Making Water Kefir

food Sep 21, 2017

Water Kefir is a probiotic drink. It's created by using water kefir grains, which are a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast that feed on sugar water, juice or coconut water.

 

I love Water Kefir. I usually do a second ferment to make a beautifully, slightly sparkly drink which is good for my gut, general health and tastes delicious. 

 

In this video I show you, how I make Water Kefir. There are probably any number of variations of how to make it and how to look after your kefir grains, and over time you will find your own tried and tested process. 

 

 

 
 
Making Water Kefir
 
September 21, 2017
|
Gabriela Lerner
 
 
Water Kefir is a probiotic drink. It's created by using water kefir grains, which are a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast that feed on sugar water, juice or coconut water.

 

I love Water Kefir. I usually do a second ferment to make a beautifully, slightly sparkly drink which is good for my gut, general health and tastes delicious. 

 

In this video I show you, how I make Water Kefir. There are probably any number of variations of how to make it and how to look after your kefir grains, and over time you will find your own tried and tested process. 

 


 

I use:

a 1.5l Kilner or Mason Jar
2 tablespoons of water kefir grains
4-6 tablespoons of sugar (experiment and find the sweetness/tartness level that's right for you and still feeds the grains)
half an organic, unwaxed lemon
1/8 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) on every 3rd or 4th ferment
My favourite second ferment combos are:

sliced orange and grated ginger
blackberries and dried mulberries
black currents and dates
pears and cinnamon
plums and mulberries
raspberries and goji berries
raspberries, mulberries and dried hibiscus
What to do with your kefir grains when you go away:

replace the water with new sugar water
place the grains in the fridge (they can usually handle up to two weeks in the fridge)
when you're ready to start fermenting again, drain the grains and replace the sugar water.
let it ferment for two days, then drain and replace the sugar water again.
after that you should be good to go. 
If your grains don't ferment any more then get new grains. Share your surplus grains with friends and family. You can also dehydrate the grains at 42ºC but it takes a while to get them going again after they are re-hydrated. 

 

Where to buy grains:

In the UK: https://happykombucha.co.uk/collections/water-kefir

In Germany: https://shop.wellness-drinks.de/en/water-kefir/

In the USA: https://www.culturesforhealth.com/buy-water-kefir-grains.html

 

Let me know your favourite Water Kefir flavour! 

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