Water Kefir Water Kefir

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I started making water kefir for my family about 4 years ago, to help my son's eczema, as well as my husband's unknown skin allergy.  Since then, it has been part of our daily diet to get more probiotics. So far it has been working effectively and everyone in the family loves it. So, what is water kefir? Water kefir is a probiotic drink made with water kefir grains also called kefir cultures, and kefir grains are colonies of good bacteria and yeasts that create probiotics and enzymes during the process of making water kefir.  The kefir grains have a similar look to cauliflower florets, with transparent grains being water kefir grains and white grains being milk kefir grains. Let's get started,

Equipments & Ingredients:

  • 1 Liter glass jar
  • Wooden spoon
  • Good water (If you use tap water, boil to remove chlorine and cool down to 20°C - 30°C, I use Pi Water myself.)
  • Raw Cane Sugar (Do not use honey, I use organic raw cane sugar & a little molasses.)
  • Water kefir grains (Kefir grains cannot be made or manufactured, look for someone who might be able to share some with you.)

Instructions:

If you get your kefir grains dehydrated, you need to hydrate (activate) them first.  Dissolve approx. 50-60 grams of sugar into water approx. 20°C - 30°C, and pour approx. 60 grams of kefir grains (1 sugar : 1 grains).  Cover the jar and leave for 5 days, the hydrated kefir grains should look plump and translucent. If you get your kefir grains fresh and hydrated, you can omit the above step, and proceed on making water kefir.

  1. Pour 1 liter of water into glass jar.
  2. Cool down / heat up water to 20°C - 30°C.
  3. Dissolve approx. 60 grams of sugar into water.
  4. Add approx 60 grams of hydrated (activated) kefir grains.
  5. Place in a warm spot around 20°C - 30°C for 24 - 48 hours.
  6. Filter out the kefir grains from the finished water kefir.
  7. The finished water kefir is ready for drink.
  8. Place the kefir grains into a new batch of sugar water and repeat steps 1 to 6.

Reminder, a small amount of natural alcohol is present in the finished water kefir. The amount will vary from batch to batch but for the typical culturing period, the amount of alcohol should be quite low. My husband describes it as drinking alcoholic soda.

FAQ:

  • How many times I can use the kefir grains? If proper care is taken, kefir grains have an unlimited life span and can be used repeatedly.
  • Can I leave the kefir grains longer than 48 hours? I do not recommend leaving the grains longer than 48 hours because the grains can starve without fresh sugar water.
  • Can I hydrate (activate) the dehydrated kefir grains more than 5 days? I recommend moving the hydrated kefir grains to fresh sugar water after 5 days, because the grains can starve.
  • How will I know if I have successfully made water kefir? The water should turn cloudy or lightened in color.  The taste become less sweet with slight sour taste and aroma.
  • Can I add fruits or other flavorings during the culturing process? No, they may damage the kefir grains.  Keep it simple in sugar water.
  • My water kefir grains are multiplying, what do I do? I recommend 60 grams of kefir grains per liter, more grains will speed up the culturing process. I recommend removing the extra grains to culture an additional new jar of sugar water.  

Source Kefir. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 04, 2015, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kefir

I started making water kefir for my family about 4 years ago, to help my son's eczema, as well as my husband's unknown skin allergy.  Since then, it has been part of our daily diet to get more probiotics. So far it has been working effectively and everyone in the family loves it. So, what is water kefir? Water kefir is a probiotic drink made with water kefir grains also called kefir cultures, and kefir grains are colonies of good bacteria and yeasts that create probiotics and enzymes during the process of making water kefir.  The kefir grains have a similar look to cauliflower florets, with transparent grains being water kefir grains and white grains being milk kefir grains. Let's get started,

Equipments & Ingredients:

  • 1 Liter glass jar
  • Wooden spoon
  • Good water (If you use tap water, boil to remove chlorine and cool down to 20°C - 30°C, I use Pi Water myself.)
  • Raw Cane Sugar (Do not use honey, I use organic raw cane sugar & a little molasses.)
  • Water kefir grains (Kefir grains cannot be made or manufactured, look for someone who might be able to share some with you.)

Instructions:

If you get your kefir grains dehydrated, you need to hydrate (activate) them first.  Dissolve approx. 50-60 grams of sugar into water approx. 20°C - 30°C, and pour approx. 60 grams of kefir grains (1 sugar : 1 grains).  Cover the jar and leave for 5 days, the hydrated kefir grains should look plump and translucent. If you get your kefir grains fresh and hydrated, you can omit the above step, and proceed on making water kefir.

  1. Pour 1 liter of water into glass jar.
  2. Cool down / heat up water to 20°C - 30°C.
  3. Dissolve approx. 60 grams of sugar into water.
  4. Add approx 60 grams of hydrated (activated) kefir grains.
  5. Place in a warm spot around 20°C - 30°C for 24 - 48 hours.
  6. Filter out the kefir grains from the finished water kefir.
  7. The finished water kefir is ready for drink.
  8. Place the kefir grains into a new batch of sugar water and repeat steps 1 to 6.

Reminder, a small amount of natural alcohol is present in the finished water kefir. The amount will vary from batch to batch but for the typical culturing period, the amount of alcohol should be quite low. My husband describes it as drinking alcoholic soda.

FAQ:

  • How many times I can use the kefir grains? If proper care is taken, kefir grains have an unlimited life span and can be used repeatedly.
  • Can I leave the kefir grains longer than 48 hours? I do not recommend leaving the grains longer than 48 hours because the grains can starve without fresh sugar water.
  • Can I hydrate (activate) the dehydrated kefir grains more than 5 days? I recommend moving the hydrated kefir grains to fresh sugar water after 5 days, because the grains can starve.
  • How will I know if I have successfully made water kefir? The water should turn cloudy or lightened in color.  The taste become less sweet with slight sour taste and aroma.
  • Can I add fruits or other flavorings during the culturing process? No, they may damage the kefir grains.  Keep it simple in sugar water.
  • My water kefir grains are multiplying, what do I do? I recommend 60 grams of kefir grains per liter, more grains will speed up the culturing process. I recommend removing the extra grains to culture an additional new jar of sugar water.  

Source Kefir. (n.d.). In Wikipedia. Retrieved September 04, 2015, from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kefir

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