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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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Comprehensive list of the live yeast and bacteria that generally comprise Water Kefir Grains (aka Japanese Water Kefir Crystals, Tibiscos, etc.)
With the right steps and a little luck, Milk Kefir Grains can be converted into a water kefir culture. Learn how to make the switch.
Learn more about making Water Kefir at home and its benefits with our extensive FAQ. Water Kefir makes a great soda alternative, with a probiotic kick!
When the temperatures begin to rise, our first inclination is to drink as much water as possible. Learn how to add a probiotic kick to your hydration.
What is cross contamination and what are the risks when fermenting? Find out more and learn what best practices will keep your cultures safe.
How long will your starter cultures or fermented foods be good at different temperatures? Here is a handy reference.
During summer's heat, culturing can be tricky. Keep your ferments cool with these tips and ideas on how to beat the heat.
Learn how to make cultured and fermented foods using starter cultures during the cool winter months. Plus ideas for how to keep cultures warm!
Flip-top bottles are awesome for bottling kombucha, water kefir or even homemade beer or soda. The caps often arrive separately, so here's a quick video on how to put your bottles together.