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REHYDRATING AND STORING WATER KEFIR GRAINS

Q. How Long Do Water Kefir Grains Last?

A. If cared for properly, water kefir grains have an unlimited life span and can be used repeatedly to make water kefir.

Q. Are Water Kefir Grains Reusable?

A. Yes, water kefir grains are reusable. Once a batch of water kefir is finished culturing, simply remove the water kefir grains and place them in fresh sugar water - the sugar is what they eat to stay alive.

Q. Can I Rehydrate The Water Kefir Grains Longer Than The Recommended 3-4 Days?

A. We strongly recommend moving the water kefir grains to fresh sugar water after four days, maximum. The grains can starve if left longer without fresh food.

Q. Can I Drink The Sugar Water Used To Rehydrate My Water Kefir Grains?

A. We don't recommend drinking the rehydration liquid. Since the water kefir grains spent their time rehydrating rather than consuming the sugar, the resulting solution will likely contain a large amount of sugar. Also, the sugar water may taste unpleasant, as part of the rehydration process involves the rebalancing of the yeast and bacteria in the water kefir grains.

Q. When I Rehydrated My Water Kefir Grains, I Didn't See Any Bubbles. Is That Normal?

A. Yes. There may or may not be any bubbling with newly rehydrated grains. Follow the instructions for making the first batch of water kefir, even if there are no visible signs of culturing after 3-4 days of rehydration.

Q. The Water Kefir Grains Have Been Rehydrating For 5 Days And They Look Rehydrated But Don't Appear To Be Doing Anything. Should I Wait Longer?

A. Avoid leaving the water kefir grains to rehydrate longer than 4 days. Longer periods without fresh food can starve the water kefir grains. After 3-4 days of rehydration, even if there are no visible signs of culturing, transfer the kefir grains to new sugar water to start the first batch of water kefir.