Water Kefir Starter Kit

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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 67° to 80°F; no heating appliance required
  • Can be used with sugar water, fruit juice, and coconut water


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


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

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


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 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 3 quarts of kefir every 24 to 48 hours).

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


 

       
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 to 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 Carolyn at 4/3/13 10:04 AM
    • Is there meaning behind the use of a plastic strainer? I have several small metal strainers which are fine mesh. Are the cultures and/or the water kefir not to be in contact with metal?
    • A stainless steel mesh strainer could be used but aluminum is reactive and would cause problems with the grains. It is difficult to tell the difference between a stainless steel and aluminum mesh strainer,. The nylon / plastic mesh strainer is safe for the culture and helps trap small grains.
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  • From Joyce at 4/17/13 5:44 PM
    • Where does your Kefir come from? Mexico?

      If Kefir is let standing for a month (in a cupboard forgotten about) are the grains finished or can they be activated?

      thank you.
    • Water kefir is thought to have originated in Mexico or Central America. Dehydrated water kefir grains, unopened, will usually be okay for a few weeks at normal room temperatures, but we advise storing them in the refrigerator for best results. Once activated, they must be kept in use or stored in sugar water in the refrigerator.
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  • From Courtney at 4/21/13 8:56 AM
    • My new water kefir grains have been rehydrating for three and a half days now. I used white sugar. How do I tell when they are ready to use? The liquid is yellow (not dark but def. yellow) and has a slight yeasty smell (like bread dough but not as strong). Does this mean something is wrong? The grains do appear plumper but I am not sure how plump they are supposed to be.
    • We say give it 3 - 4 days to let the culture reactive but not more than 5. The water color should be changing, it sounds like things are going well. You can strain them off now and start a new batch of sweet water for them since its been more than 3 days. Or feel free to wait a day.

      Just remember that sometimes it takes a few batches before the grains are really active.
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  • From Pamela at 7/6/13 12:52 PM
    • My city water has chlorine added, will this effect the kefir?
    • Unfortunately, chlorine can kill the probiotics that you are trying to work with. If using tap water, we do recommend filtering the water to remove as many additives, chemicals and contaminants as possible. If filtering is not possible, aerating or boiling the water for 20 minutes will generally remove at least the chlorine. Letting the water stand for 24 hours will also let the chlorine evaporate. Chloramines must be filtered.
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  • From Andrea at 8/22/13 4:17 PM
    • How long can water Kefir or flavored water keep for, otherwise, what is the shelf life? Do you need to refrigerate the finished product?
    • Here are our guidlines for storing Water Kefir:

      At room temperature (68° to 78°F): 3 to 4 days
      In the refrigerator (40° to 45°F): 2 to 3 weeks
      In the freezer (0° to 25°F): 1 to 2 months (like ice cream)
      Storage recommendation: Refrigerate
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  • From Nettie at 12/3/13 8:05 PM
    • Could you use agave syrup for the sugar?
    • Agave nectar is primarily fructose, and you may get a good fermentation from it, but the grains need glucose to grow and reproduce. Cane sugar tends to give the best results for water kefir. The sucrose of the cane sugar is converted to glucose (used for growth and reproduction) and fructose (which will continue fermenting and produce carbon dioxide).
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  • From Gill Hayes at 1/17/14 4:55 PM
    • How much 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 Melinda at 1/18/14 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 Carrye Williams at 2/18/14 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 Ginger at 5/16/14 4:53 PM
    • How long can the grains stay dehydrated before being activated?
      Thanks
    • Dried water kefir grains keep at room temperature (68° to 78°F) 12 to 18 months and in the refrigerator (40° to 45°F) 18+ months. Freezing is not recommended
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Wonderful! Review by AJ Brown
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I absolutely love my water kefir! This is my first time making it and opted for water kefir because dairy does not agree with my husband so we figured this was a safe alternative. We've bought kombucha from our CO-OP but I don't have patience to wait that long for it to ferment!

This water kefir is quick and delicious! My first batch, unfortunately, got mold when I was re-hydrating it but I contacted Cultures for Health and they were very helpful.

Now I've got a great batch of kefir going, have a quick system and a great rhythm to making the batches. Vanilla and lime are currently our favorite! This stuff is great! I hope it grows and multiplies so I can have a few batches going at once!

Great product, great customer service, great company! (Posted on July 14, 2014)
Great product, price/value and service Review by Justina
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I was excited to get started with my water kefir and followed the directions. The kefir grains were perfect, much better than the starter grains I got from a local provider. However, I had to go out of town unexpectedly and for longer than I thought I would be away. Unfortunately, I destroyed my kefir water and had to discard. It was very sad. I will start it again and look forward to enjoying my kefir water soon. (Posted on July 13, 2014)
Love it! Review by Annie
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I've had so much for the past few weeks making water kefir. And the help chat is enormously helpful. Can't say enough good things about this product and this company!! Thank you, thank you!!
(Posted on July 11, 2014)
Satisfaction Review by Spider
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I had in the past tried milk kefir. It was okay, but as I am lactose intolerant, it did not work well for me and my grandkids and family would not have it at all. I was searching online and came across your water kefir and decided to give it a try. And....I love it and so does my grandkids and family. I flavor it up a little for the kids and now everyone get their probiotics on a regular basis. Thanks so much. (Posted on July 10, 2014)
So easy my 10 year old daughter makes it. Review by Aurellia
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Our large family is really enjoying water kefir. It saves us money over buying a lot of juice, pop or lemonade. It is so easy that my 10 year old daughter makes it each day. We flavor it with vanilla extract and it is delicious. My husband told me we should of started making it years ago! After drinking some of our kefir last weekend my mother-in-law quickly placed an order for some of her own grains. (Posted on July 9, 2014)
So Easy and Good!! Review by BettyB
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I've had this about 2 weeks now and I'm very pleased. Had no idea it would be so easy. I actually sometimes drink it without anything added or just a little lemon juice. I also juice 2 or 3 times a week and add it to that. The booklet that comes with the kit explains everyting very well and simply. We have well water and I think that also helps with taste. I have called customer service once and they were very polite and answered my question expertly. So glad I decided to try it. Thanks so much. (Posted on June 21, 2014)
Easy to use and a great daily drink Review by Sue
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I have been brewing kombucha for several years, but I wanted something to drink every day with low sugar, especially in the summer. It is so easy to make, and you need only 3 ingredients, water, sugar, and kefir water grains - no tea required. I have used plain white cane sugar, Turabindo, Succant and Florida Crystals in the brew. They each produce a different flavor from a slightly sweet taste, to a hint of molasses. I like the basic plain kefir water so much I only use other flavors occasionally when I do a second ferment. I also do a second ferment for a fuzzy drink a couple of times a month. I can make fresh Kefir Water in less than a day. I have also made Kefir Milk (both dairy and coconut, which I put on a grain free cereal, in dressings, smoothies and so on), but I don't use Kefir Milk and Kombucha every day. The Kefir Water kit is a good way to start. The strainer is just the right size, and the instructions are several pages of very clear and complete information, and the grains are easy to use. The instructions include such information as the basic ferment, second ferments, traveling, and longer term storage. This is a great product. (Posted on June 16, 2014)
Great for culturing beginners Review by Raeann
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I bought a kombucha starter kit at the same time as the water kefir grains, and I've made several batches of kefir while the kombucha is still rehydrating. This is a great first culturing project because it's very instant gratification, and I find water kefir much easier to drink than milk kefir. This is mostly because it's like soda if you store it in an airtight bottle, or like juice if you use mason jars, rather than like drinkable yogurt.
My favorite drink so far is lemonade, secondary fermented for 48 hours before sticking it in the fridge for another day or two. I also highly recommend doing a secondary ferment with an overripe pear. It's like hard pear cider with more sweetness and probiotic goodness and 100% less hangover. (Posted on May 28, 2014)
Great product! Review by Devon
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Love it! It's been so easy to make flavored water kefir juice, and even my 3yo loves his "sparkling juice." (Posted on May 21, 2014)
Great product!! Review by kefir Kraft
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I decided to buy from Culturesfohealthe.com because this was a new to me. I wanted to be able to call and ask questions in needed. They have excellent customer service. (Posted on May 17, 2014)
I think I made it right Review by Rey
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The Kefir held up its part of the bargain thanks to all of the directions and information available online. Had my first batch of coconut water kefir today and will make water kefir tomorrow ;) (Posted on May 14, 2014)
Love water kefir Review by Karin
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I have been making water kefir for a couple weeks and my whole family loves it. We prefer a second ferment with fresh ginger slices and lemon juice. I am about to send a kit to a friend. Love it! (Posted on May 11, 2014)
I love water kefir! Review by Serm
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It took a few weeks for my grains to really produce useable water kefir. They have multiplied considerably and produce a batch ready for a second fermentation in less than 48 hours. I found a recipe that adds a whole lemon and a couple of figs to the first ferment. When the figs float to the top, its ready for a second ferment. We purchased grolsch style bottles for that and have had great results with lots of carbonation in 24-48 hours. I've added fruit juice, fruit puree, ginger etc. with good results. I'd love to hear what others are doing!!! (Posted on May 7, 2014)
Water kefir Review by Mary
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I had made several batches of water kefir and I noticed I was very gassy and bloated within 2 hours of drinking and I was also drinking kombucha.

I chatted online with someone at Cultured for health about this problem and she said the Water Kefir could be making too much yeast and that I should contact a health care provider.

So I have been off the water kefir for 8 days and I feel better and am glad it was not the Kombucha; it was the water kefir that was making me very uncomfortable!

Note from CFH: Any food, including cultured foods can affect everyone ​differently. We recommend starting with a small amount if you find you need to adjust to certain cultures. If you have any concerns, we recommend contacting your healthcare professional. (Posted on May 5, 2014)
Excellent Product Review by Irenab
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Received the starter kit on time in a beautiful box with everything I need to get started. Culture started growing within 2 batches. Excellent and easy instruction!1 Highly recommended for anyone wanting to get started on a fun and healthful way of life. (Posted on April 25, 2014)
Having so much fun using this kit Review by Leslie
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I tried milk kefir and really didn't enjoy it, But water kefir is really good and the kit makes it so easy to do. I enjoy flavoring my water kefir with organic lemon juice and making soda water out of it. Wonderful and refreshing. (Posted on April 17, 2014)
Sooo Happy Review by Judy
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I love my little kefir grains! Today I am enjoying my first grape juice kefir. So great to have this live, delicious beverage at such an affordable price compared to buying kefir drinks from the store.
I'm very grateful to Cultures for Health for the grains and instructions. Thank you. (Posted on April 15, 2014)
Love it ! Review by Debbie
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I love water kefir! I enjoy it flavored with fruit, either mixed berries or one type of berry. I highly recommend this great product.

(Posted on April 10, 2014)
Too much time to invest every 2 days Review by Buglawyer
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I made several batches of kefir water but it just tasted like sugar water with juice added. I am not sure if my kefir grains were ever correctly activated. It was too much work and product to have to make every two days. I am going to stick with kombucha and Kvass. For a larger family it might be perfect.

Response from CFH: Please contact customer support for troubleshooting advice before discarding product. Many cultures can be saved with minor adjustments. (Posted on April 5, 2014)
Great Product Review by Adrienne
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Love this kit. It was very easy to follow the directions. My kids love it! Have not had much luck getting my kefir to develop carbonation. However, we've been mixing it with seltzer water. Delicious! (Posted on March 26, 2014)
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