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Q. What is water kefir?
A. Water kefir is a probiotic beverage made with water kefir grains. 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.
Q. What are water kefir grains?
A. 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, rye, etc.
Q. What is the difference between water kefir grains and powdered kefir starter culture?
A. There are three primary differences between water kefir grains and powdered kefir starter:
- Water kefir grains have a larger number of probiotics than the powdered starter culture.
- With proper care, water kefir grains can be used indefinitely to make water kefir. Powdered starter culture can be reused for a number of batches, but will eventually stop culturing.
- Powdered kefir starter culture has a smaller initial investment cost than do water kefir grains; however, you will need to continue to purchase new culture.
Q. What ingredients go into making water kefir grains?
A. Our water kefir grains are grown in filtered water and organic sugar.
Q. Does water kefir have the same benefits as milk kefir?
A. Water kefir contains fewer strains of bacteria and yeasts than milk kefir. On the other hand, water kefir contains far more than other cultured products, like yogurt or buttermilk.
Q. What strains of yeast and bacteria does water kefir contain?
A. While the probiotics can vary with each batch made with water kefir grains, a list of bacteria and yeasts generally found in water kefir grains can be found in our article,
For our powdered starter cultures, a list of ingredients can be found on each product page.