When your package arrives, please be careful when opening the container as pressure has built up over transit. We recommend opening the lid to release the pressure and then putting it directly in your fridge temporarily until you are ready to feed the grains (preferably the same day or within 24 hours).

Step 1A - Preparing the Sugar Water
Grab any type of pot and boil water. Pour 1.5 liters of water and heat the water to boiling point. Once the water reaches boiling point, turn off the stove and dissolve the required amount of sugar. For your first few batches, we recommend to stick with this white to dark sugar ratio:
  • 4 tablespoon of white granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoon of dark mineral sugar
After your water kefir grains have become more active, you can try these different sugar combinations:
  • 40-80% white sugar + remaining % unrefined dark sugar (eg. sucanat, rapadura, etc).
  • 80% white sugar + 20% molasses
  • Mostly white sugar (roughly 90%) will the small remainder a mix of Himalayan sea salt and drop of molasses
  • A blend of mostly white sugar, a very small bit of unrefined sugar (a spoonful), and 1-2 small dried fruits (like 1-2 apricots)

Step 1B - Cooling the Sugar Water
After adding the sugar to the boiled water, mix the sugar water well and let it sit for 10 minutes. To make it cool down faster:
  • Uncover the pot
  • Add ice cubs into the cold water

Check on the temperature with a laser or a kitchen thermometer. Make sure the water cools below 20C.

Pour the sugar water into a clean glass jar. Leave some space at the top (1 to 2 inches) so the water won't overflow when you pour the water kefir grains in.

Step 1C - Straining your Water Kefir
Strain your water kefir grains by using a non-metal strainer. Gently rinse the water kefir grains with filtered, mineral or spring water (do not use tap water).

Pour the water kefir grains into the jars with the sugar water. Make sure the sugar water is cool and not hot - high temperatures will kill the water kefir grains.

We recommend our customers to not experiment with different sugar combination until the water kefir grains have assimilated to its new environment. Once the assimilation happens, the water kefir grains should start to propagate significantly. From that point on you can start experimenting with different sugar combination.