Optional – a hydrometer. Fermented drinks like kefir water and kombucha can contain a very small amount of alcohol – generally about the same amount as found in very ripe fruit. Because kefir water is not fermented very long, it is a negligible amount. But if you are giving it to your kids and want to be sure – get a hydrometer – which will tell you the exact amount of alcohol it contains.
Once you get your water kefir grains, you will first need to rehydrate/activate them.
Here are some troubleshooting tips from Cultures from Health. I had to use these this Summer when I was making kefir water in really hot conditions, and my kefir grains got a little smelly (they smelled like sweat socks). I ended up just tossing mine, and getting new ones – but they have lots of helpful tips if you need them.
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