Keysands Live Organic Water Kefir Grains (Crystals, Tibicos)May 25th, 2012 at 10:05
*Keysands Water Kefir Grains* You will receive 1/4 cup (4 generous tablespoons) of our live active water kefir grains which will produce about one quart of water kefir starting out. These little guys will grow quickly so you can make much more at a time! An easy step-by-step guide is included to help you get started brewing your first batch. We use Organic Whole Cane Sugar to grow our grains, but they are not picky eaters and will gladly thrive on any sugar you give them. We mix the sugars up we use periodically to keep them happy and active. There are endless ways to flavor water kefir which provides fun for the whole family; anyone can be a part of it. To offer you peace of mind, we keep our home cleanly and safe by using organic, natural products. We never use harsh, toxic chemicals around our family or our grains. Water kefir grains, also known as Tibi, Tibicos, Sugar Kefir Grains, Japanese Water Crystals and California Bees, are a culture of bacteria and yeast held in a complex symbiotic relationship. Water Kefir is found all around the world, with no two cultures being exactly the same. Typical water kefir has a wide mix of over forty different strains of healthy bacteria and yeasts. The average probiotic supplement only has about ten and lacks the dozens of vitamins, minerals, nutrients and enzymes that water kefir provides. People who cannot consume dairy products find that water kefir is an excellent alternative. And since the finished product, if bottled, will produce a carbonated beverage, it provides an alternative to sweet soda drinks for everyone to enjoy. We guarantee our grains 100% and will make sure you are completely satisfied with your purchase. Our mission is to make this miracle grain available to all families. We carefully package our grains to ensure they stay safe on their journey to their new home. Thank you for looking and we wish you the best of health.
- Shipping Weight: 10.1 ounces
- ASIN: B0051WV5K6
I have tried milk grains that I hated it tasted like sour cream, not a big fan of drinking sour cream. I did try other sellers and Keysand is the best for a couple of reasons. First he sent more than 4 tablespoons of grains, meaning I could go right ahead and make kefir without growing some more.
I was able to use the formula as he sent it which was:
4 cups of water
4 Tablespoons of sugar
4 tablespoons of grains
I also added some raisins and strawberry for additional flavor. I was going to let it go 48 hours but I noticed it was bubbly and probably ready after about 34 hours so I harvested the kefir and it is great. Probably the most refreshing drink I ever had, I drink lots of water and now it seems to miss a little something.
What I don’t know because I am new to this is how much should you drink a day and I suspect like everything that is good for you, you can overdo it. Now I have to get my wife to try it, she looks at it as a science project and I guess in a way it is.
I highly reccommend this seller for for your Kefir water grains and I highly reccommend kefir, try it you will like it.
"Kefir Kids" growing like crazy!
In 3 weeks, my kefir grains have multiplied from about 1/3 c. to 6 cups! I’m now able to divide them up and try things like making fruit-juice soda, sourdough starter and I’m even eating them–they have a nice, non-slimy texture and sweet taste. I’m watering my plants and drinking a glass of fresh kefir every morning and a fizzy bottled kefir every afternoon.
I haven’t yet found anyone who wants my surplus grains, so I’ve even had to put some around my plants and throw a few away. This is one of the best purchases I ever made because it’s fun and healthy. The only caution I’d sound is that it’s something of a long-term commitment to keep making a new batch every day. You can rest them in the fridge but that’s not supposed to be really good for them. They like to work!
BTW, my highly successful recipe is to use the recommended rapadura sugar, plus 1 fig, a few golden raisins, a few fresh cranberries, about 1/4 of a fresh lemon plus tiny pinches of baking soda, unprocessed salt and bone meal. They double in size and number with every batch!
For those who don’t know what water kefir is, let me offer a quick explanation. Water kefir crystals are a live cultured product, like yogurt or dairy-based kefir. Many of our favorite foods -like cheese, bread, wine and beer – are made with cultures of bacteria and/or yeasts (thru the process of fermentation). The ‘crystals’ are actually live communities of beneficial bacteria that produce what are popularly known as probiotics. Think of activia, for an example. These colonies of bacteria live and grow in a mixture of sugar, water and fruit.
Water kefir is a clear, slightly fizzy drink. The taste and color varies, depending largely on what type of fruit you add to the kefir, but to me there is a definite (but pleasant) fermented taste. So at this point you might be thinking why on earth would I want to drink bacteria!?!
Many people experience digestive trouble, especially as they age. Also, using antibiotics (not to mention the rampant over-usage of antibiotics by the meat and dairy industries), can cause the die-off of beneficial bacteria in our guts. This leads to irregularity, which means we start taking pills, which only leads to more irregularity, or at least in my case it did.
I did a lot of internet research on natural remedies, which is where I learned about about all the bacteria that live in our intestines. There’s a lot of them too! There are quite a few studies, but they basically all boil down to the same thing- the more varied and thriving your gut bacteria are, the healthier you are (generally speaking). I tried activia, but because of dairy allergies couldn’t eat it on a regular basis. So when I read about water kefir, I decided to try it.
There’s a lot of info on water kefir on the internet if you want to investigate further, but basically the process is as follows-
When you get your kefir crystals, rinse them with mineral water. Tap water shouldn’t be used as it is usually chlorinated to kill various bacteria etc., which will have the same effect on your kefir crystals. You can boil tap water to remove chlorine, but must let it cool. To start out with, dissolve 4 tablespoons of (preferably unrefined) sugar into 4 cups room temp. water. Add your crystals to this mixture and cover with a lid or dust-proof cover. I use a coffee filter secured with a rubber band around the top of a mason jar. A glass or ceramic container is best- never use metal with your kefir crystals. I don’t know why, but everyone agrees with that. After this is where things get tricky.
You should always add some type of fruit to your kefir- some people say only dried (unsulphered), some say fresh, some say both. Also, some people say always add lemon or ginger, though others say this makes their kefir flat. And you should add minerals to your kefir if your water doesn’t have many. I live over a limestone aquifer, so I don’t have that problem. I can only say that for me, fresh ginger and lemon work fine, so I’m sticking with these for now. Please check out the hundreds of recipes, hints and techniques on the web. There’s a lot of conflicting info, but if you’re the experimental type, you’ll have fun.
Now for the specifics! I received about 3 tablespoons of tan colored crystals in a sealed plastic pouch, covered with foil and bubble wrap (the crystals were tan colored because Keysands uses unrefined sugar or possibly molasses for the added minerals). They were sent in a sturdy flat cardboard box. Shipping was so fast that even in daily 102-104 temps, there was hardly any die-off. I popped them in the fridge til I could tend to them later that night. They came right to life, and were bubbling away before the night was over.
This is actually my second purchase of water kefir crystals from Keysands. My first batch went bad after a couple months, totally my own fault- too warm a spot, too little sugar and crazy active crystals.
My only criticism of Keysands would be that the info sheet that comes with the crystals just isn’t informative enough. They give you only the absolute minimum of info on caring for your crystals, and nothing on what to do if something goes wrong. Then again, there is enough info on the web to fill a dozen books. But the product is worth the five stars anyways!
Excellent!!! By far the best out of several I ordered.
These are huge, beautiful, highly productive water kefir grains. I purchased grains from 4 different companies hoping I would get some good ones from some or all. These are fantastic…they have already doubled in size. Also, because of the heat the seller had to delay shipping…although this was no fault of theirs, they were more than accommodating!
Excellent seller all around – many thanks .
As promised, Keysands shipped me my water kefir grains safely packaged and they arrived very quickly (faster than I expected!). I was so excited to get them going that I set them up in their first brew tonight and can’t wait to see some results! Again, as promised, there were 4 tablespoons of live grains and simple, clear and informative instructions. I added a little blackstrap molasses along with raw sugar as they offered as a tip in order to help them recover from shipping. Their culture stock looks healthy and I am so glad that I ordered from Keysands! Thank you!!! PS- their customer service is excellent and friendly/inviting.
UPDATE: I am 32 hours into my first brew and they have already grown and there has been color change of the water indicating an extremely successful first run!!!! Fantastic product!!!
Water kefir grains from Keysands
The water kefir grains I received are very active. They recovered from a 2-day trip in 90+ weather (probably hotter in the mail truck) and made a decent-tasting drink their first time (though it took them 3 days). The second time only took a single day and had more carbonation. They’ve reproduced too, and after 4 days I now have twice as many as before.
The grains come with a basic recipe, but I’ve been following a recipe I found on the Internet that says to use half light sugar and half dark sugar, and also says to add 4 raisins and a slice of lemon to the water/sugar mix before letting the grains do their thing.
thank you very much i have tried this from a few different sellers and i have to say this is the best and cheapest i highly recomend you and i will be telling my friends!! thanks again!!!
Vivacious, resilient, effective culture
Keysands delivered a very good product. I received the package with full instructions and followed them carefully. Within 3 weeks I had multiplied the mass of the grains by tenfold and now I’m sharing the tibicos with friends when they come over. Their reaction varies from “it tastes like sparkling pear juice” to “i don’t like kombucha vinegar drink either”. With the extra grains I now have, I feel safer with experimenting. So far, no failed batches even when I made really weird stuff:
(ginger juice + black pepper juice + dates + cayenne pepper extract)
but typically you keep them alive with:
Keysands tibicos grains (4 tbs)
3/4- 1 gal spring / filtered water
1 cup of natural cane sugar or piconcillo sugar (1 brown sugar Mexi-cone)
5 pitted dates in a mesh basket
10 drops of concentrace (trace minerals)
2 tbs of lemon juice or 1 tsp citric acid
If you like kombucha and the taste of sugar cane / brown sugar, you’ll like the basic recipe Keysands gives you (similar to mine above) and the pear flavored, mildly sour mildly yeasty, clean cane sugar finish tibicos drink it makes. It’s milder than kombucha, but you can long-ferment ( > 72 hrs) and get a more ‘yeasty flavor’. I’ve found long-fermenting inside the fridge makes a bacteria bias versus yeast bias (the grains are a complex polysaccharide matrix formed by a symbiotic community of bacteria and yeast), this makes for more of a kombucha drink with less chance-to-alcohol versus outside of fridge which makes a more yeast bias / mildly alcoholic (typically 1 to .5% or less)
Mine I chose to risk getting shipped in June, on a 95 degree day. It was shipped quickly and survived, plastic sealed bag in a foil wrapping. My first batch was active and fermented the sugar I added. It is very easy to grow. It taste is actually very neutral compared to other fermented beverages such as Kombucha (which I also brew). This is a great fermenter for a beginner. The grains are very hardy and easy to get acclimated if you follow directions provided.
Basically the recipe is 4 cups of mineral water, 4 tablespoons of sugar, 4 table spoons of Kefir grains, and a tiny pinch of baking soda.
Use a glass mason jar, which you can get at most grocery stores. Put cheese cloth on the top, which you can also get at most grocery stores. Let it sit for 24-72hrs (longer for the first batch).
This is a great way to get live pro-biotic supplementation cheaply.. for the price of sugar. And it’s suitable for vegans.
Hope that helps.
This is the company to choose for water kefir grains!
I am extremely impressed with this company and its product. They notified me that they had received my order, then notified me again that the grains had been shipped. These messages were sent on the same day that I ordered the grains. On the third day I received the package. The grains were beautifully wrapped and arrived in great shape. I thought I was receiving 1/4 cup of grains, but the actual measurement was 1/3 cup. It’s not often we get so much more product than expected! When I notified Keysands of my appreciation I received a personal note back, something rather unusual these days. I would give Keysands 10 stars if I could!
Here is an addition to the above notation:
I checked the grains daily — after 5 days of mingling with their sugar solution and lemon wedge, I found the mixture was ready to be filtered for a second fermentation. Imagine my surprise to discover that the ‘almost’ 1/3 cup of grains had expanded to ‘almost’ one cup. The flavor of the kefir was delightful, even without the addition of fruit. However, I’m adding some organic blueberries and raspberries. In another 24 hours this elixir should be over the top. Instructions that come with the grains suggest that there may not be much growth in the first week. My batch of grains was certainly an exception.