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Water Kefir

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Making water kefir at home doesn't have to be difficult - in fact, water kefir is one of the easiest beverages to make if you are just getting started culturing. You can learn to make homemade water kefir from our Cultures for Health team and other Real Food pros.

Water Kefir is a probiotic beverage made with water kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter culture. Water kefir grains can be used to culture sugar water, juice, or coconut water. A powdered kefir starter culture may also be used to culture coconut water or fruit juice.

Water kefir grains consist of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship. The term kefir grains describes the look of the culture only. Water kefir grains contain no actual "grains" such as wheat or rye.

Whether you want to add a probiotic kick to your drink or are looking for some flavor inspiration, we have a wide selection of expert advice articles, how-to videos, and recipes to help you make water kefir at home. Browse our expert advice below and remember...you can do this!

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  • Choosing A Water Source For Making Cultured & Fermented Foods

    Choosing A Water Source For Making Cultured & Fermented Foods

    Many fermented foods require water for the culturing process. Learn which factors to consider when choosing a water source.

  • Busting Water Kefir Myths

    Busting Water Kefir Myths

    From where water kefir grains come from to how water kefir is made to what exactly is in that final bottle of water kefir, there are many misconceptions when it comes to the probiotic drink known as water kefir. To better understand the how and what of water kefir, let’s take a closer look at some facts about this fizzy fermented drink. We'll bust some common myths and show you just how easy it is to make at home!

  • Water Kefir vs. Kombucha

    Water Kefir vs. Kombucha

    How is kombucha different from water kefir? Is one better than the other? We'll answer all of this plus give an overview of these fermented, bubbly drinks.

  • Milk Kefir vs. Water Kefir

    Milk Kefir vs. Water Kefir

    Did you know there are actually two types of kefir? Learn the differences between milk kefir and water kefir, choose your favorite, or enjoy both!

  • Choosing a Kefir Culture: Kefir Grains vs. Powdered Starter Culture

    Choosing a Kefir Culture: Kefir Grains vs. Powdered Starter Culture

    Are kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter the best option for making kefir at home? Learn about each type of culture to help you choose the one for you!

  • How To Make Kefir With A Direct-Set Starter Culture

    How To Make Kefir With A Direct-Set Starter Culture

    Learn to make kefir with a direct-set starter culture. Our step-by-step instructions make it easy to make Kefir at home using milk, juice, or coconut water.

  • Gluten-Free Sourdough Boosters

    Gluten-Free Sourdough Boosters

    Did you know you can use water kefir as a booster in gluten-free sourdough baking? Learn which boosters help with the leavening and texture of the bread.

  • Choosing Equipment For Making Water Kefir

    Choosing Equipment For Making Water Kefir

    Grab a jar, cover, and rubber band and you'll have all the water kefir supplies you need. Learn about your options for supplies and get started.

  • Why Did My Water Kefir Soda Explode?

    Why Did My Water Kefir Soda Explode?

    Sometimes you get more carbonation than you bargain for when bottling water kefir! Learn how to add carbonation without the mess!

  • Water Kefir: A Kid-Friendly Soda Alternative

    Water Kefir: A Kid-Friendly Soda Alternative

    Water kefir is one of the easiest cultured foods to get kids interested in. If your children love soda pop then they will love sweet and bubbly water kefir.

  • Water Kefir Lemonade

    Water Kefir Lemonade

    Water kefir lemonade is one of the easiest ways to flavor water kefir. Learn to make this refreshing probiotic lemonade to replace the super sweet version.

  • The Origin Of Water Kefir

    The Origin Of Water Kefir

    Where do water kefir grains come from? How do they work? Learn about the origin of water kefir and how to make this probiotic beverage at home.

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