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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 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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  • From dana daydodge at 1/11/2015 9:42 AM
    • I would love to make kefir water for the probiotics but I have issues with fructose. Is there a lot of fructose in the kefir water or just minimal? Does anyone else have this issue?
    • Finished water kefir does contain fructose. Due to the nature of living cultures, each batch will be slightly different and there is no way to predict how much sugar will remain after fermentation.
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  • From Amy at 1/5/2015 4:31 AM
    • When making a new batch of kefir water is it best to use a clean jar or is it okay to just reuse the same jar that the grains were in?
    • It is best to use a clean jar for each batch.
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  • From Cendrine at 12/3/2014 7:44 PM
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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)

very good product Review by Karina
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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!

(Posted on 4/25/2015)

Happy with the products. Review by Alex
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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.

(Posted on 4/24/2015)

Awesome! Review by Janet
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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.

(Posted on 4/8/2015)

Good product high price Review by D
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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 .

(Posted on 4/6/2015)

Love this stuff! Review by Mommom
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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.

(Posted on 4/4/2015)

Better than I expected! Made product with a workshop and everyone loved it! Review by Tootie
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I purchased this product with the Kit as well, plus the rice sourdough starter kit. I love your products!

(Posted on 4/2/2015)

Water Kefir Grains Review by SandiP
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I love this stuff, and its so easy ! I'm starting to experiment with different flavors now.

(Posted on 4/1/2015)

They never activated Review by KLSim
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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.

(Posted on 3/28/2015)

Yes, yes, a million times yes! Review by Mike
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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.

(Posted on 3/22/2015)

Really noticing the health benefits Review by ADK Farmer Dan
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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!

(Posted on 3/5/2015)

FAST EXCELLENT SUPER Review by chasingflowers
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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 :)

(Posted on 2/13/2015)

need help with getting some fizz Review by n/a
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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!

(Posted on 2/6/2015)



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