Tips- Water Kefir Making

Tips- Water Kefir Making

Tips and Troubleshooting:Tips for kefir making

  • If your grains are dehydrated, the process is the same, but discard the first ferment. It may take up to a week to fully hydrate the grains.
  • Water kefir grains will often double in size each week or so. If yours are not, they may still be making wonderful kefir, but something could be perfected. 
  • Do not use water that is chlorinated or fluoridated (Britta filter workswell … or buy spring water) 
  • Use only unsulphured dried fruit such as apricots or raisins. Sulphur is added as a preservative and will kill your grains.
  • Never add anything to your grains that is used to preserve food, or kill bacteria. This means avoid preservatives of any kind. 
  • Do not use honey in place of sugar. Honey is a natural antibiotic and could damage grains.
  • The finished product smells slightly yeasty or beery. If it smells like vinegar or otherwise off, your grains need some rehab. Don't drink kefir water that smells rancid or too sour. 
  • Water Kefir gets very fizzy. A build up of gases could cause bottle explosion. If you are going to keep water kefir longer than a few days, store in bottles designed for brewing. Open your bottles over a sink in case the liquid fizzes up and out of the bottle when opening. 
  • If you ordered live kefir grains and they arrive frozen in the winter, simply allow them to defrost at room temperature, and then follow instructions. :-)
  • It is not necessary to use organic sugar or fruit in order to make kefir. I use organic ingredients because I prefer to limit chemicals in my foods. 
  • If you are using distilled water, or are boiling your water and letting it cool before use, you may need to add a few drops of minerals, or add a piece of egg shell. I use Concentrace Liquid minerals. If you do add minerals, a few drops will do. Too many minerals is just as bad as not enough. 

See Also: Good Grains Gone Bad for some more tips and specific issues you might encounter when making water kefir. 

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Water Kefir Tips and Troubleshooting
Water kefir is extremely easy to make, however, sometimes some little thing goes wrong. Find water kefir tips and troubleshooting to make perfect water kefir every time.


  • Jo

    July 23, 2014 at 7:14 pm Reply

    Hello, I’m trying to order both the live and dehydrated Kefir and it doesn’t work. Would hate to have to do two separate orders. Can you help? I’m so happy to have found you. I moved and lost my Kefir grains. I’ve been trying to get some and was unsuccesful. Thanks Jo

    • Kefir Nurse

      July 23, 2014 at 7:44 pm Reply

      Hi Jo Click ADD TO CART button to order one of them and then click Continue Shopping button to return to the order page, then click ADD TO CART button for the other. 

      So glad to see you here. :-)

      Kefir Nurse

  • Patti

    June 21, 2014 at 3:01 am Reply

    I received my kefir grains in the mail yesterday. I put them in the fridge yesterday and then this evening went to make my first patch. The grains smelled vinegar-y. I went ahead with the batch anyway. Will the vinegar smell go away as the grains are fed in the next 24-48 hours?

    • Kefir Nurse

      June 21, 2014 at 10:53 am Reply

      Hi Patti So glad you got your grains! They will balance out. It may take longer than 24-48 hours though. Follow the instructions you received and be patient with them while they adjust to their new home. 

      Kefir Nurse

  • Yael Shany

    May 21, 2014 at 5:59 pm Reply

    Why are the kefir grains I ordered so small

    • Kefir Nurse

      May 28, 2014 at 12:13 pm Reply

      Hello Yael: Thanks for your question. 

      When the grains get too big they have less surface area to actually work. They grow more slowly and they ferment more slowly. So I often squish them when I think they need it. 

      I hope this helps! 

      Kefir Nurse

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