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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 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
  • 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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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)

Okay Review by Laney
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This one isn't working so great for me. I follow the instructions, but it takes about 4-5 days for it stop tasting so sweet. Not sure if I'm doing something wrong, but I am following the instructions exactly. It's on the same counter as my Viili yogurt which is easily culturing in 12-14 hours and my milk kefir which is also culturing in about 12-16 hours. But, I'm still using it and making water kefir and trying to get healthy! :)

Response from CFH: Water Kefir is a naturally sweet beverage. We recommend keeping at least 4 feet between cultures when at room temperature.

(Posted on 4/20/2015)

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)

Good Product Review by Henny
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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.

(Posted on 2/2/2015)

BEST WAY TO RID YOURSELF OF SODA!!! Review by Julie
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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.

(Posted on 1/31/2015)

Awesome product Review by CMT
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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!

(Posted on 1/30/2015)

water kifer Review by baconia
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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.

(Posted on 1/24/2015)

Always as described, never a bad batch Review by danglero
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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!

(Posted on 1/24/2015)

carbonating Review by mike
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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.

(Posted on 1/18/2015)



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