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How to make Water Kefir ?

How to make Water kefir ?

Water kefir (generally pronounced as keh-FEER) isn’t as popular as is milk kefir. But it’s basically the same concept. Moreover, it’s easy and also relatively quicker to make, additionally providing an abundance of probiotic for improving digestive health.

Water kefir is basically a fermented beverage that is teeming with probiotic bacteria which is highly beneficial to us. It is simple and at the same time quick to prepare. Once brewed, it tastes absolutely delicious. Small children enjoy it too. It possesses a slight sweetness to crisp, yeasty, earthy flavor, depending on how it has been prepared. Sometimes if the yeasts are more in the brew then it contains a small amount of alcohol. It is a bit fizzy when bottled.

Water kefir is not only a wonderful source of the beneficial bacteria; but also consists of a variety of organic acids, enzymes and a wide range of vitamins like vitamin K, B vitamins as well as folic acid (2). It is something your family and you can use for your skin daily or drink daily.

Here’s a step by step guide of how to make water kefir

 

  • Dissolve one third cup of sugar in a cup of water in a pot on the stove. Allow it to cool slightly, then add three cups of water to it. Pour over this mixture in a half gallon jar (mason) and add one and half cups of water again (so that this jar is filled up to the 6 cup mark).
  • If the water is at room temperature, pour one third cup of kefir grains (water).
  • Add about some drops of lemon juice. Cover using a coffee filter or a tea towel and secure using any rubber band.
  • Leave this in a warm place for about 24 up to about 48 hours. The longer it is left, the less sweet it is going to be.
  • Taste your water kefir daily to check if it has reached the desired sweetness. If it does, strain the grains on placing the plastic strainer on some other mason jar and pour this kefir through it.
  • Use plastic strainers as some metals can be reactive, thus not recommended for using with the kefir grains.
  • Store grains in sugar water blend in the fridge or use to begin another batch of homemade water kefir.
  • As the kefirgrains are removed, a second fermentation would make it perfect.
  • During the second fermentation add fruit (dried or fresh) or you can also add fruit juice for that making it flavorsome.
  • Rather than using a coffee filter or towel to cover its top, place a plastic wrap on the mouth and on the lid. It will keep the air out and permit to form bubbles.
  • Leave this water kefir totally covered for 24 to about 48 hours. Strain out fruit pieces. Then pour into a clean bottle or container.
  • Store inside a fridge.

Water kefir ingredients

 

The benefits of Kefir

The health benefits of kefir

Kefir grains come in two varieties. The most common are the milk kefir grains and the others are the water kefir grains. The Kefir users agree that the first users of kefir were the people of the Caucasus, Russia. The story tells about how the people of the Caucasus accidentally discovered kefir grains in their leather bags where they kept their milk. The people started then intentionally drinking milk kefir. Milk kefir grains turn ordinary milk into a healthy probiotic drink. Later on the Russians where the first to perform medical studies on kefir. In one way or another kefir ended in our own kitchen. We regularly started drinking kefir in our family and we are experimenting with kefir. We enjoy the benefits of kefir. By regularly drinking kefir we feel protected against a variety of digestive diseases. Both milk kefir and water kefir as are known in the treatment of many common diseases.

Kefir is a probiotic-rich beverage


Milk kefirgrains  water kefirgrains


Both milk kefir and water kefir are rich in probiotics, although they have different strains. There are many more probiotics in kefir than in other health drinks, like yoghurt. Water kefir is also called tibicos. A dairy free diet is also good for lactose intolerance. Yet milk kefir is also good for lactose intolerance because the bacteria eat the lactose before it can harm human consumers. There is a milk drink that is friendly for people with lactose intolerance, it is milk kefir. Second, with water kefir you can stay away from the fat content in milk. Although skim milk has very little fat, Water kefir has zero percent fat. Thirdly, Water kefir is flexible. You can experiment more with water kefir grains because they work with different types of fluid as long as they have a sugar content. You can add any fruit or vegetable to your water kefir and work with more exciting flavors. The result is a vibrant, soda-like drink that soda could be your healthy alternative.