me. I wonder if you could kefir tea and sugar mixture as in kombucha. I'm still uneasy on how to handle the little gems to keep them viable. I'm glad of your ebooklets on kefir and kombucha for all the information needed.

  98. Water Kefir Fan

    by Beach Gal on 07 Tue,2014

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    I had never tried water kefir and I was very intimidated by it. I knew it would be healthy but the concept was just weird but I thought "Hey it's healthy - why not try it. I am using coconut/palm sugar since I kicked white sugar to the curb, and since it is brown, it made my water kefir look a little unappetizing. I got up the nerve to taste it and surprise, it is good. I now add it as a sweetener to my ice tea and I like the taste of it. My grains are happy and multiplying and my husband and I are also happy with this healthy, probiotic drink. My husband and I both feel better so this has been a positive experience. Thanks to Cultures for Health for offering such great products.

  99. Great Product

    by Jo Ann on 08 Sun,2014

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    My grains are working great. Wonderful clear instructions came with it. I am having a good time making kefir water and flavoring it with lots of different flavors, lemon juice being a favorite.

  100. Extreme pain in my hands

    by keith on 08 Thu,2014

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    Im 60 years old. I have had extreme pain in both of my hands for years. A few years ago my daughter mailed me some grains. I put them in a jug and added water and sugar. let them sit for a few days with an apple and drank it. Tastes bad. The next morning i went to the bathroom in high fashion.

    After a few days i noticed that my hands didnt hurt. I also noticed i was making award winning deposits in the bathroom. I used those grains for about 1.5 years. I noticed that if i stopped drinking for a day, the next day my hands hurt and i didnt visit the hall of fame every morning.

    SO i order more these grains about 1.5 years ago and added them to the existing grains and moved them into 1 gallon jars.

    I figured out quick that time and temp are important. Tastes great now.

    I am in no way a health freak. If its bad for you i eat it. I dont exercise at all. and im a smoker.
    Thx

  101. love this product

    by HeidiS on 09 Fri,2014

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    We recently moved to Arizona and I started making water kefir as a way to keep the kids and husband hydrated - and it has become a staple in our kitchen. Our favorite flavoring is lemon juice, but we also make a lot of grape, and a few other flavors. It's refreshing, delicious, and makes us feel good! Note: if you can't have ANY sugar, I would try the dairy kefir.

  102. love the grains

    by Joye on 09 Wed,2014

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    I've been using the water kefir grains for almost a year now and love them. Great service.

  103. Awesome!

    by Daisy on 09 Thu,2014

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    These grains are amazing. I didn't know what to expect, but it was really easy to work with. The water kefir is yummy combined with some fruit juice. Kids love it too!

  104. Love it

    by Jan on 09 Sat,2014

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    I have been making water kefir for only about a month. I have watched the videos and looked at the recipes. I have flavored with organic blueberry/cranberry juice, which I love. I also tried pineapple ginger today. Can't wait to taste it. I have not noticed that my grains are multiplying though. Maybe I haven't had them long enough? I have been drinking it with no fizz, but just bottled some to see if it will work for me. It has been great fun trying new things.

  105. Simply too much fun!

    by Robin on 09 Wed,2014

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    This was the second pkg of kefir grains I have bought because I want to share more with friends. They are so much fun to grow, brew, whatever you call it and Cultures For Health is always so helpful it you have any questions. I am always recommending them to friends.

  106. Such a Nice Surprise!

    by daisy on 09 Sat,2014

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    I made a batch of wk for the first time this week. I don't know what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised. The taste is sweet, but not overly so. Even my 13-year old said he loved it! We are going to implement this drink to help with gut issues. So glad I found this company.

  107. Great product, easy to use

    by Des on 09 Mon,2014

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    I was a bit skeptical about getting this product because I thought it would be high maintenance. To my surprise, it was very easy to use and takes up a minimal amount of my time.

  108. Highly recommend for picky kids!

    by Shanda on 10 Wed,2014

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    I tried to get my kids to like homemade milk kefir. Really tried. It didn't work. But, they are drinking (and liking) the lemonade water kefir now. I am so excited about this. I haven't even been making it that long. My grains have taken off quickly since rehydrating them. I use organic sugar and then add concentrace drops and 1/4 of a clean egg shell for minerals. This produces an easy to flavor kefir water that can easily be combined with juice or made into lemonade for picky kids.

  109. Love this product

    by jdb on 10 Fri,2014

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    I enjoy my kefir water. I have ordered twice from Cultures for Health (killed one batch doing something dumb) so I ordered again after a move. I missed my kefir water when I was out. I just feel better when I consume this. The grains rehydrated well and they are easy to maintain. I mix kefir water in my green smoothies for an even healthier smoothie. I'm interested in trying to culture kombucha, as I enjoy that also, but have some trepidation--seems like kefir water is easier to maintain. For now, I'll stick with this!

  110. Unbelievably Easy!

    by daisy on 10 Thu,2014

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    After years on probiotics and anti-fungal medicine, my child on the spectrum is now able to balance the yeast and bacteria in his gut by drinking this sweet, delicious beverage twice a day. I'm not sure what I expected, it seems like such a foreign concept, but the videos I watched made it so simple. We are now culturing water kefir every day and enjoying it straight as well as with added organic fruit juice. Every question I had when we were getting started was quickly and graciously answered by the staff at Cultures for Health. We were so happy with the water kefir, that we ordered other products as well. It's wonderful that something that tastes SO good can make one's life better. We are delighted with this company.

  111. Terrific!!!!!!

    by ellen on 10 Wed,2014

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    It is SO easy to use these water kefir grains, I have been using mine for over 2 weeks now and have a quart of fresh water kefir every 30 hours or so, just perfect timing since my previous batch has been consumed. I started using white sugar but after a few batches tried organic blackstrap molasses and love this. My latest batch has dried apples and candied citrus peel as an extra along with the molasses. I LOVE THIS!!!! Try it, you'll like it!

    CFH note ~ White sugar does not include minerals that the grains need, adding black strap molasses or a pinch of sea salt is usually a great idea unless your water source already has a lot of minerals. Too many minerals can cause the grains to break into small pieces. Dried apple and candied citrus peel sounds like a wonderful combination for that second fermentation!

  112. Awesome support, Awesome Grains

    by daniel on 10 Fri,2014

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    The Water Kefir Grains I received from Cultures for Health worked great. I ran into some issues in the beginning but the amazing customer support team helped me through all my issues and now I have reliable/ rapidly multiplying water kefir grains.

  113. Love it!

    by Debbie on 11 Sat,2014

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    We are loving our kefir! So easy to make. I add some concentrated grape juice (Welch's or Kroger's 100% grape concentrate - no added sugar) to the 2nd ferment - best grape soda ever & it' s good for you!

  114. Delicious and Healthy!

    by Elaine, R.N. on 11 Wed,2014

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    I have been making water Kefir for several months now with the water kefir culture from Cultures for Health, after I got hooked on milk kefir. It is so easy, and my favorite is the secondary fermentation flavored with pomegranate juice. Fizzy and yummy!! So much more economical than store-bought!

  115. great money saver

    by jean on 11 Thu,2014

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    I love making my own kefir and you were able to get it to me here in Canada. I was spending a fortune during my move buying probiotic drinks. I missed my old grains so much!

  116. Great Drinks full of Probiotics!

    by Mimi321 on 11 Fri,2014

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    My grains are wonderful. I make my water kefir with Knudsen organic Pear Nectar on one day and then Lakewood Organic Pomegranate Blueberry Juice (not from concentrate), the next day. It keeps me in fabulous drinks that are healthy and most of the natural fructose has been gobbled up by the kefir grains. My grains are multiplying faster than I can keep up with. I really love them.

  117. I'm Hooked!!!!!!!

    by Lee on 11 Fri,2014

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    I got my Water Kefir quickly..... they did everything they were supposed to......I'm Loving the Drink and Enjoy watching the grains multiply!!!!!!!! Thank You!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  118. Water Kefir Grains

    by Henny on 11 Fri,2014

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    Thanks to all your help my kefir grains are working great.

  119. We have been very successful with our water kerfir.

    by billie on 11 Sat,2014

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    We have been very successful with our water kerfir.
    thank you.:)

  120. Very pleased

    by queensyb on 12 Thu,2014

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    I have been enjoying my first batch of water kefir, flavored with cranberry juice and apples. I was a little hestitant, but I really like it over ice. I'm looking forward to my second batch, flavored with grapefruit juice.

  121. I'm working on mine

    by none on 12 Thu,2014

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    I'm new to water kefir. I'll have to master it to
    get the fizz I'm after. No complaint , I drink it anyway because it suppose to be good for me.

  122. Very Good

    by sara on 12 Fri,2014

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    I have been using my water kefir grains for about a month. My grains haven't been multiplying, but I am still producing very good water kefir. I am enjoying creating different flavors of kefir soda. I think the lemon ginger is one of my favorites.

  123. Easy to Rehydrate

    by Blaze on 12 Sat,2014

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    The grains were easy to rehydrate, and have made me seven batches of kefir so far! I love that they keep growing and I am able to share them or make multiple recipes at a time. So far my favorite has been a strawberry soda using my water kefir and some frozen organic strawberries from the summer in the second fermentation. Delicious!

  124. I want more---kefir water and more nutritional information.

    by Sande on 12 Fri,2014

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    I found my first batch to be wonderful and I enjoy it just plain. I will experiment, however, with lemon juice first.

  125. having problems as grains are not multiplying.

    by Sande on 12 Sun,2014

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    Doing my 2nd batch and I am bummed I don't have any water kefir to drink! The grains barely made 2 TBL so I fear that's not enough to culture 2 qts. of kefir. The small amt. seems to indicate the grains aren't happy. The temps are betw. 68---74 and the towel keeps any light out. I am doing something wrong. Maybe I tossed them into the sugar water too roughly or didn't do it fast enough...?

    I really like the taste of plain water kefir but don't see how I can increase the amount I make with only 2 TBL of rehydrated grains.

    CFH Note~ Your temperature is fine, an overabundance of minerals can cause the grains to break into pieces, please contact customer support for assistance, we would be very happy to make recommendations. [email protected]

  126. great product

    by denise on 12 Sun,2014

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    I really like the kefir water.i was drinking plain water and this is a nice change.

  127. Excellent product and support

    by Urs on 01 Mon,2015

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    I ordered the water kefir grains around the Christmas holiday and was pleasantly surprised to receive them within a few days. I love that they come with instructions on a lovely paper that I can keep in my recipe folder. I followed the directions for rehydrating the grains and have made 3 batches so far. I love it! The water kefir is delicious and the grains are already multiplying.

    Next I'm going to try to make a flavored soda out of the water kefir.

  128. Always as described, never a bad batch

    by danglero on 01 Sat,2015

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    I've ordered these several times, and it's always been as described. I have yet to get a bad batch. Give them a couple of rounds to really get hardy and enjoy!

  129. water kifer

    by baconia on 01 Sat,2015

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    It is easy to make. If the taste is too strong your water like mine may have too many minerals. I had to stop using minerals and turbanodo sugar and molasses. Nothing but while sugar. Mine now has the faint taste of rootbeer. I have a lot of sassafras trees on the property who knows...this stuff gets better and i feel better everyday, I crave it. It makes it easy to consume liquids. Also customer service is excellent if u need it.

  130. BEST WAY TO RID YOURSELF OF SODA!!!

    by Julie on 01 Sat,2015

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    I desperately needed a way to get off coke, voila the answer is water kefir. I am making a half gallon every 2 days :) It saves LOTS of money :) I do need to figure out how to make the variations. So far am drinking it plain or mixed with juice.

  131. FAST EXCELLENT SUPER

    by chasingflowers on 02 Fri,2015

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    Super fast shipping. They woke up super fast too! Thank you so much......i had cried for 2 days when my husband accidentally threw my heirloom grains away :( So i was thrilled to get them back from CFH! Thank you so much!! We are living well again :)

  132. Really noticing the health benefits

    by ADK Farmer Dan on 03 Thu,2015

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    It took a little while to get started, but now our water kefir is amazing and active. The water you use and the minerals available make a difference. Not every's one water supply is the same, so we had to experiment a bit with tap vs. spring water, adding pinch of baking soda and boiled egg shell, etc...

    Now that we have a good routine, we are trying new flavorings with fresh and dried fruit. I have brown glass swing-top bottles from brewing beer and these are great for 2nd ferments.

    The instructions were easy to understand and I found many tips online at CFH. Now just waiting on the 30 days to try our 1st kombucha!

  133. Yes, yes, a million times yes!

    by Mike on 03 Sun,2015

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    My experience with the milk kefir didn't work out like I had hoped. Just not enough time to pay attention. I cultured water kefir at the same time and had quite a different result. My first batch I split between ginger/lemon and root beer. I am a fan for life. This was so easy and the results were so much more than I had hoped for. The root-beer took me back to a time gone by that I had all but forgotten about. The taste is unbelievable. I'll never buy store bought again.

  134. Water Kefir Grains

    by SandiP on 04 Wed,2015

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    I love this stuff, and its so easy ! I'm starting to experiment with different flavors now.

  135. Better than I expected! Made product with a workshop and everyone loved it!

    by Tootie on 04 Thu,2015

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    I purchased this product with the Kit as well, plus the rice sourdough starter kit. I love your products!

  136. Love this stuff!

    by Mommom on 04 Sat,2015

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    We love our water kefir especially in the summer! We add strawberries, blueberries, peaches whatever fruit we have. It is a wonderful refreshing drink. Because we can be a bit cool(air conditioning) in the summer I was keeping my grains in the oven to keep the temp even. Darn if someone ?? didn't turn on the oven . Ruined two batches. So ready to buy my third starter set, just need to find a new place to keep my first ferment.

  137. Awesome!

    by Janet on 04 Wed,2015

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    Don't drink regular sodas. So am very happy making my own water kefir. Love getting the probiotics every day. Can't wait to make it fizzy. Also make milk kefir which is super good too. Cultures for Health sent the grains right away.

  138. Waiting to Grow enough for 1-2 gal.

    by Cynthia on 04 Sat,2015

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    I like to make gingerale with it. So much better than store bought. ☺

  139. So Far, So Good

    by mj on 05 Tue,2015

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    I have had my new grains for about a month. They seem a bit slow to multiply, but that is ok.
    End result seems good. I see many people flavoring their water with fruit juices which,due to the sugar and high fructose corn syrup, is not so good. I flavor mine with Celestial Seasonings peach or raspberry tea. They don't use staples on their bags. I ordered a new batch of grains (cheaper) in January, and then twice came down with a 1-week long cold. I decided, the kefir was not working too well, so I ordered new ones thru Cultures. Hopefully, I will stay healthier. When it comes to your health, a few extra dollars towards a quality product is a wise investment.

  140. As promised, great product

    by granola mom on 06 Sat,2015

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    I am new to water kefir and fermenting foods, but the video was a great help...Already have made 3 flavored batches, and the hot weather (I think) is helping the grains multiply quickly. I had purchased grains from a different supplier in the winter and had no luck with them.

  141. I love this stuff

    by Joshua on 06 Sat,2015

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    So easy to make and so versatile!!!!!

  142. Love Wate Kefir

    by Brenda Nolan on 06 Sun,2015

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    Love this pro-biotic drink. I'm experimenting with different flavors. Always open to new recipes.
    The Kefir grains multipled rapidly and contine to do so. I'm making more Kefir than I can consume.

    Starting to use products from Cultures For Health has helped me and I'm oh so grateful for the positive changes.

    Brenda Nolan

  143. Great product!

    by Karki Health on 07 Mon,2015

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    So I have been recently turned on to fermenting.

    I am not big on milk, and I do not consume tea, so water Keifer seemed perfect.

    I ordered the grains Friday and they arrived Monday before noon.

    The box was small and I was a little bit worried when I first saw the dehydrated grains.

    I re-hydrated them, and by the time I made my first water Keifer for consumption the grains doubled.

    I now have about a cup of grains, and am making more than I can drink!

    I even made coconut water keifer once, and it worked great.

    It is easy, and I just make a new batch of sugar water and bottle for the second ferment daily. Takes only 1-2 minutes a day!

  144. Having fun! Look forward to success with carbonation

    by Dianne on 07 Thu,2015

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    Received them promptly. They hydrated right away and I'm having fun making water kefir. Haven't gotten it to fizz yet, but a young man here is drinking it faster than I can make it! I have to get in there quickly to enjoy some for myself. :-)

  145. Overall Greatness!

    by Jimsonrat on 08 Mon,2015

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    So many good things to say. Quite frankly, I hesitated to go with "water kefir" as it sort of sounded boring. It turns out to be fast and easy to make, inexpensive, and overall quite versatile. I don't do dairy, so water kefir is a great alternative. I don't like drinking water, but I drink the water kefir constantly. I also make kombucha tea, but the water kefir is nice because it is more simple to make, and does not have caffeine issues associated with tea. Don't hesitate; give this stuff a try, you won't regret it.

  146. Excellent product

    by Charity on 08 Sun,2015

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    I absolutely love this product and have been able to enjoy a quart of water kefir daily. I love experimenting with all sorts of flavors for adding fruits and juices after the fermentation. I have shared with friends who love it also. This is an awesome product and I highly recommend!

  147. Great Product

    by Christine on 08 Wed,2015

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    Works just as explained. We didn't drink the first 2 batches, but beginning with the 3rd it's been fun and delicious. I had to get used to the smell to make sure it was fine, but the online support was very helpful. The how-to videos are very helpful as well. Great company!

  148. great!!!!

    by Yehuda on 08 Fri,2015

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    Easy to make. totally Satisfied

  149. Fantastic product!

    by Cathyz on 08 Mon,2015

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    I had my first batch of grains for several years. After being out of the country for several months, I had to purchase them again. I love these grains. I flavor them with whatever fruit is in season. Right now it's watermelon. Sometimes it's strawberries, nectarines, peaches or raspberries.

    My husband used to drink beer on hot afternoons. Now he drinks Kefir. He says it's so much more refreshing.
    I use recycled Grolsch beer bottles. Due to the high price of shipping, it's cheaper to buy the beer than to purchase empty bottles. I've been using the same bottles for several years.

  150. The product is doing great.

    by Robin on 09 Mon,2015

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    More upkeep than I anticipated but I do like the lighter flavors over Kombucha.

  151. water kefir grains

    by elle-jay on 09 Fri,2015

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    we are so happy with our water kefir grains- they are happily producing delicious carbonated probiotic yumminess every few days for us! horray! this should be taught in school!

  152. These grains last indefinitely with very little care.

    by Rose on 10 Thu,2015

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    The water kefir grains are stirring to life. Taking longer than I remember since the last time I made it. These grains last indefinitely with very little care. My first grains lasted over 2yrs before I gave them away. Ready to start again. Instructions say don't go over 48hrs fermenting cycle, but I like a couple days longer. Don't notice any harm to the grains. My two cents.

    CFH note~ The culturing temperature plays a large part in how long a batch will take to ferment. Temperatures at the low end of the range (68° to 70°) may take longer but we recommend not exceeding 72 hours. If a stronger flavor is desired, strain the grains and start a new batch and let your finished kefir sit for another 24 to 48 hours.

  153. Excellent

    by Marcie on 10 Tue,2015

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    The grains re-hydrated right away, and make great tasting water kefir batch after batch. I like flavoring with concord grape juice the best.

  154. love this product

    by Moira on 10 Wed,2015

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    A am so pleased to be making water kefir. I was using milk kefir, and enjoying it in small amounts, but the water kefir lets me get the great probiotics and still remain vegan. Service was wonderful even to Canada. Can't say enough about the beautiful packaging, clear instructions, informative website. I'm looking forward to my grains multiplying enough to start sharing with friends and relatives.

  155. Very pleased.

    by Andrea on 11 Wed,2015

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    Excellent results. How-to videos were a big help.

  156. Good stuff

    by intcede on 11 Tue,2015

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    I really like the kefir grains and they worked perfectly. Thank you also for the excellent customer service.

  157. Very happy

    by Diane on 11 Fri,2015

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    Great product. Easy to use.

  158. Very happy

    by Diane on 11 Fri,2015

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    Great product. Easy to use.

  159. Really great starter grains

    by ErickB on 12 Tue,2015

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    The is the second time I've order the Water Kefir Grains (due to a contamination error on my part.) After the 4-day start, the grains were the plumpest I have ever seen. I'm looking forward to drinking the water in a few days. The smell is great.

  160. love this!

    by Dona on 12 Sun,2015

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    This is fabulous! I wanted to add a beverage to my arsenal of ferments, since my husband doesn't like yogurt. The grains re-hydrated quickly, and are making batch after batch, and multiplying consistently. I enjoy the water kefir plain, and plan on experimenting with flavors too. I highly recommend this site and its products!

  161. So cool!!

    by Katie on 01 Sun,2016

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    I have been wanting to try this for ages and received this as a Christmas gift from my kids. I was nervous after the first couple of batches because I wasn't sure how to tell if it had actually cultured. I wasn't getting a lot of bubbles and was starting to lose hope. For my 3rd batch I tried a pineapple juice blend for the 2nd ferment and WOW! Fizzy, tangy, sweet. Amazing. My 6 year old son tried some and his face lit up. When he asked for more I was delighted. Now I can't wait to see what other flavors we can try. Vanilla cream soda is bottled up on my counter right now. I think blueberry might be next. In all the excitement we nearly forgot that it's also super healthy. Thank you for the fantastic product!

  162. Happy and Healthy

    by Chris on 01 Tue,2016

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    Rehydrated as expected with plenty of grains. The grains are healthy and provide healthy delicious kefir that my the whole family enjoys.

  163. Good, but too sweet for me

    by Very Sweet on 03 Tue,2011

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    This is a good product, but since I'm not used to drinking anything but water, the end result was still too sweet. I think that if someone is used to drinking juice or wants an alternative to soda, this may be a great thing. As for me, I gave the crystals to a friend.

  164. I'm Lovin' it!

    by Northern_Gal on 01 Sun,2012

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    This is my first try at both consuming kefir and making it myself. It has turned out very well so far and I really enjoy drinking the kefir on its on as opposed to flavoring with lemon or vanilla. I recently tried mixing in a quarter cup of fruit juice with my finished kefir and it's excellent. I can't generate enough kefir to keep up with how much I want to drink :) Hopefully the grains become more numerous soon and I can get double batches going. Excellent product for the person trying to incorporate probiotics into their daily intake regime.

  165. great

    by Daedals on 11 Wed,2013

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    I've gotten three packets of water kefir grains at different times and they've all worked great. The directions are easy to follow. I actually messed up with rehydrating one batch of grains (experimented with a certain kind of sugar but it didn't work) and followed the site's recommendations on how to 'heal' the grains. That worked as well and now they are working just fine!

  166. Fabulously tasty and refreshing drinks

    by KK in UK on 01 Wed,2014

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    Love this product. Did not know what to expect but experimented with lots of different fruit - nectarines and raspberries worked well, lemon is fantastic - and was really surprised by the wonderful and refreshing taste of the drink. It's different every time and experimenting is great fun. My only problem came when I used it for coconut water, it ruined my grains and despite many efforts to revive them, they did not come back to life. Now going onto a new batch and will not use for coconut water until I have enough grains to make separate batches. Live and learn. Cultures for Health are a wonderful resource with really helpful people; bless you for the work you're doing.

  167. Very easy!

    by Ktb on 01 Sun,2014

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    I bought water emir grains never having even tried water kefir before. Very glad I did.

  168. Great Water Kefir Grains

    by Angela on 01 Fri,2014

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    I am impressed with the vitality of this strain of water kefir grains.

  169. Water Kefir Grains

    by Thinjen on 02 Mon,2014

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    I appreciate the timely delivery and the easy directions on how to get started. It is winter time and I don't think mine multiplied fast enough or I'm not adept at it yet. It has been a few weeks and I am now giving them a rest. I have enjoyed the Kefir which has made so far and am looking forward to letting this be a regular in my home for the probiotics need. As someone else wrote, it is a bit like tending a plant, as I watched it each morning and night and just held it! It was amazing watching it grow.

  170. Dehydrated Water Kefit Grains

    by Donna on 02 Wed,2014

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    I was a bit skeptical of dehydrated grains, but I followed the directions and have been very pleased with the results. I've started a continuous batch and the results are getting better with each and every batch. I think my grains are multiplying, so I'll look forward to sharing them with friends and family.

  171. So far so good

    by emersunrose on 02 Thu,2014

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    Rehydrated and am not on my 4th batch, 3 in second fermentation. The funny thing is that when the grains come out of the first ferment the whole thing smells like dirty gym socks but after second ferment it smells more like vinegar. Today I drank from my first batch fermented with dried figs. If I refrain from smelling it before the sip, it's a beautiful, delicate beverage. I loved it!

    Now, one can buy these grains a lot of places. Although somewhat more expensive I chose C4H because they have amazing customer service! I'm serious! Their website is FULL of great instructional material, including videos. Live chat that's not even slightly canned and really responsive when asked both private and public questions on Facebook. I'm coming back to C4H for any of my culturing and fermenting projects.

  172. Highly Recommend

    by MamaKefir on 04 Thu,2014

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    I LOVE WATER KEFIR! The grains from Cultures for Health arrived quickly, re-hydrated within a couple of days, and have been producing ever since. What a fast, fun ferment. My favorite flavoring option so far is a squeeze of lemon with a few raisins, or a tiny bit of pomogranite juice.

  173. Awesome

    by Lisa on 04 Mon,2014

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    Cultures for Health shipped fast and the grains are of excellent quality. All the times I've contacted customer service has been met with exceptional response time and answers. I am very impressed! I will definitely buy from you again should I venture into other types of grains, yeasts, etc.

  174. Water Kefir Grains

    by t on 08 Fri,2014

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    Bought these last month but didn't use them right away, so I put them in the fridge until about two weeks ago, when I began the rehydration process.

    The steps were clear and simple, and within a few days my grains were kefiring the water just fine. I'm still trying to find the best additives to make kefir "soda" since it sounded like a neat project, and have tried prune, apple, and cranberry juices, raisins, and vanilla extract, but so far no luck with finding a taste I care for.

    However, my little nephew LOVES the water kefir mixed with a little apple juice (no 2nd ferment), and has now started requesting it.

    Also, about a week ago, I noticed that some of my water kefir grains were floating and thought they were bad, so I ended up tossing the floaters out. I saw it again the next morning and worried that something was wrong, so I contacted a CFH customer service agent by chat via the website, and she assured me that it was the exact opposite; that my grains were fine and that I should not toss them out just because they float, as that is a sign that the grains are happy and healthy. :D

    Anyway, I'm pleased with the purchase and love the knowledgeable, and always helpful, customer service! :)

  175. couldn't be easier

    by HeidiS on 09 Tue,2014

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    I've already reviewed this item, but some more time has passed and I wanted to add some comments. First, this is a great way to start culturing, if you are new to it, because it is so simple: dissolve sugar in water, let cool, add grains, repeat every fe days. Also, you can make great flavors - my favorite is: juice one orange, one lime, one lemon and add to your prepared kefir water. It is wonderfully refreshing, very hydrating, and for my household it's a substitute for sodas and too-sugary juices. Note that if you kefir grape juice (look for the recipes on this website) it will turn the grains dark, and it will slightly color the next several batches of plain water kefir.

  176. Water Kefir Grains

    by Henny on 10 Tue,2014

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    Thank you for all your help. Now I know to keep the water kefir grains out of the sun and they are doing wonderfully

  177. water kefir

    by Retalou on 10 Fri,2014

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    Just bought your water kefir grains. Bought your milk grains from our health food store. Both products are easy to use and everyone loves them. I would recommend this product to everyone. My milk kefir grains started working after 3 days so now we are the road to better health. Thank you again.

  178. Wise investment.

    by Peggy on 11 Fri,2014

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    I've never appreciated commercially produced sodas - solely comprised of artificial ingredients and completely devoid of nutrition for my hard-earned dollar. But my husband loved them. This is an awesome solution! The kefir grains were just as easy to rehydrate and activate as they were claimed to be. I've been using them for a few weeks now. The first couple of batches made me wonder if the grains were working right, but just as the instructions said, it can take a couple of batches for the cultures to balance, so don't let that discourage you. Patience will be rewarded. After a certain point, I could tell the difference. It only takes a small investment of time every other day to keep our new system producing. My husband was skeptical at first - "if it's healthy, I probably won't enjoy it" haha. Now he comes looking for it, asking me what flavors we have today. And I have a lot of fun getting creative with the flavors. I should have done this sooner.

  179. Good Quality

    by Molly on 11 Tue,2014

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    These were such a good quality product. Usually, only half of regular water kefir grains will actually re-hydrate, but these were all totally alive. I had ready water kefir in 5 days!

    They were very healthy, and I was able to give some to a friend within the first two weeks :)

  180. Awesome product

    by CMT on 01 Fri,2015

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    I got my grains a few weeks ago and have already made about 5 batches of water kefir. My grains rehydrated quickly and although my first batch was a little weak, my last few batches have been bubbly and tangy and fizzy--just perfect. The grains are easy to use and so far mine have stayed in great condition. I'm very happy with this product!

  181. Good Product

    by Henny on 02 Mon,2015

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    This batch of water grains seems to be doing fine. I've had a bit of trouble before just can't seem to get them to thrive. Hope these will work

    Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support with any questions or concerns regarding your products. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  182. Happy with the products.

    by Alex on 04 Fri,2015

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    very good culture starters and excellent instructions in books and videos. I can't wait to try them one by one. Water kefir really worked for me.

  183. very good product

    by Karina on 04 Sat,2015

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    I am happy with the water kefir grains. They were a bit slow in starting but are now working very well. It took about two weeks before they were properly producing kefir. Now I have almost more kefir than I can use!

  184. Good product

    by KG on 05 Fri,2015

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    My grains are happily growing and producing great fizz!

  185. I love my grains

    by Mrno on 07 Thu,2015

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    I ordered these a few weeks back and could not be happier with them. They are healthy and growing, providing me with as much water kefir as I can drink as well as some to share. The folks here in the live chat are superb! They've answered all my newbie questions and encouraged me when I thought I'd done something wrong. Give these water kefir grains a try!

  186. Favorable

    by Bruce on 08 Sun,2015

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    This was my second order of product. For some reason the first batch just nearly disappeared after a batch, so not knowing I might be able to revive what was left, I disposed of the small amount left.
    I did immediately order more because, in spite of the problem I really like the Kefired water and didn't want to be without it. I love making ginger ale or just drinking it plain.
    Even though I had to buy more grains, I had made several gallons of the water. I'm satisfied.

    Note from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  187. Very easy starter culture

    by Angie on 01 Wed,2014

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    These came quickly, were super easy to rehydrate, and even though I had never done such a thing before, generally simple to understand. The instructions were complete, though could have been organized a little better, and there were some odd thick brown clumps in my grains, but I assume these are normal? Either way, the product is wonderful and grows exactly as advertized.

  188. Great product

    by Kaberle on 03 Sat,2014

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    I love my water kefir as well. I didn't really like the taste until I second fermented it with some apple slices, but now I love it.

    I think the price was a bit steep but at least they are multiplying greatly making them worth it in value.

    I will be sharing some of these with my aunt soon. YUM!!

  189. Nice!

    by Monika on 05 Thu,2014

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    It took couple weeks and few batches to get to the point my grains finally creating nice fizzy drinks. Love it!

  190. Excellent Quality

    by CTGirl on 07 Wed,2014

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    These took about 10+ days before they started kefiring, but they have thrived. I trust the kefir grains from CFH much more than some anonymous seller on Amazon. It's worth the extra money for me.

  191. Great!

    by Leslie on 11 Thu,2014

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    The grains I got where more than enough for 2 quarts of water kefir. They are multiplying fast. This is the second time I ordered water kefir gains. The first grains didn't produce like these grains have. These grains also taste better. I am doing the same routine with these that I did the first ones. Enjoy these grains. Thank you for quality water kefir grains.

  192. carbonating

    by mike on 01 Mon,2015

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    I thought the water kefir carbonated on it on. I have done four batches in two weeks, and no carbonation. This last batch I also added raisins

    CFH response ~ There are a lot of factors to carbonated kefir. The raisins during fermenting will certainly help but you also need to provide food (fruit, berries, juice or a little extra sugar) for the second fermentation. Some items added for flavoring create a lot more carbonation than others. Be sure that the culturing temperature is not too cool and the amount of airspace left in the bottle also plays a part. In the colder months, decrease the amount of space left in the bottle but be sure to increase the amount of space in the hot summer months to avoid building too much pressure. The second ferment can be a bit of a science project but please contact Customer Support if further assistance is needed.

  193. Love it!

    by DB on 08 Wed,2015

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    I'm so glad I opted for the dehydrated water kefir grains. I started my first batch with fresh, which I killed about 6 months later. The dehydrated grains are great to have on hand and easy to re-hydrate for use. This newest batch is going crazy producing delicious, fizzy water kefir. The grains are reproducing, too, so I'll be able to share some with friends soon.

  194. doing great

    by Pete on 08 Mon,2015

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    The kefir grains are doing great. They are better than the ones a had
    previously. The first ferment comes along very easy. I'm still working on the flavoring I like for the second ferment.

    Cheaper than pop, less sugar, probiotics, etc. What is there not to love?

  195. Great, delicious, and easy to use

    by EJGryphon on 11 Tue,2015

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    I have been making water kefir using these grains for a couple of weeks now, and I love it. It's so very easy to make, and it's delicious. My favorite style so far is spring water and white sugar for the first fermentation, and then adding a little cranberry juice for the secondary fermentation (1 day). Yum!

  196. great product

    by fishinjim on 01 Wed,2016

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    I am really enjoying this product. Having a lot of fun trying different flavors. Have tried about 5 so far. Favorite is lime, but I'm sure there will be more.

  197. Pleasant probiotic beverage

    by Hannakli on 02 Wed,2014

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    Water kefir is a tasty caffeine free alternative to Kombucha. It also has a much quicker turn around. I am satisfied with the product and look forward to sharing it with friends.

  198. water kefir grains

    by carey on 02 Mon,2014

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    very quick delivery and hermetically sealed for germs. grains where easy to rehydrate. there was some other stuff mixed in with the grains looked like tea leaves or somthing. other than that every thing is great with the finished product. thank you!

  199. Not as high Quality as expected

    by lilsarge on 03 Mon,2014

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    Either the quality of the Kefir grains I received was poor or the instructions for activated them need to be redone. It took me almost 3 weeks to begin to activate these grains and they are still very weak. I am using water filtered from chlorine and fluorine. I kept the Kefir at a cozy 73 degrees round the clock. I used organic unprocessed cane sugar. All of this with little to no results. I was instructed to add organic raisins (which I could not find locally) to see if that would "wake" them up. I finally added slices of limes and that seems to do the trick. I am on my second batch of active Kefir but it is growing slowly and not producing much bubbles.

    These grains are not as good as some I have tried previously.

    Note from CFH: It is common for kefir grains to take a few batches to adjust to your environment. This is a normal part of the process of working with a live culture.

  200. great customer service!

    by Frogface on 04 Fri,2014

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    great customer service!

  201. little bit of a learing curve

    by treehugger on 05 Thu,2014

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    I'm new to kefir and I was thrilled at how easy it was to get started. There were problems along the way and I had trouble with different ways of flavoring it. I love the online chat available to answer all the crazy questions I've had.

  202. Been kefiring water for almost a year now!

    by Kim on 06 Thu,2014

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    My husband and kids love the kefir water. I kefir a half gallon for my family every couple of days or so. We flavor it with a couple tablespoons of raisins. My kids rarely get any because my husband loves it so much, he typically drinks it all. This culture is so easy to maintain, and very hard to kill. My husband actually ate half of the grains one evening because I had the grains in sugar water in the fridge hibernating while we were away on vacation, he thought it was in the fridge for drinking, so he did. The few grains I had left have reproduced within a month and I'm back to kefiring bigger batches of water. Thanks!

  203. Worked out great

    by Satisfied Customer on 08 Mon,2015

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    Very healthy grains. I'm new to producing water kefir. Activated my grains about 1 week ago and grains are getting stronger and stronger. Starting to taste the carbonation now. Great product!

  204. Better than I expected

    by JCofNH on 12 Wed,2015

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    These little critters are amazing! It took about two weeks to really start producing. The beverage tastes great flat or carbonated; I think better carbonated. I use it to reduce the sugar in fruit juices (the no added sugar type) that I have avoided because of their sugar content. The bottles of 50/50 blend of kefir water and juice are capped and allowed to ferment at room temp for 24 hours, then refrigerated. Result is a great tasting, sparkling, lower sugar fruit beverage with probiotics. What could be better?

  205. Grains slow to get started

    by Susie on 02 Fri,2014

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    This is the second batch of grains I've ordered. The first grains I ordered worked great--made nice, sour water from the first batch I made. This batch, however, came with brown worm-like looking things in it which I picked out with a plastic spoon. I've had them for more than two weeks now, making a new batch of water every 48-72 hours, and although they appear to be working because they're producing bubbles, the water is remaining very sweet with an odd, musty taste. Customer service here is usually very helpful, although the person who responded to my questions about this batch in return asked me what I might be doing differently with this batch, and I've yet to hear back from her after my response.

    Response from CFH: Water Kefir Grains may contain bits of molasses residue from the Rapadura sugar we use. The residue is beneficial to the grains. It will disappear over time if batches are cultured with white sugars. We recommend culturing water kefir between 24-48 hours at 68°-85°F.

    Customer Follow-Up: "It took several weeks, and I unfortunately had to pour quite a lot of water down the drain, but my kefir grains finally seem to be working properly--no more "musty" taste. And I wanted to add, too, that except for that one lapse I mentioned previously, I have always received timely and informative support from Cultures for Health."

  206. Maybe I just got a bad batch...

    by Karin H on 02 Tue,2014

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    I bought the CFH water kefir grains through Wise Choice, & when I opened them I noticed that the quantity and size of the grains were MUCH smaller than the packet used in CFH's "rehydrating water kefir grains" video.

    After following the rehydrating procedure for a month with no change in the appearance of the grains, and being told by customer service to just be patient, I bought some active grains from another source which are doing great, and got a store credit from Wise Choice which I turned in for some CFH milk kefir grains (which I hope will turn out better than the water kefir grains).

    I still have the water kefir grains on life support, but they still look pretty much like crushed up pepper corns. Maybe they were just DOA...
    I am optimistic about the milk kefir grains, though, which should arrive today. ^_^

    Response from CFH: It is important that you contact us immediately if you are struggling to activate a culture. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  207. I am still trying to figure this one out.

    by Debbie on 02 Fri,2014

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    I purchased the Milk Kefir as well and I am having no difficulty making that. I am still learning how to get the Water Kefir just right. The grains grow quickly, in two weeks I have doubled the amount that I started with, I am just not getting the flavor (and smell) that I like. I am starting all over again by washing off my grains with water and using another type of sweetener, I will get this right.

    Response from CFH: Emailed customer for troubleshooting help - Jerri

  208. works great!

    by Melodee on 07 Wed,2015

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    i had great success with these grains. They are quite active and are reproducing readily. While i had poor results with both the kombucha and milk kefir starters, this one was definitely a winner!

    CFH Note~ It is important to contact Customer Support right away when having difficulties with a culture. Most issues can be resolved with slight changes to the culturing process.

  209. Fantastic

    by Lynnione on 09 Tue,2015

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    I was nervous to try water kefir but was determined after buying Kevita at the market for 3.00 a bottle several times - thought there has to be a better way. Soooo glad I did - the videos and directions make the process very easy - and my water kefir grains are very happy and providing me with amazing lemonade kefir - I couldn't be happier. I am now looking into fermenting veggies -

  210. Hmmm?

    by Judith on 02 Sun,2014

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    I've had my grains for over two weeks now and they are not making bubbly water kefir. The final product after 2 days is STILL very sweet.

    Response from CFH: Finished water kefir may be sweet, depending on individual culturing conditions. It may take a few weeks for the grains to fully mature and make bubbly water kefir when bottled in a tightly sealed container.

  211. Ok so far

    by Sarah on 03 Wed,2014

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    I bought the water Kefir grains about a month ago. I had and continue to have some trouble activating the grains again. I had to go through 4 1/4 cups of organic sugar to taste even the slightest difference from day one to day 2-3 and it is still pretty darn sugary. Not sure what benefits this really has so far. Too sweet for me as of right now. Also difficult since I have to keep it in sugar water at all time. Decent quality and pricing good, I just don't know if I feel water kefir grains are all that beneficial vs fermented cabbage and veggies at this point.

    Response from CFH- It may take between 6-8 weeks for the grains to fully mature and efficiently consume the sugar in the water. If using a white sugar, the water kefir may be sweeter, particularly at the beginning. Raw (brown) sugars that contain molasses will yield a water kefir that will not be quite as sweet.

  212. water kefir

    by D'lish1 on 05 Thu,2014

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    I was told of water kefir by a friend. I made 2 successful batches added lemon and my husband was thrilled. the third batch never turned out - don't know what happened. I have gone back to rejuvelac - less expensive and easy to make - might not taste as good but less expensive. It was good while it lasted.

    Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.


  213. too sweet for my taste

    by Allison on 01 Tue,2014

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    I am sensitive to dairy so I hoped water kefir would be a good source of probiotics, but so far, I am disappointed, as it tastes much too sweet for my taste. I am trying to eat no sugar. I have a cool house, it is winter, and maybe that is the reason. I am wondering if it is even culturing.... how can I tell?

    Allison

    Response from CFH: Proper culturing temperature is important. Water kefir grains require 68-85ºF. Lighter sugars produce a sweeter finished kefir. For a less sweet flavor, try a darker sugar such as rapadura or Sucanat.

  214. I don't think they are working.

    by Alice on 03 Mon,2014

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    I activated the kefif grains after watching the video. The kefir water tastes sweet, but not fizzy. I also did a second fermentation using lemon juice and again with grape cranberry. I think I am doing everything right, but we're just getting sweet flat drinks. I hope there are some probiotics in there, and not just fructose. We will keep trying.

    Response from CFH: Made suggestions to keep trying with some tips. Customer is encouraged, and we will continue working on getting that fizz! - Jerri

  215. Better luck with BodyEcology/inner eco

    by JD on 03 Wed,2014

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    When I rehydrated the grains initally I think I incubated the solution a little too warm (~88-95F), and they developed a bad smell after just a day. The grains are pretty small...even after several days in the recommended "resting solution" in the fridge. I had better luck with non-grain-based kefir...using products like BodyEcology kefir starter/Inner-Eco kefir.

    Response from CFH: The proper culturing temperature for water kefir grains is 68-85ºF. Higher temperatures may weaken or even kill the grains.

  216. request to review your product. (Water Kefir)

    by Penni on 10 Fri,2014

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    I have followed the directions, and the grains are plump, but I am not getting the carbonation taste like I have when I had kefir before. Not really satisfied with it.

    Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  217. need help with getting some fizz

    by n/a on 02 Fri,2015

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    Very clear and easy to follow instructions. Water kefir grains plumped up nicely. Using spring water and a drop of the ConcenTrace Minerals along with organic evaporated cane sugar. Kefir tastes great, but is flat on both 1st and 2nd ferment. Wish I could get some fizz. Any help would be appreciated.

    Response from CFH: Please contact us via Live Chat or email and we'd be happy to help!

  218. They never activated

    by KLSim on 03 Sat,2015

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    I tried two packages to rehydrate and then make the kefir. And both times it never fermented. The water after 3 days was still sweet and I never saw them bubble. Left it for 5 days and still wouldn't go. I use RO water, but added the trace minerals along with organic sugar. Nada. I even bought the plastic strainer. Kind of expensive to experiment with further.

    CFH Note ~ Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  219. ok, but not the best

    by zebsmom on 05 Thu,2014

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    As with the kombucha culture from Cultures for Heatlth, the water kefir grains were adequate. The take a whole lot more babying than cultures from other sources, and also take a whole lot longer than promised to become truly active. They're good, they're just not really happy cultures [at least all the ones I've purchased from this source]

    Response from CFH~ Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  220. Difficult to activate

    by kerala on 06 Thu,2014

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    My first attempt smells like rotten eggs and now they won't ferment at all. I may try this again but my first attempt was not successful.

    Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding any products. Some cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  221. Didn't work

    by CooknNuStuf on 02 Thu,2014

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    I tried making this three different times.
    1. It never made anything except sugar water.
    2. The grains never multiplied.
    What is left, I have in the frig, in water with
    sugar. Maybe when summer comes, it will work.

    Response from CFH: Finished water kefir may taste sweet, depending on culturing conditions and type of sugar used. Please contact Customer Support before discarding any cultures, as they can often be saved with minor adjustments.

  222. No luck

    by Julie on 10 Tue,2014

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    I'm a seasoned fermented foods maker (Kombucha, milk kefir, yogurt) who followed all the directions but didn't have any luck with the water kefir grains. I followed the directions very carefully and still have just sugar water. After consulting with the Cultures for Health chat feature, I discovered that I needed to rehydrate my cultures one more time, but even that didn't help. Perhaps it's because I ordered them in August? Maybe the heat during shipment killed the grains?

    Response from CFH: It is important that you contact us immediately if you are struggling to activate a culture. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  223. Good product high price

    by D on 04 Tue,2015

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    The product is good, but to high for what you get. If the price was a little lower I would deff tell my friends. I have also found good grains on amazon for much cheaper.

    CFH Note: ​Most of our customers feel our Milk Kefir Grains are a good value for the money. Our grains are grown by fermentation experts in a commercial kitchen that is inspected on a regular basis. We use quality ingredients and provide support along with extensive information and recipes. Our products are also regularly tested for pathogens to ensure quality. We hope you see the value in the products and services we provide .

  224. Waste of time

    by Eh? on 03 Mon,2014

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    All these water kefir grains did was produce jar after jar of nothing. The sugar water never fermented. Sometimes it looked like it was doing something, but after 48 hours of fermentation time each for eight times all I ever had was a jar of sugar water. Finally gave up.

    Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  225. water kefir grains not viable

    by none on 08 Sun,2014

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    I have had a lot of experience with kefir grains. Both here and Australia.
    These grains were not viable and after more than a week I threw them out.

    Response from CFH: Please contact Customer Support before discarding cultures. Some cultures are salvageable with minor adjustments.

  226. terrible

    by barb on 06 Mon,2015

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    I purchased water kefir grains, followed the instructions to rehydrate them, and began using them. They were very small grains to begin with and they never grew larger or even multiplied as they were supposed to. I contacted customer support, followed the instructions I was given to help the kefir grains thrive. It didn't work. I threw away that batch of grains.

    I ordered a second package of water kefir grains. Followed the instructions, and threw away those grains, too.

    My friend, in a different state, threw away her grains, as well.

    I now have different grains that were given to me from someone else. These grains are huge and they multiply like crazy. So, beware with this company's water kefir grains. There are very healthy grains available, but not from this company.

    I also asked customer service for a refund. None was given.

    Response from CFH: Please contact customer support before discarding any product. We can often save cultures with small adjustments to ingredients or process.

  227. Do not work

    by Doogle on 12 Tue,2013

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    The water grains did not work for me, even called Cultures and got further instructions. Actually I need to call Cultures again and ask for a refund....Thanks

    Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  228. tried twice

    by Marlon on 01 Tue,2014

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    I had a lot of trouble with this. I used coconut sugar in the first batch, which was not stated in the paper instructions to not use. Then I bought another set of grains and followed instructions exactly and it smelled really bad. :(

    Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments.

  229. Grains are not growing

    by bojo on 05 Sat,2015

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    While I am pleased with the taste of the water kefir I am not pleased with the results of dehydrated grains to start my culturing. Despite using several methods advocated on this site and others the grains are not growing thereby limiting the size batch I can make at one time. The grains continue to make good flavored batches just not enough for my family. Subsequent reading has on the internet warned not to use dehydrated grains for this reason.

    Response from CFH: While not all customers experience grain growth, many do. Our grains are dehydrated to keep the cultures alive yet dormant, to maintain their health and integrity during transit. It is for the safety of the grains as well as the customers and shipping carriers that we follow FDA regulations for shipment of live cultures.

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  • Organic sugar, live active cultures
  • This product contains no GMO ingredients.

 

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  • Manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy.
  • Non-GMO
  • Gluten-free

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  • From Sandy at 1/30/2016 8:46 AM
    • I bought the suggested minerals to add to my water as I only have access to Primo Water which I believe to be reverse osmosis. How many drops to a 3 cup batch do I need to add? Thank you!
    • The ratio is 5-10 drops per quart of water. For just 3 cups, try 3-4 drops.
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  • From Dana at 1/1/2016 2:30 PM
    • Do you get all the benefits from water kefir as you do from milk kefir? I am watching my calorie intake.
    • To abide by FDA regulations, we cannot comment on the benefits or side effects of consuming cultured foods and drinks. It's best to consult a medical or nutritional professional who knows you best. Both kefirs contain different strains of bacteria and yeast that can affect an individual differently from another person also consuming the same thing.
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  • From Denise S. at 12/3/2015 10:25 AM
  • From CJC at 11/5/2015 7:31 PM
    • Can I use turbinado cane sugar?
    • Turbinado is perfect for water kefir grains. If you are using well water or natural spring, you may need to be careful of the additional minerals (contact Customer Support if you have questions). You will find information about recommended ingredients here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-kefir-ingredients
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  • From Dawn Johnson at 10/29/2015 7:21 AM
    • I'm on my second round of making water kefir (first useable water after activating the grains). I have noticed what looks like slime in the water. Are the grains still good? And the first batch of water? What do I need to do from now? Thanks for your help.
    • The "slime" could be from an overabundance of minerals or a cross contamination issue. Please contact Customer Support for further assistance.
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  • From Eleanor at 10/26/2015 8:14 PM
    • Is it normal for the water kefir water to have a cheesy smell from the water kefir grains after the fourth fermentation?
    • A cheesy aroma or flavor is a little unusual for water kefir and normally indicates over culturing or culturing too long at a temperature that is too high. Cross contamination with other culturing foods should also be explored. Make sure that all of your culturing foods and beverages are at least 4 feet apart to minimize the risk of cross contamination. A gentle rinse rinse, a small handful of organic raisins (no sulfur, no oil) along with a small wedge of well-scrubbed organic lemon should resolve the issue. Please contact Customer Support for help.
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  • From TPT at 10/12/2015 10:38 PM
    • I have been making kefir with your kit, successfully. I'm wondering if I can use the milk kefir grains to make water kefir? Thanks in advance!
    • Milk kefir grains can be converted to process sugar to make water kefir but once converted, they will not longer make milk kefir. It is a great thing to try with extra milk kefir grains but be sure that you keep your primary milk kefir grains separate and well fed. You will find information about the conversion here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/convert-milk-kefir-grains
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  • From Veronica Erwin at 8/19/2015 7:55 PM
    • We love carbonated drinks and this would be great to have on hand. Is there even a touch of alcohol in the finished product? My husband is a recovered alcoholic and we cannot have him drink anything with alcohol in it. Thank you
    • All fermented foods have trace amounts of alcohol (it is a natural part of the process) but you can keep it to a minimal amount by not over culturing your water kefir, You might also want to store your finished kefir in the fridge after straining instead of completing a second ferment at room temperature. You will find additional information here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-kefir-frequently-asked-questions-faq

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  • From Lisa Davidson at 7/25/2015 2:27 PM
    • I notice a comment about how good the root beer is when made with water kefir. Do you know the recipe for the root beer? Thank you.
    • Water kefir root beer can be made in several ways. You can either add dried, chopped sarsaparilla root and dried, chopped sassafras root similar to this recipe: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/easy-lacto-fermented-root-beer-recipe/ or you can simply add root beer extract to your finished kefir, bottle it up and let it sit out for another 24 to 48 hours.
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  • From Lisa Davidson at 7/25/2015 2:18 PM
    • If this water kefir is supposed to be carbonated, I should make it in a tightly sealed container. But if I put it in a Grolsch-type bottle or in an empty plastic soda bottle, the neck is so narrow that I can't really get all the grains into it easily. So if I try to make it in a Mason jar, how much pressure can that jar take? I don't want it to explode. Thank you.
    • Water kefir can be carbonated but it usually requires a second fermentation in an airtight bottle. The first ferment with the grains is done in a jar with a coffee filter and rubber band to allow the CO2 to escape. The second ferment is done on the finished kefir. The airtight bottle traps the bubbles for a more fizzy kefir. Carbonation can be a bit of a science project, some batches are more fizzy than others but it is all delicious.
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