• Tibicos (Tibi)• Búlgaros• Bees• Japanese Water Crystals• Japanese Beer seeds• Graines Vivantes (French)• Wasserkefir• Sugar Kefir Grains• Piltz, (German)• Kefir di Frutta (Italian)• Kefirs/Keefir/Kephir• Aqua Gems• Sea Rice• Sugary Fungus, Graines Vivantes• Kefir d’acqua/aqua• Kefir d’uva (grape juice is used)• Bébées• African bees• California Bees• Australian bees• Vinegar bees• Ginger bees• Ale nuts• Balm of Gilead• Beer seeds• Beer plant
• Ginger Beer plant (though not to be confused with actual GBP, which is a different strain). Bakers yeast in sugar water is also referred to as Ginger Beer Plant. Overtime the name has come to represent the process and drink more so than the culture that creates it, which causes some confusion.
• It can also be referred to as the Tibetan Mushroom, which is also interchangeably used to refer to milk kefir and kombucha.
As you can see, it has adapted many nicknames from being around for so long, and shared by so many cultures around the world. Some of the names are similar to milk kefir because of the lack of distinguishing between the two through history (just as we call both ‘kefir’ but only distinguish by saying milk or water).