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How to Make Water Kefir

Water kefir is not only easy to make, it is a delicious, probiotic-rich, dairy-free beverage your whole family will enjoy.

These instructions utilize the traditional starter culture known as Water Kefir Grains. To use a powdered Kefir Starter Culture, consult our article on How to Make Kefir with Direct-set Starter Culture


How to Make Water Kefir


  • One glass jar
  • One plastic or wood stirring utensil 
  • One towel or paper coffee filter to use as a covering for the jar
  • A fine mesh strainer for removing the kefir grains from the finished kefir


Please note, if your water kefir grains are in a dehydrated state, click here to learn how to activate the grains prior to making water kefir.


  1. Heat 3-4 cups water. To make larger batches, use up to 8 cups water.
  2. Pour into glass jar.
  3. Dissolve ¼ cup cane sugar per quart of water.
  4. Cool to 68°-85°F.
  5. Add water kefir grains.
  6. Cover with a coffee filter or cloth secured by a rubber band
  7. Place in a warm spot, 68°-85°F, for 24-48 hours.
  8. After culturing is complete, prepare a new batch of sugar water, (steps 1-4 above).
  9. Separate kefir grains from the finished water kefir.
  10. Place kefir grains in the new batch of sugar water.
  11. The finished water kefir is now ready to consume, flavor, or store in the refrigerator. 


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How to Make Water Kefir

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