Your dehydrated water kefir grains and how to wake them up.

You are here.  And perhaps you did as you were told and followed our instructions on your vial.  Well done.  

Your water kefir grains might be seen as...a pet, or something like... functional sea monkeys.  Your very own, sometimes quite demanding pets, that will provide you with not only a probiotic powerhouse, a delicious carbonated drink, a very cool mixer and even better - something amazing to talk about and think about for as long as you tend to them. 

At worst, however, they can become a nagging pain, reminding you that you have work to do, something to feed........or something you've killed. I think that's why I have a business in Water kefir brewing. Sometimes they can be annoying and unpredictable.

Water kefir grains are called that simply because of their shape - they have nothing to do with gluten or carbohydrates.  The grains are a SCOBY stands for Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeast - a polysaccharide matrix of bacteria and yeast that keep each other alive and happy as long as they are fed and live in the right conditions. Water kefir goes by many names, one of them is Tibicos, and is said to stem from Mexico. 

Don't be too worried about sterilisation - we are growing bacteria, not trying to obliterate it. Nice,  clean jars from the dishwasher or very hot water,  but no need heavy bleaches that may leave any residue that would kill your bacteria. (Or our water systems and other small creatures. 

Boiling water is enough for sterilising in this case. 

If you haven't already:

Empty your vial of dehydrated water kefir grains into a jar of 3 - 4 cups of water (preferably living water - filtered or rain)  and add about a quarter of a cup of organic raw sugar to it and stir gently to dissolve the sugar and agitate the grains a little.  Pop a lid on your jar and leave it for 4 days to a week in room temperature, no need for it to be dark but the warmer the better. They will start to rehydrate and wake up. They should be all plump and alive looking even bounce in your hand after this time. 

Get your kit ready for the brewing stages while you wait.  Go to 'How to make good water kefir' recipe to have a look and get prepared. You're going to need a few things.