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Water Kefir Starter Kit

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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!

  • Rehydration period of 3-5 days required before regular use.
  • Reusable culture; makes up to 2 quarts water kefir with every batch.
  • 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 Starter Kit Contents:

  

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


Water Kefir Grains 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.

 

       
Jerri  

Why I Love This Product

I like this product simply because it makes my kids giddy to see carbonation and fizz. When too much pressure builds up, the kids are excited to open bottles and see the water kefir explode out of the bottle, as well as where the flip tops land! But better than that, I am thrilled to know they are getting probiotic benefits when they enjoy a glass of water kefir. We like ours to be as fizzy as possible, so we leave it on the counter until we are ready to drink it. Since we prefer our drinks cold, we solve the issue of room-temperature water kefir by pouring it over frozen blueberries… just using ice would eventually dilute the water kefir, but blueberries make for a delicious treat at the bottom of the glass! Jerri, Customer Support Representative

 

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  • From joe at 1/26/2015 10:50 AM
    • How many carbs does an 8 oz glass of water kefir contain?
    • I'm sorry, there is no way to accurately measure the different nutritional components in our products, as they are not standardized and each home kitchen keeper is going to have different processes etc. to get their end product. The exact amount of any specific nutrient will vary greatly depending on length of time culturing, product being cultured, temperature, and dozens of other variables.
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  • From audrey at 12/28/2014 12:15 PM
    • I'd never made Kefir and would like to try coconut kefir. Do I just need store bought Coconut water? What kind of container do I need? Thanks so much. Audrey
    • The grains need to be rehydrated in sugar water and must go back into sugar water to refresh but they will make delicious coconut water kefir with either fresh or boxed coconut water. Try to find a brand that is the most natural to avoid exposing the grains to harmful additives. Glass canning jars work very well for making water kefir.
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  • From Carrie at 7/11/2014 4:07 PM
    • I noticed you say your Water Kefir is described as gluten-free, but I also see it's processed in a facility that also processes wheat. Can you describe how you ensure that the water kefir is gluten-free? Do you test the gluten content? I am very interested in this product but I get very ill from very small amounts of gluten. Thanks.
    • We are required by law to state that we produce our cultures in a facility that also processes other allergens. Our water kefir grains are grown with water and sugar only, in a building with kombucha and milk kefir. They are kept in a separate room. Our sourdoughs are in a completely different facility. Strict sanitation practices are observed at all times with our supplies, equipment, and staff.
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  • From cami at 6/28/2014 11:53 AM
    • Can you switch the feed from sugar to molasses after initial startup?
    • Molasses is not the appropriate food for water kefir grains and would be too hard on the grains. Stick with cane sugar and add up to 1/2 teaspoon of molasses per 1/4 cup cane sugar, but only if mineral supplementation is necessary.
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  • From Bryan at 6/24/2014 5:55 AM
    • If I use distilled water with Sucanat, will I still need the mineral drops?

      Thank you.
    • Although the grains will survive with the nutrients and minerals in the Sucanat, occasional use of the drops would act as a welcome mineral boost for the grains. They are not absolutely necessary, as you can use other sources of mineralization: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-kefir-ingredients
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  • From Ginger at 5/16/2014 4:53 PM
    • How long can the grains stay dehydrated before being activated? Thanks.
    • Dried water kefir grains keep:
      room temperature (68° to 78°F) 12 to 18 months
      refrigerator (40° to 45°F) 18+ months

      Freezing is not recommended!
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  • From Carrye Williams at 2/18/2014 3:40 PM
    • How about alkaline water (Kangen)? It's processed through a machine but I'm not sure what that entails. Thanks.
    • Water that has been treated to alkalinize it or to change its structure is not suitable for culturing. Culturing involves a precise interaction of bacteria and the food being cultured. If water is part of that culturing process, the natural structure and balance of the water should not be altered. If your water treatment unit has a setting for "clean water" that does not change the pH and does not alter the water structure, but merely filters out contaminants, then the water can be used for culturing.
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  • From Melinda at 1/17/2014 8:42 PM
    • How do these work with fluoridated city water? The filter on our refrigerator is broken, so all we use right now is tap water. I know it is chlorinated and fluoridated.
    • Fluoridated water will not work with cultured foods and is likely to harm the kefir grains. Unfortunately, fluoride is fairly difficult to remove from water even with a standard refrigerator filter. If your tap water is treated with chlorine and fluoride, it is best to purchase water. A store brand spring water sold in the gallon jugs is usually an acceptable solution. If you have further questions about choosing water for your cultures, please see our article: http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-source-making-cultured-fermented-food/
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  • From Gill Hayes at 1/17/2014 4:55 PM
    • How much water kefir water do you recommend I take each time, ie twice per day?
    • I'm sorry, but that is a question we cannot answer and is better asked of your healthcare professional or a licensed nutritionist. To stay in compliance with federal law, we cannot give out medical advice or speculate on the potential health benefits of our products.
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  • From Nettie at 12/2/2013 8:05 PM
    • Could you use agave syrup for the sugar?
    • Agave nectar is not a good choice as it will not nourish your grains. You may get a good fermentation from it, but the grains need the nutrients from cane sugar and the water to grow and reproduce. Cane sugar gives the best results for water kefir.
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Awesome product Review by Lisa
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All my kids love the kefir water. They call it soda pop and drink whatever I make within one day. The instructions were easy to follow and I have made several times over and can do it in my sleep. My families favorite flavor is the vanilla. It tastes like cream soda and it is so easy to do.

(Posted on 3/1/2015)

So Much FUN Review by SandiePink
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I am having SO MUCH FUN with my Water Kefir! I am VEGAN - so was excited to see that there was a 'water' kefir starter kit! and my husband won't even try any of MY foods - but he is having the water kefir with me EVERY night! :-) :-) I love the strainer - and I also later bought 4 of the flip top bottles, which I really like also.

(Posted on 2/24/2015)

Makes It So Easy! Review by Steph
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We've been enjoying kefir off and on for nearly ten years with grains we've sourced for free locally and through the mail. I finally decided to buy grains and I do not regret it.

Though they do not seem to be multiplying after several weeks, they are otherwise doing quite well and we are very happy with the fizzy finished product after a second fermentation.

Everyone in the family loves to drink the water kefir and my 3- and 7-year olds beg for more!

(Posted on 2/19/2015)

Really great! Review by Nanette
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We've had a lot of fun with this one. Kids like to invent flavors. We all drink it every day.

(Posted on 2/18/2015)

Excellent cultures for making water kefir Review by Garden Valley Homestead
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The kefir "grains" arrived quickly by mail, packaged well. I rehydrated them right away and started making water kefir! I've had no problems.

(Posted on 2/16/2015)

Overall wonderful Kefir! Review by skeletor807
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We made water kefir for the first time two weeks ago and everything turned out great. The directions are very clear on every step that you need to do and are very easy to follow. Our family didn't take very well to milk kefir and I wanted a healthy drink alternative to commercial sodas and fruit drinks. Water kefir fits the bill. It is so easy to make and is easy to flavor. Our family of six goes through about 1.5 gallons a week. The kids love coming up with new flavors and whether it should be spritzy or not. I will definitely buy any fermenting starters or supplies from Cultures for Health in the future.

(Posted on 2/12/2015)

Wow! Review by Scientist
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I was really reluctant to try making water kefir and wanted to start with a great product so that I would have a chance at succeeding. And I have been very successful!!! Even my husband loves my kefir. We laughingly and lovingly refer to it as my "science project" cause it seems like I'm always whipping up a new batch and trying new flavors!!! Great product! Great company! Great prices! Who could ask for anything more?

(Posted on 2/1/2015)

Its a starter kit Review by bobber
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My only concern to date is that the grains are not growing and multiplying as fast as the ones I used to have. Other than that, it is what I expected.

(Posted on 12/30/2014)

Excellent product and quick service. Review by Ted
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I have tried other water kefir products but this is the best I have found. I have recommended this to my friends.

(Posted on 12/9/2014)

good stuff Review by simplyvowens
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we tried making kombucha but my husband didn't really like it. i bought some grape water kefir ($6 per bottle!!) and he liked it. So, here we are. We just started with water kefir and we are experimenting with different juices and second ferments. That's what makes it so good. Also, To make it a bit fizzy, make sure that your second bottle is as close to full as possible, with a bit of room at the top.
If you notice that it 'upsets your stomach' back off a bit and increase slowly.

(Posted on 12/6/2014)

Excellent Review by SMyles
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This kit was amazing. It arrived quickly,and, thanks to the clear instructions, I was able to get it up and running quickly. Never having had water kefir before, I was unsure of whether I would, in fact, like it....and I do...Thanks for the ideas of ways to serve it...I've had fun experimenting!! Ordering a kit for my daughter now!!

(Posted on 11/27/2014)

Waiting to start making water kefir on thanksgiving week. Review by Coro
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I am planning to start rehydrating the grains soon. I hope all goes well.

CFH note ~ Start rehydrating your grains early and enjoy these delicious flavors! http://www.culturesforhealth.com/ten-ways-to-flavor-water-kefir

(Posted on 11/12/2014)

Great experience! Review by Coro
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I am having fun learning how to make kefir and how to care for the grains. So far my family is enjoying the new kefir recipes and it is so good for you!

(Posted on 11/12/2014)

Great Review by Charlie
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Wonderful product and quick efficient delivery. We are enjoying it every day. Love to try variations, lemon/lime, grape (juice), lemonade and creme soda. Also love the tutorials available here.

(Posted on 11/11/2014)

Better than probiotics! Review by Wanda
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I bought these for my daughter who was in need of probiotics. It was gonna cost me 50.00 to get her some pills to do her for one month! She showed me kefir grains and I saw the price. The best thing is you can reuse it and it grows if you want more or want to give it to someone. They shipped well and they work well. I used Turbinado sugar and 2 drops of trace minerals per batch and they have grown since I had them. I am glad I made this purchase.

(Posted on 11/11/2014)

Great Groovy Grains Review by Dotty
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My Kefir grains are going to town! Took only a day or two to rehydrate and have been making water kefir ever since. I'm alternating between sucanant and organic cane sugar (which I like best), with a second 1-day fermentation flavored with fresh lemon or lime juice. Lots of fizz and a good flavor. Love the strainer (which I use for milk kefir too) and additional instructions included in the kit.

(Posted on 11/7/2014)

Love this product. Quality grains and clear instructions for the beginner. Review by elizabeth
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This was my first time making kefir water and I am very happy with this product. The instructions were very easy to follow with trouble-shooting information which was so helpful. I have been making kefir water for about a month and a half now and each batch has turned out great. I used the recipes in the booklet as a guide and even my 7 year old loves to drink his kefir each morning! Great way to increase probiotics in our diet naturally while avoiding dairy and expensive supplements.

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

Fabulous quality! Review by Kimberly
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Received the grains just before a ten day out of town trip. Left them in the fridge for about 12 days before I had time to get them going for activation. They were fluffy and active in just under three days! Always great quality from Cultures for Health.

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

Excellent Taste! Review by Cathy
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My 1st experience with Water Kefir. I'm hooked. I can't wait to start experimenting with other flavors.

(Posted on 10/23/2014)

Amazingly Easy and So Good Review by Jen
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I'd never had kefir before but wanted a dairy free option and something a little easier than kombucha as a first step into this world of culturing. I love it! I have tried a few different flavoring options. My favorites so far are vanilla (cream soda) and adding lemon juice to make "kefir lemonade". This was amazingly easy to get the hang of and I can't believe how delicious it is!

(Posted on 10/20/2014)



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