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How to Activate Water Kefir Grains

Our Water Kefir Grains are sold in a dehydrated state, so that they are shelf-stable and safe for shipping.

Prior to making water kefir, the grains must be fully activated, as shown in the video below, and as outlined in the included instructions. 

Use only cane sugar for making water kefir. Prior to transferring grains to coconut water or fruit juice, make sure the grains are fully activated and making good water kefir using sugar water.


How to Activate Water Kefir Grains


  • Glass jar
  • A non-metal stirring utensil
  • A breathable cover for the jar such as a tight-weave towel, paper towel, or paper coffee filter
  • A rubber band to secure the cover to the jar
  • fine mesh plastic strainer for removing the water kefir grains from the finished water kefir

Ingredients: Consult our article on Choosing the Best Water Kefir Ingredients, for more information.


  1. Heat 3-4 cups water.
  2. Pour into glass jar.
  3. Dissolve ¼ cup cane sugar in the water.
  4. Cool to 68°-85°F.
  5. Empty entire packet of dehydrated water kefir grains into cooled sugar water.
  6. Cover with a coffee filter or cloth, secured by a rubber band.
  7. Place in a warm spot, 68°-85°F, for 3-5 days.
  8. After 5 days grains should be plump and translucent. They are now ready to make water kefir. Strain the sugar water off and discard it. 

Once your water kefir grains are rehydrated, click here to learn How to Make Water Kefir.

How to Activate Water Kefir Grains

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