How to make Water Kefir ?

How to make Water kefir?

Water kefir (pronounced as keh-FEER) isn’t as popular as milk kefir. But it’s the same concept. Moreover, it’s easy and quick to make, providing an abundance of probiotics for improving digestive health.
Water kefir is a fermented beverage teeming with probiotic bacteria, which is highly beneficial. It is simple and, at the same time, quick to prepare. Once brewed, it tastes delicious. Small children enjoy it too. It possesses a slight sweetness to crisp, yeasty, earthy flavor, depending on its preparation. Sometimes if the yeasts are more in the brew, it contains a small amount of alcohol. It is a bit fizzy when bottled.

Water kefir is an excellent source of beneficial bacteria and consists of various organic acids, enzymes, and a wide range of vitamins like vitamin K, B, and folic acid (2). You and your family can use it for your skin or drink it daily.

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

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

Vital Information Regarding Water Kefir Grains

Keep these helpful hints in mind as you continue to make tasty fruity water kefir “beverage” for yourself or the entire family.

There is no need to wash the kefir grains; they are ready to use. Kefir water grains reproduce, but not always more grains in each batch. That’s okay because the grains can be reused repeatedly. Water kefir grains will ferment the sugar water mixture best at temperatures ranging from 20 to 26°C. Cooler temperatures cause fermentation to take longer, while warmer temperatures hasten the process.

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