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Organic Water Kefir Grains

Organic Water Kefir Grains

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£7.25£65.25

Organic water kefir grains make a sparkling drink by fermenting a sugar-water solution. Over 90% of the sugar is used during the fermentation process resulting in a low-calorie drink very high in bacteria and yeast. A healthy alternative to soda or sweetener-laden drinks, it can be flavoured with fruit, fruit juices or herbal teas resulting in a fantastic tasting beverage.

**PLEASE NOTE THIS PRODUCT WILL ARRIVE WITH A PIN PRICK HOLE IN THE BAG TO RELEASE GAS DURING TRANSIT – THIS MAY RESULT IN A SMALL AMOUNT OF LIQUID LEAKING FROM THE GRAIN BAG**

Organic water kefir grains make a sparkling drink by fermenting a sugar-water solution. Over 90% of the sugar is used during the fermentation process resulting in a low-calorie drink very high in bacteria and yeast. A healthy alternative to soda or sweetener-laden drinks, it can be flavoured with fruit, fruit juices or herbal teas resulting in a fantastic tasting beverage. 

Water kefir grains are a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Although they’re called “grains,” they look more like gelatinous blobs though they contain no actual grains or gluten. These bacteria feed on sugar and produce lactic acid, alcohol (ethanol), and carbon dioxide, yielding a fermented carbonated beverage. The alcohol content is usually very minimal, less than 1 %. If you don’t want to consume dairy products, then water kefir is an excellent non-dairy fermented food source you can enjoy every day.  

Organic water kefir grains are typically composed of  Lactobacillus casei/paracasei, Lactobacillus harbinensis, Lactobacillus hilgardii, Bifidobacterium psychraerophilum/crudilactis, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and Dekkera bruxellensis. It typically contains less bacteria than milk kefir but offers a dairy-free alternative fermented drink that can also be consumed daily. It’s simple to make, and as long as you look after the culture, it will produce water kefir indefinitely.

**PLEASE NOTE THIS PRODUCT WILL ARRIVE WITH A PIN PRICK HOLE IN THE BAG TO RELEASE GAS DURING TRANSIT – THIS MAY RESULT IN A SMALL AMOUNT OF LIQUID LEAKING FROM THE GRAIN BAG**

Additional information

Weight N/A
Sizes:

20g (makes 500ml), 40g (makes 1 Litre), 60g (makes 1.5 Litres), 200g (Makes 5 Litres), 400g (Makes 10 Litres)

Ingredients:

Filtered water, organic cane sugar, organic water kefir cultures.

Shelf Life:

15-21 days at ambient temperature. This can be extended by storing grains in the fridge.

Storage

Keep refrigerated until activated and in use.

Allergens

None

8 Questions about Organic Water Kefir Grains

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  1. Elle says:

    Hi there I bought some of your water kefir grains. First attemp .First time I follow the instructions but only I finished drinking it instead of throw it away Second preparation after 48 hours it tastes the same as the first (I used bottle water and brown sugar) Third preparation I decided to add a fig. I checked after 24 hours and I found some “white stuff floating” I can see now the grains got bigger but I am concerned about that “white stuff floating” Is it still good for drinking or did I do wrong to put a fig and I need to thro everything away?

  2. Anita says:

    Your drinks are delicious. However I have read that water kefir grains contain yeasts – please can you tell me if I should avoid these while I have candida overgrowth or whats sometimes known as SIBO? Thank you

    1. Freshly Fermented says:

      Hi, sadly we are unable to give you any medical advice. There is some evidence to show that SIBO can be aggravated by water kefir.

  3. Stephanie says:

    Hi – I don’t normally tolerate sugar, does this fermenting process change make the sugar more digestible, less bad for you? Thanks

    1. Lisa Hillyer says:

      Hi, this will produce a low sugar drink but there is sugar still present so if you are unable to tolerate sugar then this probably won’t be the best thing for you. Have you thought about milk kefir or coconut milk kefir?

  4. Aleksandras says:

    Hi, I was wondering if “burping” your water kefir would count as opening the bottle and if that would interfere with it’s 30 day shelf life in the fridge after it’s second fermentation, thank you in advance!

    1. Freshly Fermented says:

      It would count yes. Generally, if a fair bit of air gets in, then fermentation happens and you will end up with vinegar. For that, you would usually need to drink some after opening to free up some space in the bottle for oxygen to fill. Just burping won’t cause issues but can lead to flat water kefir in the long term.

  5. Frances Pace says:

    Hi – I have a dairy allergy – have the grains been in contact with dairy at any point in their journey to me? How are they actually made? Thanks!

    1. Freshly Fermented says:

      Hi, we have a strict allergen policy and these are manufactured in a separate unit to dairy and wheat

  6. Chad Boath says:

    I orderedwatergrains instead of milk grains. Can I use them with milk instead.?

    1. Lisa Hillyer says:

      Hi Chad, no you can only use water with water kefir grains as the milk will kill them. Thanks Lisa.

  7. Shaun says:

    Hello, I want to order but it seems you don’t ship to Hong Kong. Anyway I have a question about the water kefir grains. Where do you harvest them from? I’m curious as to their origins

    1. Lisa Hillyer says:

      Hi Shaun, we ship anywhere in the world so if you are having an issue placing an order please email us on orders@freshlyfermented.co.uk and I will help you with that. We manufacture our water kefir and have done for the last 5 years so it’s grown on site here with us. Thanks Lisa.

  8. Aleksandras says:

    Hi, I have a couple of questions. You mentioned in your description that “as long as you look after the culture, it will produce water kefir indefinitely” and I wanted a bit more clarity on this. Does this mean I would only need to buy water kefir grains once and keep it forever as long as I take good care of it or will there come a point where I would need to change them? Also in additional information it says that the shelf life of the kefir grains is from 15-21 days. Now is this before activating them or is this the typical range that you are expected to be able to reuse them until you have to replace them again? (This links back to the first question). Last question being, it was said that the kefir grains would start growing. Do you try to keep them at their original size by discarding some of it from time to time or do you let it grow indefinitely? Thank you so much in advance.

    1. hungrycloud says:

      Hi, they are a living product. They can survive out of sugar water for 21 days. That is why we add a date, it’s a shipping best before. As long as water kefir is kept above 20c and receives regular changes it will multiply and grow. As long as you don’t neglect it, you will never need further grains from us. Our original batch of grains is still going strong after 5 years!

Customer Reviews

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Melanie Bellchambers
1st batch didn’t work. Activated 2nd batch immediately and still waiting for fermentation

Order received promptly and will good instructions

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Customer
Very happy

Fast service and happy with my purchase

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Heather Simpson
Milder and quicker to make than Kombucha and a great gift

I bought the Water Kefir Grains to take part in Zoe Health Study on fermented foods and I am already on my third lot. A neat little packet of health and I will be back soon for Christmas presents. It is milder than Kombucha but my original scoby from Freshly Fermented is still going strong too and has been split a couple of times to give to friends and family. A gift that keeps giving!

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Mauvis Gore
Grain dead?

I have bought your keffir grains twice now and followed your instructions carefully. The grains seem to disintegrate and not ferment. I am very disappointed

Hi Mauvis.

We've been in touch and have hopefully resolved things for you. Please let us know how you get on!

Kindest,

FF Team.

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SianT
Water kefir success

I received a small packet of water kefir grains which have produced beautifully fermented kefir. The grains are super healthy and have already begun to multiply. Thoroughly recommend.