How to Make Water Kefir
Water kefir is not only easy to make, it is a delicious, probiotic-rich, dairy-free drink your whole family will enjoy.
What is Water Kefir?
Water kefir is a lacto-fermented drink made from sugar water, juice, or coconut water. Unlike its more famous cousin milk kefir, water kefir is a dairy-free drink. The term lacto-culturing refers not to lactose (milk sugar), but to the conversion of the sugar into lactic acid to support the beneficial yeast and bacteria.
Water Kefir Starter Ferments
Water kefir granules are the traditional starter ferment used to make water kefir. Water kefir granules do not contain any “grain” such as wheat, rye, etc., but rather are called granules due to their grain-like appearance. Water kefir granules generally contain over 450 strains of beneficial yeast and bacteria! With proper care, they can typically be re-fermented indefinitely culturing a new batch of water kefir every 24 to 48 hours.
Supplies for Culturing Water Kefir:
- Water Kefir Granules
- Sugar: 1/4 cup per quart of water
- White sugar (preferably organic) or unprocessed sugars such as rapadura or Sucanat work best.
- Honey can be used but does not have the proper balance of sugars and will not nourish the granules properly.
Water (non-chlorinated, non-fluoridated)
- Well water or spring water is best due to higher mineral content.
- We do not recommend using water filtered through a carbon activated filter (e.g., Britta or Pur) or reverse osmosis water due to the depleted mineral levels. If you must use distilled, reverse osmosis, or filtered water, we recommend adding some mineral drops to the water to improve the quality.
- If using tap water, remove the chlorine prior to culturing water kefir either by boiling the water and allowing it to cool, or by aerating the water using a blender. If your water contains chloramines rather than chlorine, the chloramines must be removed by filtering.
- Fluoride must be removed by filtering through reverse osmosis or another method specifically designed for fluoride removal.
One glass jar: quart to half-gallon size One plastic or wood stirring utensil (We recommend avoiding metal when working with kefir granules; stainless steel is acceptable.) One towel or paper coffee filter to use as a covering for the jar Optional: A fine mesh strainer (plastic or stainless steel) for removing the kefir granules from the finished kefir
Please note, if your water kefir granules are in a dried state, click here to learn how to activate the granules prior to culturing water kefir.
Culturing Water Kefir:
- To make a quart of water kefir, dissolve 1/4 cup sugar in a small amount of hot water. If culturing two quarts of water kefir, use 1/2 cup of sugar. Add enough cool water to almost fill the jar leaving 1 to 2 inches of headspace.
- When the water has cooled to room temperature, add the kefir granules. Cover the jar tightly with a towel and rubber band to keep out fruit flies and ants.
- Allow the kefir to ferment for 24 to 48 hours. 24 hours will yield a sweeter water kefir. However, if you are sensitive to sugar, ferment the kefir for 48 hours to give the granules a chance to consume a larger portion of the sugar. Do not let the kefir granules ferment longer than 72 hours. As the kefir granules ferment, you may notice tiny bubbles forming and traveling to the water surface. (Do not be concerned if no bubbles appear; see below.)
- Once the kefir has fermented for the desired duration of time, strain off the finished liquid into a separate container. (Use a fine mesh plastic strainer if possible; stainless steel is acceptable if necessary.)
- Add the granules to a new batch of sugar water and proceed with your next batch.
- Add flavoring to the kefir you’ve just strained from the granules, and cover the kefir with a tight lid. Let the flavored kefir sit at room temperature for another couple of days. Finished water kefir does not require refrigeration, but can be refrigerated if you desire a cold drink.
- Please note, it is common for kefir granules not to appear active for the first few weeks. This is not an indication of whether they are working; rather, dried kefir granules can simply take some time to become fully active. Please see the “Troubleshooting” section below for more information.
- If you are culturing multiple products (e.g., different varieties of yogurt, buttermilk, kefir, kombucha, etc.) be sure to keep a distance of at least several feet between ferments so they don’t cross-contaminate each other. Over time, cross-contamination will weaken the ferments.
Troubleshooting Water Kefir:
- Click here for extensive water kefir troubleshooting information.
- After rehydration, you may not see very many (or any) bubbles forming in the liquid. That’s okay and does not indicate a problem. Often the bubbles are so tiny and infrequent, you would need to watch very carefully for an extended duration of time to see them. Transfer the granules to new sugar water and proceed with culturing your first batch.
- To determine whether the granules are “working” simply taste the liquid before and after the culturing process. Although finished water kefir will still be sweet, it will not be as sweet as the original sugar water. Also, the color of the liquid will change over the 48-hour culturing duration (generally will become lighter in color).
- It can take a few batches before your kefir granules effectively remove sugar from the water. This is a normal part of the process.
- Water kefir carbonation may vary greatly from batch to batch. A lack of carbonation does not indicate a problem with the water kefir granules. Factors influencing carbonation include the type of sugar used. (Using less-processed sugars such as Rapadura or adding molasses to white sugar will generally produced a more carbonated drink.) After culturing (following removal of the granules), fruit juice can be added to the finished kefir and the mixture stored in a container with a tight lid for several days to improve carbonation. (Use caution when removing the lid!) See the formula section below for more information.
- Water kefir granules are occasionally reluctant to multiply. Even if the kefir granules do not multiply, they can be used repeatedly to brew water kefir.
- Water kefir granules can sit directly in the liquid or can be contained in a large fabric pouch. Be sure the pouch is large enough to accommodate the multiplication of kefir granules should it occur, and is sufficently loose to allow the water to flow through and contact the granules. The pouch may need to be secured with a rubber band to ensure the kefir granules do not escape.
- Water kefir can be flavored with dried or fresh fruit, flavoring extracts, or juice. Dried fruit can soak in the finished water kefir for up to a week. Fresh fruit must be changed daily.
- Water kefir granules can be used with fruit juice rather than sugar water. We recommend caution however, as some juices (citrus for example) can harm the granules. Please keep in mind that juice can be very hard on the kefir granules and we recommend waiting until your kefir granules multiply and you have extras before culturing some kefir granules in juice.
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How To Make Natural Authentic Milk Kefir Health Drink
Milk kefir is a fermented and a little carbonated sweet beverage made from brewing kefir grains. Kefir is a much delicious and easier to make beverage than yoghurt and is a much tolerated by lactose intolerant people and not to mention the many health benefits of Milk Kefir drink. It is a much easier beverage to prepare and takes only 24hrs to brew with a much larger range of probiotics than yoghurt.
Why More People Are Taking To Natural and Authentic Milk Kefir Health Drink in Their Diets
More and more people are now taking kefir beverages due to the realization of the need to eat local healthy and natural foods and economically. There is however a lot of disinformation and fake products that pass as the real kefir beverages. A lot of products are packaged as kefir that you can buy from a mall but these are not real due to packaging, and preservation requirements. The best kefir beverage can only be made at home by you and using the most genuine kefir grains.
What is contained in Natural Authentic Milk Kefir Health Drink
Milk kefir is a culture from Symbiotic Colony of Bacteria and Yeasts (SCOBY) that is commonly known as kefir grains. The kefir grains looks like cauliflower or cottage cheese and is a colony of small bacteria and yeast. The milk kefir grains are white, lumpy and gelatinous and are made primarily of lactic acid producing bacteria.
How to Culture Natural and Authentic Milk Kefir Beverage Health Drink
Milk kefir is easy to make and its also very easy to get. Kefir drink is a good addition to your family diet and you can start to substitute your family diet with this traditional food. On getting the kefir grains you need to mix them with raw milk allowing it to culture at a room temperature of about 25 degrees centigrade. Usually the best time to allow a culture of kefir drink is from 24-48hrs. When the mixture cultures at room temperature, the beneficial strains of bacteria and yeasts metabolize the milk sugars creating a thick beverage complete with vitamins, probiotics, Kefiran and other nourishing elements. The milk kefir gets more folate rich and sour the more it cultures. Don’t let it culture for too long as it will become inedible.
What are the Health Benefits of Natural Milk Kefir Drink and Beverages
Kefir drink is part of traditional foods that are rich in helpful bacteria and lactic acid. The kefir drink is known as an anti-inflammatory and helps in combating gastrointestinal distress from ailments like pyroli, salmonella and e-coli. Milk Kefir may also play a role in prevention of cancer as it has displayed anti-tumoural qualities. Cultured milk has been found to help in prevention of colon cancer, bladder cancer and breast cancer.
Infact, some researchers have proven that milk kefir is the most promising food that has shown tremendous effect in prevention of cancer.
Where can I find Natural Authentic Milk Kefir Grains to make Kefir Health Drink
You can ask locally for people that prepare kefir grains to use them to ferment your kefir drink. The other way is to find a suitable person in your area that sells them and purchase them from a known homemade supplier. Don’t buy the mall stuff as it is most like stale and not able to give you good kefir drink brew.
The other viable option is to purchase milk kefir grains online and wait for afew days for the shipment. There are some very popular producer of milk kefir grains who do oversees shipment. You can also get a Dvd Video Tutorial on how to make milk kefir drink.
The process of making Milk Kefir Beverage Drink
Preparation Time: 5 min
Fermenting Time: 24 hrs
Yield: 1 quart
It is very easy to prepare great milk kefir at home and it requires less effort than you use to make homemade yogurt; and that is usually very little effort.
- 1 heaped tablespoon of milk kefir grains (available here)
- 1 quart raw whole milk
- Put milk kefir grains in the bottom of a clean glass jar. Cover with 1 quart fresh raw milk.
- Very loosely, place the lid and band on the mason jar. You do not want to tighten it because, as with all fermentation, carbon dioxide is created and needs to escape. Culture for 24 – 48 hours at room temperature. For a thin, mild kefir you can culture for 12 hours.
- Once culturing is complete, strain milk kefir into a new mason jar, cap and refrigerate. Begin reculturing a new batch of kefir, if desired or allow your kefir grains to rest in water in the refrigerator for a few days until you’re ready to make kefir again.
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