Water Kefir Grains

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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.

 

Ingredients: Water kefir grains, organic rapadura sugar, filtered water

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:

Packaged in a facility that also manufactures products made with wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and fish.

 

       
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 Cendrine at 12/3/2014 7:44 PM
  • From Allison at 11/20/2014 7:11 AM
    • I read in the kefir e-book that different ferments need to be at least 4 feet apart. Does this apply to water kefir and milk kefir or can they be closer together?

      I'd like to get some water kefir grains but I have very limited counter space and I have a big batch of Kraut and milk kefir going right now. . .thanks for the push into more fermenting!
    • Yes, milk kefir and water kefir must also be kept at least 4 feet apart. A cupboard or a nice quiet corner of your living room or dining room might be a good place for new water kefir grains!
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  • From Jeanie at 11/15/2014 10:38 PM
    • How do I store the strained kefir grains in order to share them or re-use them? How long are they active without being re-cultured
    • Although we do not recommend frequent storage breaks in the fridge, you can store grains in the fridge in the same solution as you would a normal brew: 1 quart water per 1/4 cup cane sugar. Put a lid on top, and it can safely sit in the fridge for up to 3 weeks. If you need longer than that, change the sugar water and again store them for 3 more weeks. No more than 6 weeks though, as they must get back to work.

      It's preferable and healthier for the water kefir grains to be cultured continuously, in 24 to 48 hour brews.
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  • From cathy at 11/14/2014 1:03 PM
    • Can I use honey and fresh squeezed ginger juice with the water kefir grains? Will fermentation lead to alcohol? How much honey can I use per liter of water (assuming I can use honey)? How long should I ferment in cold weather?
    • The only time we recommend an additive in with the grains is in the case of treating a yeasty smelling kefir, in which you add a well cleaned/scrubbed (no soap) slice of lemon. An occasional handful of raisins can be beneficial for minerals, but that is it. We do not advise honey in with the grains.

      Yes, all fermentation if left long enough will lead to some amount of alcohol, but normally it is a pretty small percentage.

      With colder weather, you're going to have to ensure your water kefir grains can stay consistently at 70-77ºF, or they will not work properly or at all. See here for help: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/cold-weather-winter-care-starter-cultures-foods
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  • From Sophia Hung at 10/30/2014 7:42 PM
    • Hi, I just activated my kefir yesterday, and I used gauze with rubber band to cover it, however today I found the top layer of the water had some tiny fibers ,and I believed that came from the gauze....do I need to change the whole water? If I use parchment paper with rubber band to cover it, ist ok? Does kefir need oxygen? How do I know if the kefir is activated? Thank you.
    • The gauze should work well and rinsing it before use might help remove any stray fibers. Coffee filters also work very well without any lint or fibers. Use a small nylon mesh strainer to remove the fibers or rinse your grains before starting your new batch. We recommend using a loose fitting lid, coffee filter or tea towel for first fermentation to allow the carbon dioxide to escape. Depending on the temperature in your culturing area, your kefir grains will be active in 3 to 5 days and the grains will begin processing the sugar. You will know the grains are working by the flavor of your finished kefir. It should be slightly sweet with a lightly fermented (tangy, sour) flavor.
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  • From Tony at 10/23/2014 1:25 PM
    • Amazon has water kefir grains for 1/3 the price here. What makes your kefir grains worth the extra money.
    • We produce our grains in a certified kitchen with organic rapadura sugar and top-quality water. We then send random samples of our product for testing by an independent lab to ensure their safety. When the grains are ready, we carefully dehydrate them to ensure they are not damaged during shipping. And finally, we offer full support for all of our cultures. Our experienced staff is available by phone, email and chat.
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  • From Ann J at 9/28/2014 6:40 PM
    • I'm concerned about the safety of the second fermentation -- what prevents botulism or other toxic organisms in the anaerobic (sealed lid) phase?

      Also, how much do I need to worry about bottles exploding?
    • Pathogens will not exist in competition with the good bacteria in the finished water kefir, provided it has been appropriately cultured in the first ferment and stored in the second ferment. When there is an abundance of good bacteria versus bad bacteria, the good will win.

      You do need to always check your bottles for cracks before you use them. Most people successfully do second ferments with no issues, but it does happen on occasion that a bottle will have problems. Ferment for only 1-3 days, taking note of warmer temperatures during the late spring and summer months. The same juice or fruit you ferment for flavoring with in the winter for 2-3 days may only take 1-2 days in the warmer months. Please contact Customer Support for more assistance.
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  • From Ann at 8/16/2014 6:52 PM
    • If I purchase water kefir grains during the summer, will the hot weather hurt them during shipment?
    • The cultures should be fine during shipping. We do send you an e-mail with tracking information once the package leaves our warehouse, so that you'll have an idea of when to expect delivery. Although most carriers are usually accurate, there have been occasions of packages arriving earlier than the estimated date, so be sure to check before as well. The best thing to do is get the cultures in the refrigerator as soon as possible after delivery. Avoid allowing the package to sit in a hot mailbox or out in the sun all day. Maybe have a neighbor pick up the package, have it shipped to your workplace, or even leave a cooler out for the mail carrier, as some customers do. We do not offer refrigerated shipping, but we do ship all over the country, year round, and have very few failures due to heat. Of course, if you have any problems with your culture, we ask that you contact our customer support for assistance.
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  • From Bryan at 7/11/2014 12:29 AM
    • Many places on the web state that adding vanilla extract for the second ferment will give a Cream Soda taste to the kefir. Am I wrong in thinking that the alcohol in the extract would kill off the probiotics in the kefir?
    • The amount of vanilla used is small, but may harm some of the bacteria. Using an alcohol free vanilla extract would be the best choice.
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  • From Diane at 7/4/2014 3:21 AM
    • I have some water kefir grains which I bought recently and have been using for about 10 days. They seem to have gone quite mad and have multiplied beyond anything I was expecting! I've tried eating some of them, but they still seem to be multiplying. Even after eating half of them, I've still got about 10 times what I started with. Is this normal? The water kefir they are producing looks and tastes fine, by the way.
    • Some people experience a lot of grain growth and reproduction, others do not. Both extremes and everything between is "normal". The important thing is that they are making delicious kefir. You can dehydrate some of your extra grains to save as a backup, blend them up in a smoothie, mix them in with the soil for plants, compost them or share them with your friends.
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Very Good Review by sara
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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.

(Posted on 12/12/2014)

I'm working on mine Review by none
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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.

(Posted on 12/11/2014)

Very pleased Review by queensyb
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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.

(Posted on 12/11/2014)

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

(Posted on 11/15/2014)

Water Kefir Grains Review by Henny
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Thanks to all your help my kefir grains are working great.

(Posted on 11/14/2014)

I'm Hooked!!!!!!! Review by Lee
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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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(Posted on 11/14/2014)

Great Drinks full of Probiotics! Review by Mimi321
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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.

(Posted on 11/14/2014)

great money saver Review by jean
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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!

(Posted on 11/13/2014)

Good Quality Review by Molly
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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 :)

(Posted on 11/11/2014)

Wise investment. Review by Peggy
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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.

(Posted on 11/7/2014)

Great! Review by Leslie
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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.

(Posted on 11/6/2014)

Delicious and Healthy! Review by Elaine, R.N.
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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!

(Posted on 11/5/2014)

Love it! Review by Debbie
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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!

(Posted on 11/1/2014)

request to review your product. (Water Kefir) Review by Penni
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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.

(Posted on 10/31/2014)

water kefir Review by Retalou
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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.

(Posted on 10/24/2014)

Awesome support, Awesome Grains Review by daniel
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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.

(Posted on 10/23/2014)

Terrific!!!!!! Review by ellen
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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!

(Posted on 10/15/2014)

Water Kefir Grains Review by Henny
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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

(Posted on 10/14/2014)

Unbelievably Easy! Review by daisy
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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.

(Posted on 10/9/2014)

No luck Review by Julie
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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.

(Posted on 10/7/2014)



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