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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Thank you Cultures For Health Review by Annie
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Water Grains started right up. I really appreciate "Cultures For Health". They have educated me and given me so many free recipes, plus delicious ways to get my daily probiotics. No more buying expensive probiotic pills! (Posted on April 17, 2014)
So glad I discovered water Kefir Review by annroberts
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My sister in law always made milk kefir and except for using it in smoothies, I did not care for it much. Never heard of water kefir. But when I did, I jumped right in. We love it. I do my 2nd ferment with 2 Tablespoons of organic lemon juice and 1 Tablespoon organic cranberry concentrate. I am trying other flavors but I am betting most of them will involve lemon. My grains have already grown enough to use 5 cups of water instead of the base amount of 1 qt. We drink it daily and can't wait til we have enough to drink a larger glass at a time. (Posted on April 16, 2014)
interesting product Review by Laurelei
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I was not even sure what water kefir was but needed it for an applesauce recipe. Turns out, it is a lovely beverage too! Easy to use and maintain. (Posted on April 14, 2014)
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Awesome Review by Lisa
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Cultures for Health shipped fast and the grains are of excellent quality. All the times I've contacted customer service has been met with exceptional response time and answers. I am very impressed! I will definitely buy from you again should I venture into other types of grains, yeasts, etc. (Posted on April 7, 2014)
great customer service! Review by Frogface
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great customer service! (Posted on April 4, 2014)
Highly Recommend Review by MamaKefir
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I LOVE WATER KEFIR! The grains from Cultures for Health arrived quickly, re-hydrated within a couple of days, and have been producing ever since. What a fast, fun ferment. My favorite flavoring option so far is a squeeze of lemon with a few raisins, or a tiny bit of pomogranite juice. (Posted on April 3, 2014)
quick, easy, nutritious,versatile Review by Fay
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I am so glad to have these wonderful organisms. It is so much easier and cleaner to work with than milk kefir (although I will never stop making milk kefir). I have lactose intolerance in my household and this works so much better for them. I can use the water kefir as a base for other drinks, I can add ginger or turmeric to the base for cleansing and such. A great investment. I even talk to them, after all they are living organisms! (Posted on March 30, 2014)
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I ordered this kefir grains and it came in a timely manner. The grains activated pretty fast. Any beginner can get started with confidence with this product.
(Posted on March 29, 2014)
Love kefir! Can't get enough Review by Jennifer
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I am fighting MS and have begun a new diet protocol to improve my health. This protocol includes the addition of probiotic beverages like kefir. I love it, and now the whole family drinks it. I had to order more grains so I could make larger batches! Cultures for Health is a great company with which to do business. The delivery comes very quickly and the products are always top quality!(By the way, I have ordered other stuff as well as kefir grains from CFH)Will be ordering again and again!! (Posted on March 28, 2014)
Easy peasy :) Review by Lisa
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$16.99 might seem like a lot to pay for a box of dried water kefir grains, but it's actually a small price to pay for the fun of making your own tasty and nourishing water kefir. Water kefir is truly easy to make and so worth the small amount of effort. We enjoy the flavor best after adding a teaspoon of real vanilla or fruit extract to each quart, although my 15 year old son enjoys water kefir plain. :) (Posted on March 27, 2014)
Water Kefir Grains Review by Laura
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Love this product! A great probiotic that tastes great too! (Posted on March 27, 2014)
Stress-free and great results Review by Jason
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Was a little hesitant as a first-timer, and living in a cooler climate (Michigan), but I'm making some really tasty water Kefir! Followed the directions for rehydration and had no problems at all. Fantastic instructions in the box (and on-line!) - already feel like a pro. Thanks, Cultures For Health! (Posted on March 26, 2014)
Water Kefir Grains Review by Alicia
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Started making water kefir beginning of this year. So far... very good!
Customer service is excellent. I had a few questions (when I thought things didn't seem to be going well with the grains,) they were answered promptly and was able to solve my concerns. Grains up an running now really good!
Will be returning loyal customer as I learn more and get into more fermented foods. Orders were shipped fast. Thank you for your services!!! (Posted on March 26, 2014)
Health And Savings, All In One Review by Robert
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I have been into probiotics for several years now. Usually on and off. I would buy some drinks or capsules when I could afford it. I am not into milk, yogurt etc. and so I got the water kefir grains. This is a fantastic alternative to dishing out big money for overpriced yogurt or little bottles of sugary drinks. A true win:win. The kefir grains I received are working as advertised. I am using organic sugar and a pinch of organic sea salt with filtered water to start with. I add some kefir water to some 100% fruit juice with no added sugars and enjoy. There is no other product on the market that requires that you only purchase it once and gives for generations to come. I am also very impressed with the videos, they are informative and made working with kefir grains easy for an amateur like me. And, as most, I look forward to trying different fruits and juices to make my kefir with. I'm sure I will be purchasing other products from Cultures For Health. (Posted on March 22, 2014)
Excellent! Review by TeahLeah
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Making water kefir to produce my own fizzy kefir juice is wonderful and simple! The instructions are easy to follow and the grains are of good quality. I am very happy! (Posted on March 20, 2014)
Better luck with BodyEcology/inner eco Review by JD
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When I rehydrated the grains initally I think I incubated the solution a little too warm (~88-95F), and they developed a bad smell after just a day. The grains are pretty small...even after several days in the recommended "resting solution" in the fridge. I had better luck with non-grain-based kefir...using products like BodyEcology kefir starter/Inner-Eco kefir.

Response from CFH: The proper culturing temperature for water kefir grains is 68-85ºF. Higher temperatures may weaken or even kill the grains. (Posted on March 19, 2014)
So good! Review by Sarah
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I've been making water kefir since my package arrived a week and half ago, adding the juice of a lemon for a second ferment. It's delicious! Even my kids love it. Thank you so much! The instructions were clear, and I love that the booklets are available online. (Posted on March 19, 2014)
so far I like it. Review by Yodie
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I am surprised, I like fermentation and plan to learn more. This seems to be a good product. (Posted on March 15, 2014)
Love! Review by Maura
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I am so happy that I started making my own water kefir! This is the only way that I can drink the amount that my body craves without going broke! LOL I have only had my grains for about 2 months, but I have already been able to divide and share grains with a friend! (Posted on March 14, 2014)
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