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Water Kefir Grains

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Water Kefir Grains Starter Culture

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Water kefir grains create a carbonated lacto-fermented beverage from sugar water, fruit juice, or coconut water. Incredibly easy to use, the starter culture can create a new batch of water kefir every 24-48 hours. 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. Your family will love it!

  • Contains 1 packet of traditional heirloom-style water kefir grains.
  • Rehydration period of 3-5 days required before regular use.
  • Reusable culture; makes up to 2 quarts water kefir with every batch.
  • Instructions for using water kefir grains are included.
  • Cultures on the counter at 68°-85°F.
  • May be used to culture sugar water, fruit juice, and coconut water.
  • Finished water kefir (not grains) may be used to culture non-dairy milks, for a non-dairy milk kefir alternative.

 

Water Kefir Grains Instructions and Troubleshooting:  


Ingredients: Organic sugar, Live active cultures

This product contains no GMO ingredients.

Shipping 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


Allergen Information:

Our Water Kefir Grains are a gluten-free product. They are manufactured in a facility that also produces products containing soy and dairy.


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

 

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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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  • From Liz at 6/30/2015 12:00 AM
    • can you use the grains in juice rather than sugar water? I find the sugar water too sweet. How do I know that the all sugar has been eaten - I don't want to be drinking sugar water. If i leave it longer will there be less sugar?
    • The grains can be used in some kinds of juice (apple and grape work well) but they should go back into sugar water to refresh. If your sugar water kefir is too sweet, allow it culture longer and test again. We do not recommend a culturing time longer than 72 hours. If your kefir is still sweet after 72 hours, you may need to find a slightly warmer location for culturing which would allow the grains to process the sugar more quickly.
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  • From Carrie at 6/17/2015 7:55 PM
    • Can you add fruit like berries to the first ferment?
    • Fresh fruit and berries are wonderful for flavoring a second ferment but most fresh fruit and berries should be avoided during the first fermentation. A small wedge of lemon and small handful of organic raisins (no sulfur, no oil) can be a wonderful nutrient boost for the grains.
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  • From Susan at 6/4/2015 10:35 AM
    • My kefir grains have taken on a black hue. They are still plump, translucent, and otherwise seem healthy. My water kefir smells and tastes the same as when the grains were clear. I put the kefir grains in our well water, which has a high iron and mineral content. The kefir grains turned black at a point when our water softener had run out of salt for a few days. Is it possible they picked up some of the added minerals in our water? Are they still safe to use?
    • I would guess that yes, your grains picked up things from the water. It is not normal for grains to turn black, so it's advisable to get new grains. If they are still making water kefir for you, you could try to culture them several more batches in a bottled spring water to see if their color changes back while still producing good kefir. Contact us for further troubleshooting.
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  • From Julie S at 4/20/2015 8:43 PM
    • My last two brews, I've noticed black very small bugs on the top of the water. They don't seem to be moving, but they resemble ants. How can I get rid of them? When I'm culturing the kefir, I have it covered with a thin dish towel and a rubber band around the rim of the jar.

    • To be safe, we recommend discarding the water kefir and grains and starting again with fresh grains. Coffee filters or paper towels with rubber bands work well to cover the jar. The "weave" is very tight and will not allow anything into the jar and they are disposable so you can start with a new cover with each fresh batch.
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  • From Shelley at 3/11/2015 2:33 PM
    • Can you use structured water with water kefir grains?
    • No, do not use any water where the chemical structure has been altered. Use filtered tap water that has no chlorine, chloramine, or fluoride in it. Or, use bottled water such as spring, distilled, or drinking. You can also use well water.
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  • From Kristi at 3/4/2015 6:28 AM
    • How much sugar is remaining after the fermentation is finished? Can I use Coconut sugar for this and is less sugar remaining the longer it is fermented? Thank you!
    • The amount of sugar that remains at the end of the fermentation process depends largely on the culturing time and temperature. Higher temperatures (within range) will require less time to ferment but over culturing kefir repeatedly can be very stressful for the grains. The finished kefir should be lightly sweet with a slightly tangy flavor depending on the type of sugar you use. Coconut sugar is not recommended as the primary source of food for the grains. You will find information about sugar here: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-kefir-ingredients
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  • From Carla Grimm at 2/21/2015 3:40 PM
    • Can I make this with coconut water and omit the sugar?
    • Water kefir must be nourished by the nutrients in water and cane sugar. You can culture coconut water, alternating every other batch with sugar water, to keep the grains healthy and alive!
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great!!!! Review by Yehuda
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Easy to make. totally Satisfied

(Posted on 8/27/2015)

Great Product Review by Christine
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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!

(Posted on 8/26/2015)

doing great Review by Pete
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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?

(Posted on 8/17/2015)

Worked out great Review by Satisfied Customer
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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!

(Posted on 8/17/2015)

Excellent product Review by Charity
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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!

(Posted on 8/16/2015)

Love it! Review by DB
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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.

(Posted on 8/12/2015)

Overall Greatness! Review by Jimsonrat
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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.

(Posted on 8/10/2015)

Favorable Review by Bruce
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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.

(Posted on 8/1/2015)

Having fun! Look forward to success with carbonation Review by Dianne
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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. :-)

(Posted on 7/30/2015)

I love my grains Review by Mrno
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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!

(Posted on 7/23/2015)

Great product! Review by Karki Health
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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!

(Posted on 7/13/2015)

works great! Review by Melodee
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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.

(Posted on 7/8/2015)

Love Wate Kefir Review by Brenda Nolan
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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

(Posted on 6/28/2015)

I love this stuff Review by Joshua
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So easy to make and so versatile!!!!!

(Posted on 6/20/2015)

As promised, great product Review by granola mom
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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.

(Posted on 6/12/2015)

terrible Review by barb
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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.

(Posted on 6/1/2015)

Good product Review by KG
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My grains are happily growing and producing great fizz!

(Posted on 5/28/2015)

So Far, So Good Review by mj
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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.

(Posted on 5/19/2015)

Grains are not growing Review by bojo
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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.

(Posted on 5/9/2015)

Waiting to Grow enough for 1-2 gal. Review by Cynthia
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I like to make gingerale with it. So much better than store bought. ☺

(Posted on 4/25/2015)



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