Store water kefir grains

November 26, 2017
Some close up grains

How to Take a Break from Making Water Kefir | Water Kefir Expert Advice | Cultures for HealthAlthough water kefir grains can be used to make back-to-back batches of water kefir, at some point most people will need to take a break.

Cold temperatures greatly slow the culturing process, so the refrigerator is a good place to store grains when a break is necessary.

Short Breaks, up to 3 weeks

  • Add water kefir grains to 1 quart fresh sugar water (¼ cup sugar dissolved in 1 quart water).
  • Put a tight lid on the container and place in the refrigerator. The water kefir grains should be safe and healthy for up to 3 weeks.
  • When ready to make water kefir again, separate the grains from the storage liquid, place in fresh sugar water, and culture as usual. It may take a couple of batches for the grains to wake up and get back to work.
  • The storage liquid should be fine to consume, as long as it has a pleasing aroma and flavor.

Long Breaks, up to 6 months

If a longer break is required, we recommend drying the water kefir grains.

  • Rinse grains thoroughly with filtered water
  • Lay them on a piece of unbleached parchment paper in a safe location.
  • Dry at room temperature for 3 to 5 days, depending on humidity and room temperature. Or, use a dehydrator as long as the grains do not get heated above 85°F.
  • Once the kefir grains are fully dry, store in a ziploc bag in the refrigerator for up to 6 months.
Kefir Grains
Kefir Grains
Storing Kefir Grains
Storing Kefir Grains

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