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Making water kefir at home doesn't have to be difficult - in fact, water kefir is one of the easiest beverages to make if you are just getting started culturing. You can learn to make homemade water kefir from our Cultures for Health team and other Real Food pros.
Water Kefir is a probiotic beverage made with water kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter culture. Water kefir grains can be used to culture sugar water, juice, or coconut water. A powdered kefir starter culture may also be used to culture coconut water or fruit juice.
Water kefir grains consist of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship. The term kefir grains describes the look of the culture only. Water kefir grains contain no actual "grains" such as wheat or rye.
Whether you want to add a probiotic kick to your drink or are looking for some flavor inspiration, we have a wide selection of expert advice articles, how-to videos, and recipes to help you make water kefir at home. Browse our expert advice below and remember...you can do this!
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Many fermented foods require water for the culturing process. Learn which factors to consider when choosing a water source.
Are kefir grains or a powdered kefir starter the best option for making kefir at home? Learn about each type of culture to help you choose the one for you!
Did you know you can use water kefir as a booster in gluten-free sourdough baking? Learn which boosters help with the leavening and texture of the bread.
Grab a jar, cover, and rubber band and you'll have all the water kefir supplies you need. Learn about your options for supplies and get started.
Water kefir requires basic ingredients: sugar, water, and water kefir grains. Learn how to choose the best water and sugar for making water kefir.