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    Excellent article. However, I am not having much luck finding water kefir grains. Any pointers?

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  20. Jasmine

    I don’t know if your still doing to giveaway or not, but I’d love to try them out. Don’t really have much in the way of healthy eatings so far and this would be a great way to kick the mt dew addiction. lol.

  21. Michelle C

    My friend just shared some kefir grains with me! I drank some Kefir water that she just uses molasses for flavor — – – It is yummy!

  22. C.B. I came across your website maybe a month ago. Don’t know how I came across kefir but it certainly intrigued me being interested in healthy living for yrs. Today I called my natural grocers store & they only have dairy kefir which is overly priced. I would love to use the water kefir & share with quite a large community of friends & family who also choose healthy lifestyles & doing things ourselves.I also started reading your other articles & so far love the humorous (how I can relate to) articles!!! Sandy

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    Hello, thank you for all information about water kefir. I want to have water because I have some digestives problems, but I don´t know how I can have it. I live in Bournemouth. Can you help me? Thank you :)

  25. Janet Geren

    If you have water kefir grains, I would like to purchase. Is that possible?

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  31. Steph

    I was just wondering if you still had some water kefir grains available or if anyone had some that I could have. I heard you had to be careful of your source of water kefir grains. Plus I know that they produce a lot and many usually have an abundance. If someone can help me out I would appreciate it. Thank you!!

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  33. Where can I get this sort of kefir grains? I have a rather harsh intolerance to dairy, period. Can’t even do the lactose free stuff. I love kefir…so…WHERE CAN I GET THOSE KEFIR GRAINS?!

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  37. I am new to water Kefir… thanks for this post.
    After you strain the water grains… can you keep them in the re-fridge—or does this always happen in room temp? I am with you up to step 5—do you immediately go straight to a new jar with the ones you strain… ?

  38. Sorry… one more question. I have an intollerance to Cane Sugar. Have you heard of anyone using Date Sugar or Coconut Sugar? What do you think?

  39. Petra

    Hi CrunchyBetty,
    Love your site!
    I was wondering if you had some insight into this: Kefir SYRUP!
    I have been making Kefir water for 1.5 years now and my initial batch lasted me a year. Since this summer I have had to buy 2 new starter batches, because I am running into a problem I don’t seem to be able to fix:
    Syrupy Kefir!
    I have not changed anything, use filtered water from my fridge filter, (we also have a house filter, our ph is 6.4 with 0 alkalinity when it comes out of the fridge double filtered), I have not changed the sugar, but after the syrup thickness started, I went from organic brown to white–thinking it may have too high of a mineral concentration) and I always use 1/2 organic lemon in my first brew.

    I have rested my grains for 2 weeks twice already, cleaned them thoroughly and when I restart a brew, the first one is “ok”… but the next ones get to be thicker and thicker…

    The Kefir grains themselves look great, some nice thick clusters, the color has changed from brown to white now, due to the white sugar and I think the lemon “cleans” them.

    My guess is that my water is too alkaline, has too many minerals, though we filter it and always have. (maybe the water company changed suppliers since we are in a drought?) I am willing to change to buying water at the store, if that will solve my problem, but don’t really know which kind to buy. When I just tested the Arrowhead spring water I just bought, it showed it has the highest alkalinity and pH, so I doubt that is a good alternative!
    Thanks much

    • Rezza

      Hi Petra, I used to have the same problem with my water kefir. And I’ve received advise that when the brew/fermentation turns syrupy, DO NOT DRINK IT! I also had to resort to washing my grains and resting them as well. The feedback I got: Overmineralized! Suggestion: Don’t add lemon to your 1F, as apparently, lemons are known to turn water alkaline (that part of science still baffles me to this day). You’re lucky that the grains are still big. The worse thing for the grains to behave is to turn mushy or sandy…another indication of overmineralization. What helped me was that I actually REDUCED the qty of grains and sugar in my ferment — overcrowding the grains was also killing it. Now I use about 1.5TBSP grains + 1.5 TBSP organic muscovado (raw, brown) sugar to 700ml filtered water, then I add a dash or 2 of fine Himalayan sea salt. Hope this helps. I get a lot of support through the FB group “I Love Water Kefir!” Suggest you join the group too!

  40. Emily Kroner

    I would love some water kefir grains! Thank you for considering me!

  41. Thank you so much for the most informable website I’ve seen about kefir water. I’m very ready to start benefiting from kefir water. I have digestive problems big time and need help. Thank you Crunchy Betty.

  42. Kalia

    I’m sitting here and my tummy is wishing it had a cranberry kefir fizzy. I can hardly wait to start my own.

  43. Maggie

    I really love to use water kefir to make fresh lemonade or lemon/lime drink in the summer. So refreshing. One is only limited by their imagination as to what kind of drink to make.

  44. Shelly

    I would love to try working with water kefir grains and love all of the examples you gave of how they can be used, problem is I don’t have any and haven’t been able to find any locally. Are you selling water kefir grains? Sincerely, Shlley

  45. Jeanne

    I would like to be one of the six who get some water kefir grains. I make dairy kefir and I am in the middle of my first kombucha ferment. I have also made beet kvass which is has a nice tang and a beautiful color!
    So I am excited to do the water kefir as it seems to be just what I would like.


  46. Hi Betty,
    I am new to Kefir water, but love to give it a try!
    I am eager to get started only I’m without Kefir water grains.

  47. Portia

    I Started making water Kefir about 6 months ago. I struggled with dairy kefir in the past – my mom was brilliant with it – it must skip a generation… Anywho, on my neighborhood mom site I saw FREE-Water Kefir Grains! Come get them. So I did. EASY!!! So Forgiving! until last month, I killed them during my out of state move… Im very sad about it. I have been trying to find a free source as I know how prolific the little buggers are. No such luck (yet) in my new community.

    I stumbled across your post. I love it. Down to earth, straight forward & fun. I use a very similar 1F recipe, & look forward to trying your 2F once I’m up & running again. Which brings me to this:

    Do you know any resources for connecting w other water kefir folk? I’m in the Baltimore Maryland area.


  48. charlie

    how much water kefir I can drink a day

  49. Katherine Morrow

    My girlfriend told me about your website and how much kefir water is helping her, problem is I can’t find where you get some, she has extra but she lives in northern California and im in Texas,can it be mailed? Loved your article especially the part about giving and recieving so uncommon these days on the internet,where everybody wants 19.95 a month for the rest of you life for anything ordered
    Helping each other is so refreshing. Thank you


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