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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 Anita at 3/12/2012 10:03 PM
    • If the kefir grains can only culture for max 72 hours, how do I store the grains if I go out of town for longer then the time period mentioned above?
    • To store the grains while you are away, make up a solution of sugar water as if you were going to make kefir, then put a lid on the jar and put it in the refrigerator. The grains will hibernate comfortably for 3 weeks until you either give them fresh sugar water for a final 3 week storage period, or put them back to work. Do not store grains for more than 6 weeks total.

      Also, do not put the grains on hold for frequent breaks, as this will damage their bacteria and enzymes. They prefer to be working and eating every day.

      It's actually risky to let grains go 72 hours, since usually by 48 hours all the sugar has been consumed. This is increasingly so when it is warm, and grains culture much faster. If they go too long with out food (sugar), they will eventually be damaged and can die.

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  • From Starwoman at 4/16/2012 9:10 PM
    • Hi, this is all new to me, so I wanted to know if your kit comes with step by step instructions?
    • Yes, instructions are included. There is also lots of information on our website and customer support is always happy to help if you have any questions.
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  • From Kathy Young at 5/3/2012 5:20 PM
    • Does the complete water kefir kit contain the kefir grains?
    • Water Kefir Starter Kit Contents:

      One packet water kefir grains
      Plastic mesh strainer (3½-inch diameter)
      Instruction and recipe booklet
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  • From Seana at 5/20/2012 1:23 PM
    • Why are the Trace Mineral Drops included in the Water Kefir Starter Kit? How are they used?
    • As of the summer of 2014, the Concentrace drops are no longer a part of the kit. It is optional.

      However, kefir grains need minerals. A few drops of ConcenTrace while your kefir is culturing is a great way to ensure the grains have proper minerals, especially if your water source has few minerals and you are using white sugar. If you are using well water and a raw sugar, or spring water, the mineral drops are not necessary.
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  • From karl at 7/30/2012 3:55 PM
    • How many times can you use these kefir cultures (how many batches can you make)?
    • The initial quantity is sufficient to culture 1 to 2 quarts per batch. With care, these water kefir grains can be used over and over again, indefinitely. If they start to reproduce, you can make multiple 1 to 2 quart batches at once, or share the grains with friends.
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  • From laurie at 8/17/2012 10:23 AM
  • From Susan at 12/15/2012 9:49 AM
    • Can raw coconut crystals be used for the sugar?

      Thank you.
    • Coconut crystals can be used with water kefir, but it's not going to nourish the grains as cane sugar does. If you do use it, make sure you keep an eye on the grains to make sure they're staying healthy. It's best to either alternate batches of cane sugar with the coconut crystals, or perhaps do a combination of both. It's best to try it with some extra grains and see how it goes over time.
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  • From Chrissy at 12/21/2012 2:02 PM
    • After the water kefir is made, what is a typical alcohol content for the beverage?
    • We do not have information on the alcohol content of finished water kefir. In general, all fermented foods and beverages will have some small amount of alcohol, as that is the natural process of fermented foods.
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  • From Rachel at 1/10/2013 9:19 PM
    • What is the reason for a plastic strainer?

      I use water that comes from an underground aquifer; do I need the Trace drops?

      Thank you.
    • The fine-mesh strainer is handy for straining the grains from the finished kefir.

      Kefir Grains benefit from water sources with higher mineral content. Some water sources such as well water or spring water can be naturally high in mineral content and are ideal for making kefir. On the other hand, distilled water, reverse osmosis water and water which has been filtered through a activated carbon filter (such as a Britta or Pur filter) often have extremely low or non-existent mineral levels. If using one of these types of water, it is a good idea to add minerals using the Concentrace mineral drops. Otherwise, there is no need to add minerals.
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  • From Eva at 2/23/2013 5:17 PM
    • I am curious, as a Kombucha maker I am familiar with the need of providing minerals etc for the scoby through organic whole tea. Would using sweet tea with the water kefir grains be possible? Thank you! ...Eva
    • While water kefir grains also need minerals to stay healthy, the minerals usually come from the water and the sugar. You can certainly try flavoring your finished water kefir with your favorite tea once the grains have been removed; however, I do not recommend adding the tea in with the grains, as you may damage the grains.
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1st try... Review by HH
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After a lot of online research, decided to buy my starter grains here. Steps were explained well, and so far every batch I have made has turned out great, no problems. Having fun experiementing with different flavors on the 2nd ferment.

(Posted on 6/15/2015)

New Beverage For Health Review by Suzanne
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This is a new beverage for me to make and I chose to try this because I needed to get more liquid in my body thus improving my health. I am totally satisfied with the results I've had in making water kefir without having done a second fermentation. I find my batches have enough bubbles for my taste. I use Rapadura or Sucanat with purified water when I make this drink. The amount of grains doubled fairly soon so I make 2 batches each time I brew it.

(Posted on 6/14/2015)

Easy to make Review by Newbie to Kefir
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I am new to making kefir of any sort. Thought I would try my hand at making water kefir first. So glad I did! The grains are good quality and I've been successfully making water kefir now for three weeks! My water kefir comes out bubbly and wonderful. My grains are healthy and doing well. The how-to videos on this site are very informative. I recently had a question and chatted online with a customer service rep, they were super helpful and it felt great being able to lean on their knowledge, since I'm a newbie.

(Posted on 6/5/2015)

Good Stuff. Review by Selene Good Witch of The North.
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The order arrived very quickly. Good stuff, well worth the money. Will be sharing starter grains with family and friends.

(Posted on 5/26/2015)

just get the grains- kit not worth the price Review by gabrandall
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so far so good. we are enjoying the water kefir. got off to a slow start because my house is cold, but the culture seems to be thriving now.

im a bit disappointed in the 'kit' as i already have strainers, and really bought it for what i thought was a booklet of recipes but was just basic instructions and one or two very basic recipes. many, better recipes are available on various blogs and web searches, so the kit is a waste of money IMO.

the actual grains are working out nicely even though they sat at the post office a few days, and endured a very cold oregon spring.

(Posted on 5/19/2015)

Wonderful! Review by Liandra
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Easy to use, instructions clear, water kefir turning out wonderfully!

(Posted on 4/16/2015)

Delicious Review by lovemesomekefir
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So much fun! I haven't tried it plain but LOVE the 2nd ferment.. I've tried cream soda made with vanilla flavor.. Cherry/lemonaid using frozen cherries and the juice of 1/2 a lemon... another made with tart cherry concentrate and lemon..and Lemon/Ginger! I have been making 8 cup batches and was able to share and get others hooked as well! My grand kids love it!

(Posted on 4/9/2015)

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)



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