Keysands is a US-based family that sells both live and dehydrated organic water kefir grains. I bought their dehydrated water kefir grains about a month ago (in January 2013). Although I already had a box of water kefir grains sitting in the fridge, I wanted to order some online to see if they were different. Keysands ships internationally and happened to be the cheapest option so I decided to get the grains there.
The water kefir grains cost me under ten bucks into total which I thought was really cheap. This is in contrast to many places that charge ten to twenty dollars for just the grains and another fee for shipping.
Shipping time was reasonable. My order was made in late January 2013 and I received the grains 25 days later, which wasn’t bad considering they had to travel all the way to Singapore. Strangely, I was informed through PayPal that the order was shipped on the 29th, but the label on the package shows a date stamp on the 6th of February. Still, it didn’t take too long to arrive so I’m happy 🙂 Shipping was via USPS First Class Mail International.
The water kefir grains were properly packed. The package arrived in a gray plastic envelope and the grains were sealed in a separate clear plastic bag. Bubblewrap wasn’t used but I guess it wasn’t necessary since these are dehydrated grains.
Clear instructions were given on how to use the grains. The water kefir grains came with a note on how to rehydrate them. There was also a full page of detailed directions on how to make water kefir. If I were making water kefir for the first time, I would have found this super helpful.
Using their instructions, I rehydrated my water kefir grains in about 4 days. I saw some grains floating in the bottle on the third but left them brewing for another day just in case. Drinking the kefir used for rehydration is not recommended, but I tasted some anyway. It was kind of diluted because I used too much water but it already tasted a bit like regular water kefir!
Here are the water kefir grains after 4 days:
They look darker because I used black sugar. These water kefir grains look similar to the ones I already had. But just too see if there are any differences, I’m made a separate batch of kefir with each. Will do an update if I find anything.
Overall, I would recommend Keysands if you’re looking get water kefir grains. They’re very inexpensive, shipping was reasonable and most importantly, their kefir grains work! Also, whether you’re in the United States or overseas, I recommend getting the dehydrated ones because they’re cheaper and easier to handle.