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:

 

Ingredients: Water kefir grains, organic rapadura sugar, filtered water

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


Allergen Information:

Packaged in a facility that also manufactures products made with wheat, soy, eggs, nuts, and fish.


 

       
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 4/3/2013 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 4/17/2013 5:44 PM
    • Where does your water kefir come from? Mexico?

      If water kefir is left 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 4/21/2013 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, so it sounds like things are going well. The slightly yeasty smell is perfectly normal. 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 7/6/2013 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 8/22/2013 4:17 PM
    • How long can water kefir or flavored water kefir keep for - otherwise, what is the shelf life? Do you need to refrigerate the finished product?
    • Here are our guidlines for storing finished 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 12/2/2013 8:05 PM
    • Could you use agave syrup for the sugar?
    • Agave nectar is not a good choice as it will not nourish your grains. You may get a good fermentation from it, but the grains need the nutrients from cane sugar and the water to grow and reproduce. Cane sugar gives the best results for water kefir.
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  • From Gill Hayes at 1/17/2014 4:55 PM
    • How much water 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 1/17/2014 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 2/18/2014 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 5/16/2014 4:53 PM
    • How long can the grains stay dehydrated before being activated? Thanks.
    • Dried water kefir grains keep:
      room temperature (68° to 78°F) 12 to 18 months
      refrigerator (40° to 45°F) 18+ months

      Freezing is not recommended!
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Love this product. Quality grains and clear instructions for the beginner. Review by elizabeth
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This was my first time making kefir water and I am very happy with this product. The instructions were very easy to follow with trouble-shooting information which was so helpful. I have been making kefir water for about a month and a half now and each batch has turned out great. I used the recipes in the booklet as a guide and even my 7 year old loves to drink his kefir each morning! Great way to increase probiotics in our diet naturally while avoiding dairy and expensive supplements.

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

Fabulous quality! Review by Kimberly
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Received the grains just before a ten day out of town trip. Left them in the fridge for about 12 days before I had time to get them going for activation. They were fluffy and active in just under three days! Always great quality from Cultures for Health.

(Posted on 10/30/2014)

Excellent Taste! Review by Cathy
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My 1st experience with Water Kefir. I'm hooked. I can't wait to start experimenting with other flavors.

(Posted on 10/23/2014)

Amazingly Easy and So Good Review by Jen
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I'd never had kefir before but wanted a dairy free option and something a little easier than kombucha as a first step into this world of culturing. I love it! I have tried a few different flavoring options. My favorites so far are vanilla (cream soda) and adding lemon juice to make "kefir lemonade". This was amazingly easy to get the hang of and I can't believe how delicious it is!

(Posted on 10/20/2014)

Not Sure Review by thecuda1
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I just started making this. I tried a little bit of the second batch. Tasted good, the others I have flavoring in but I haven't tried it yet.

(Posted on 10/9/2014)

Wonderful Review by Jennifer
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I love how easy it is to make water kefir even for busy people. The kit contained everything I needed to know from start to finish, to flavoring (or not) through how to rest the gains to take a break from making it (they make a LOT of water). I love it and will make a great gift!

(Posted on 9/11/2014)

Really enjoying this product! Review by Krysta
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So far I have only good things to say about this product and the service from Cultures for Health. I had technical difficulties online with purchasing the water kefir culture, but the staff at Cultures for Health gave great customer support and processed my order quickly! The water kefir activation took 5 days, but after that I've been able to make a new batch every 1-2 days. It's very easy to make. The only downfall is that you have a24-48 hour window that you need to make the kefir in. It has been a good investment so far! My husband (who tends to be picky with food/drinks) even likes it!

(Posted on 8/20/2014)

3rd batch Review by Bobbie
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So far so good - on my third batch of kefir water. Flavored the first 2 with lemon, lime, ginger and the 3rd is peach. The kefir is refreshing.

The grains arrived quickly and rehydrated as said. No complaints. For the price, it would have been nice to get enough grain for 2 quarts rather than one.

(Posted on 8/15/2014)

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 7/14/2014)

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 7/13/2014)

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 7/11/2014)

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 7/10/2014)

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 7/9/2014)

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 6/20/2014)

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 6/16/2014)

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 5/27/2014)

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 5/20/2014)

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 5/16/2014)

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 5/14/2014)

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 5/10/2014)



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