Water Kefir Grains

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Originating in Mexico, water kefir grains (also known as sugar kefir grains) allow for the fermentation of sugar water or juice to create a carbonated lacto-fermented beverage. Incredibly easy to brew, the starter culture can create a new batch of kefir every 24 to 48 hours. This makes a fantastic non-dairy alternative to milk kefir and can be flavored after brewing to make a variety of delicious sodas. If you are looking to replace soda pop, your family will love it!

  • Traditional heirloom-style kefir culture (called "grains" due to appearance); not a powdered starter culture
  • Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan
  • Reusable culture; makes a new batch of kefir every 24 to 48 hours
  • With proper care, the culture can be used indefinitely to create delicious probiotic-rich kefir
  • Cultures on the counter at 68°-85°F, no heating appliance required
  • Can be used with sugar water, fruit juice, and coconut water


Description: Kefir consists of lactic acid bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship. The benefits are similar to those of milk kefir (dairy kefir) but the average person will be able to consume larger amounts of it due to its water base. Click here for information on the numerous strains of yeast and bacteria generally known to comprise water kefir grains.

Please note: kefir grains may or may not multiply due to a number of factors but they can be used repeatedly to create wonderful carbonated beverages.

Ways to Use Water Kefir


Ingredients: Water kefir grains, organic rapadura (sugar), water.

Water kefir grains are produced in a facility that also processes dairy, soy, wheat, nut, and fish products. Water kefir grains are a vegan starter culture (no animal byproducts).

Shipping Information: Water kefir grains are shipped as a starter culture in a dehydrated state in a barrier-sealed packet and must be rehydrated prior to use. Please keep in a cool dry place until you are ready to make your first batch of kefir. 

Each Packet of Water Kefir Starter Grains Contains: 2 teaspoons live active kefir grains in a dehydrated state (will rehydrate to 3 to 4 tablespoons of grains; sufficient to yield 1 to 2 quarts of kefir every 24 to 48 hours).

Detailed culturing instructions will be included with your order and can be found here.

Learn More about Making Kefir:

 

       
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 Jill G at 12/28/10 1:02 PM
    • What kind of bacteria will my finished kefir contain after using your water kefir grains?
    • We do not test individual batches of water kefir grains for yeast and bacteria content, therefore we cannot make any guarantees to the exact probiotic makeup any particular set of water kefir grains sold on our website. However, the following link contains a list of the major species of active bacteria and yeasts that are generally found in water kefir:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/water-kefir-grains-composition-bacteria-yeast/

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  • From wendy at 1/23/11 9:29 PM
    • Hi-
      My son has multiple food allergies. Are these processed with nuts, eggs, milk or casein?
      Thank you
    • Our water kefir grains are processed without any nuts, eggs, milk, or casein, However, we are required to inform our customers that they are processed in a facility that may also be used to process nuts, eggs, milk, soy, or casein.

      We believe our water kefir is very clean and pure, but if you have severe allergies to any of these products, you may wish to purchase from another source.
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  • From Kika at 2/17/11 3:59 PM
    • Do I need to purchase special grains for water kefir or can my milk kefir grains adapt to use for water kefir?
    • It is possible to convert milk kefir grains to survive in and culture water, but they will not produce exactly the same result as true water kefir grains. Water grains can not be converted to milk kefir grains, however.
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  • From Shirley at 2/23/11 7:14 AM
    • Is there more then one starter is this box? If I do not continue or lose my first batch can I start fresh without purchasing again?
      Thank you,
      Shirley
    • The packet contains enough grains to culture 1 to 2 quarts of water after rehydration. Theoretically, you can reuse these grains indefinitely. With care, they will often reproduce so you eventually have enough grains to culture more sugar water at a time, or even to give to friends.

      If you need to take a short break, you can put them in a jar of sugar water and keep them in the refrigerator for a few weeks. If you need a longer break, we have instructions on how to dry them for long-term storage:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir/
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  • From jackie at 3/2/11 5:24 PM
    • so can you use these for coconut water kefir? what is the difference in the end product when using kefir grains for (coconut) water as opposed to water grains?

      thanks!
    • Water kefir grains may be used to culture sugar water, coconut water, or fruit juice. The grains consume the sugars contained in each liquid. Most of the nutritional content of the finished product will be the same as in the original liquid. The kefir grains contribute the probiotics, which should be about the same in the finished kefir from any of the liquids.
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  • From Jill G at 4/20/11 6:24 AM
    • 3 questions:

      1) Does the facility where the grains are processed also process grains or wheat? Is it a gluten-free facility?

      2) I see your grains are vegan & not animal based. I have a ton of food sensitivities ranging from mild to severe & am wondering if you could please state what vegan foods are used to create your grains?

      3) Are these grains made from organic foods only? Are there any chemicals used in their processing (I also have chemical sensitivities which is why I ask)?

      Thank you for your help. I haved loved your water kefir in the past & would like to reintroduce into my diet again but need to make sure I am doing so safely considering my many food sensitivities / allergies.

      Jill G
    • We are required by law to state that our products are processed in a facility that may also process foods containing allergens such as wheat, dairy, shellfish, etc. However, our equipment is dedicated, and we are very meticulous about cleanliness.

      The amount of exposure to allergens would be similar to if you ate in a restaurant where those foods were also served, or if you shopped in a supermarket where those foods were also sold.

      Water kefir is made with very few ingredients and no additives. We use non-chlorinated water and organic sugar to grow the water kefir grains. The grains themselves are a simple polysaccharide with a symbiotic matrix of yeast and bacteria.
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  • From Marthe at 4/23/11 9:29 PM
    • Can I use water kefir with unsweetened coconut milk?
    • For coconut milk, you are better off using milk kefir grains. (Milk kefir grains will need to be refreshed occasionally with dairy milk.) If you want to avoid milk entirely, try water kefir grains with coconut water.
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  • From Amy at 4/26/11 12:39 PM
    • When I need to take a break from my water kefir whats the best way to store them. If it's letting them dry out is it best to rest on the counter or in a dehydrator?
      Thanks!
    • If you would like to take a break from your water kefir, you may store them in sugar water in the refrigerator for up to several weeks. If you would like a longer storage time, check this article for instructions on dehydrating the grains:

      http://www.culturesforhealth.com/how-to-take-a-break-from-making-kefir/

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  • From kate at 5/5/11 11:58 AM
    • Is it possible to culture only a very small amount at a time, such as one pint?
    • Yes, you can culture a smaller amount. However, make sure you keep the proportions of water and sugar balanced: 1/4 cup sugar per quart, so 2 tablespoons sugar per pint. Normally, 3-4 tablespoons grains are required to culture 1-2 quarts of sugar water. You may need to reduce the volume of grains used when culturing a smaller amount.

      If you don't have enough sugar, the grains will run out of fuel and can actually stop converting sugar, resulting in a more sugary final product. If you have too many grains, you can get a yeasty, smelly buildup in the solution. (It can look like foamy yeast, or like a white waxy film.)
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  • From Karen at 5/8/11 1:11 PM
    • Will the final beverage product contain the full amount of sugar or is some of it eaten/used up in the fermentation process?
    • The sucrose is converted to glucose+fructose. The glucose is used by the kefir grains for grain-building and reproduction, and the fructose remains in the drink at about 20% of the original level. This number may vary, depending on the culturing conditions. The longer the finished kefir sits, the less sweet it will be, so some fructose is apparently converted in that process as well.
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Water Kefir Fan Review by Beach Gal
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I had never tried water kefir and I was very intimidated by it. I knew it would be healthy but the concept was just weird but I thought "Hey it's healthy - why not try it. I am using coconut/palm sugar since I kicked white sugar to the curb, and since it is brown, it made my water kefir look a little unappetizing. I got up the nerve to taste it and surprise, it is good. I now add it as a sweetener to my ice tea and I like the taste of it. My grains are happy and multiplying and my husband and I are also happy with this healthy, probiotic drink. My husband and I both feel better so this has been a positive experience. Thanks to Cultures for Health for offering such great products. (Posted on July 29, 2014)
love it Review by Marilyn
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I am not a sweet eater so most of the kefir grains go to making coconut water kefir. Just plop them into coconut water and let it sit a few days. Drain them out and drink for a refreshing, rehydrating drink. I've yet to try fruit juices or any kind of ginger drink with it as I just throw out the sweet water kefir makes. Shame on me. I wonder if you could kefir tea and sugar mixture as in kombucha. I'm still uneasy on how to handle the little gems to keep them viable. I'm glad of your ebooklets on kefir and kombucha for all the information needed. (Posted on July 27, 2014)
Fabulous Review by Jim
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My water kefir grains activated right on schedule and have been producing great tasting drinks that I feel wonderful after drinking. Highly recommended! (Posted on July 22, 2014)
Great Review by Christina
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I have enjoyed adding this easy, inexpensive, healthy drink into our menu! (Posted on July 22, 2014)
Love it Review by Pat
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I decided to try this product because I didn't want to keep taking over the counter probiotics. I love the lemonade and can't believe it taste just like lemonade! It's so easy to make and hard to not drink it all the time. I currently am experimenting with a bottle of pineapple soda. I've also tried adding ginger to the lemonade..Yum! Once I finish my supply of organic sugar, I'll be trying the rappadura sugar to see how that taste. (Posted on July 14, 2014)
Loving it Review by Kefir girl
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I am so enjoying making my water kefir. Cultures for health have been there for me to help me if I had any questions. They are simply wonderful to work with and I will continue to purchase other products with them. I am a loyal customer now for sure. I am still in the learning stages but I know this will always be in my kitchen along with other healthy foods that Cultures for Health provide. Thank you,Thank you!!!!
Vicki (Posted on July 9, 2014)
Love my water kefir! Review by Patrice Farmer
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I can't imagine being without my water kefir. I am so happy that something so easy can be healthy. (Posted on July 3, 2014)
Excellent Quality Review by CTGirl
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These took about 10+ days before they started kefiring, but they have thrived. I trust the kefir grains from CFH much more than some anonymous seller on Amazon. It's worth the extra money for me. (Posted on July 2, 2014)
Kefir Water grains Review by Carol
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This is Great! I love the kefir water, and it is easy to make. Experimenting with different flavors is fun. My grandkids love it, too. (Posted on June 26, 2014)
Good Quality But Not Being Received Well Review by Cynthia
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For some reason my daughter isn't going for the water kefir as I had hoped. But I will continue to try different flavorings and see if I can win her over. (Posted on June 26, 2014)
Completely and awesomely satisfied Review by Annie
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I love the products. I have made lemonade, limeade, and coconut kefir...easy and delicious! (Posted on June 24, 2014)
Great works every time Review by JOHN RICKETTS
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Easy DIY instructions condition excellent healthy Grains, rehydrate first time 2 days, 4 batches in two weeks. Let grains rest with plain sugar water and drop of Concen Trace Drops 2 Days, rinsed and back to another batch.This time added Brown Sugar, Black Strap molasses and they are off and running. Fun watching them grow,creating bubbles, and float back to bottom when disturbed. Like they are in military formation. Now if i could get them to multiply better for bigger batches and more Co2 fizz. Next will try Kombucha Tea. Just having a blast growing Kefir Water and talking with friends and acquaintance big smile, people are amazed to hear me talk about and show them the results and steps of Kefir Water and Grains...Thanks you all for sharing, John

Note from CFH: Please contact customer support for help for assistance with any issues or challenges, including increasing carbonation. (Posted on June 16, 2014)
Awesome! Review by Theresa
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Product arrived when they said it would; I was able to track it from the time it was shipped; It was everything they said it was and I have been growing excellent water kefir since! This stuff is great!!! (Posted on June 12, 2014)
Been kefiring water for almost a year now! Review by Kim
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My husband and kids love the kefir water. I kefir a half gallon for my family every couple of days or so. We flavor it with a couple tablespoons of raisins. My kids rarely get any because my husband loves it so much, he typically drinks it all. This culture is so easy to maintain, and very hard to kill. My husband actually ate half of the grains one evening because I had the grains in sugar water in the fridge hibernating while we were away on vacation, he thought it was in the fridge for drinking, so he did. The few grains I had left have reproduced within a month and I'm back to kefiring bigger batches of water. Thanks! (Posted on June 12, 2014)
Great product! Review by Texasred
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This product is very easy and affordable, saved my gut! (Posted on June 9, 2014)
Wow! Perpetual water kefir! Review by Kim
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Very pleased with the grains I received. Was using whey to carbonate beverages but these grains are amazing at creating effervescent and nutritious beverages. The initial sip my 16 year old took of the bubbly concord grape juice was "No way don't like it" but then she immediately to a second reflexive sip and proclaimed, "I love this!" :) Yes it is possible to make healthy sodas that also deliver essential probiotics.
THANK YOU Cultures for Health!!!
(Posted on June 5, 2014)
Why Was I So Late to the Party?? Review by DrK
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As a doctor, I'm always looking for options to share with my patients. I'm only disappointed I didn't find out about water kefir earlier! It's been so much fun making various "sodas," which have significantly helped people wean off the nasty stuff all while getting an easy introduction to the world of fermentation. I love it! So far I've made cherry vanilla, ginger lemon and blueberry and I'm so excited to explore more flavors! These cultures are quality. Even in a cold kitchen, my water kefir is ready in a day. Thanks to. Nourished Kitchen for recommending this great product! I recommend it daily. (Posted on June 3, 2014)
Love it! Review by chris
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Love the water kefir grains. It is so much fun to think of different combinations. Especially love the support and all the info available from Cultures for Health. (Posted on May 30, 2014)
Grandkiddos love the fizz and flavor Review by Connie
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To begin with, my culture multiplied when I activated the starter so I was able to share grains with a friend. I've been flavoring our kefir with blackberry, grape, lemon juice/lime juice and the grandkiddos love it all. We've also used vanilla/maple which is a favorite.

I purchased Grolsch bottles from a local brewery and the kiddos love the explosion when we open a bottle and the fizz when they drink:)Great fun! (Posted on May 28, 2014)
Love it love it everyday! Review by Boni
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So love coming home to a refreshing tasty drink I can make my self for pennies!! Thank you-
(Posted on May 26, 2014)
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