All about Waterkefir

What is Waterkefir ?

Waterkefir is a great probiotic beverage. You make water kefir yourself using water kefirgrains. After making the Waterkefir it contains many vitamins and probiotic lactic acid bacteria.

How to make Waterkefir ?

If you have Water kefir grains it is actually very easy. You make Water kefir according to a recipe (see article below).

What do you need ?

  • 1  jar of about 1 liter of capacity.
  • Bottles of about 1 liter of capacity.
  • A plastic colander
  • Plastic measuring jug
  • A Plastic or Wooden spoon

What you need as ingredients ?

  • Water kefir grains
  • Water, prefered spring water
  • Organic lemons
  • Organically unsulphured dried fruit
  • 30 – 50 grams of organic sugars

How to start ?

If you just received your water kefir grains by postal, you should rinse them under running water.

  • To make 1 liter of kefir you use about 100 grams kefirgrains.
  • Pour 1 liter water into the jar.
  • Cut the lemon into 2 pieces.
  • Add 30 grams of sugar.  Best use organic sugar.
  • Add 2 to 3 pieces of dried fruit. For example: dates, figs, apricots, raisins.
  • Stir the kefir gently with a wooden spoon.
  • Cover the jar with a breatbale cloth and put in a bright place, not in direct sunlight.
  • Stir once a day.
  • After about 1 to 3 days you can harvest. The longer you leave it, the more it will ferment. Surely havest after 72 hours, otherwise the kefirgrains run out of food.

How to harvest ?

  • Open the jar, remove the cloth.
  • Remove the lemons.
  • Remove the dried fruit and throw it away.
  • Squeeze the lemon halves from above the colander. So, the lemon juice gets into the bottle.
  • Strain the kefir. Pour the kefir above the sieve into the bottle, it is ready to use and can be kept in the refrigerator.
  • Rinse the kefirgrains carefully under running water.
  • Start Again with the set-up and start your next kefir batch.

What type of sugar to use ?

This may be organic sugar, cane sugar, agave syrup, juice concentrate, coconut blossom sugar.

Where do I get kefirgrains ?

water kefirKefir is growing constantly, if you take care of them properly and use the right products, your kefirgrains will grow slightly each time, after each batch. At one point you can start making 2 jars with kefir, or you can make someone else happy with the kefirgrains,  so that person can also start with making kefir. Or else you even can eat the kefir grains, give them to your pets.

Do you know anyone who has water kefir grains ? You can also order them online. Take a peak at the KEFIRSHOP.eu.

Important facts:

  • Use no honey. Honey has an antibacterial effect and therefore it will kill the bacteria in the kefirgrains.
  • Best only use plastic material.
  • Wash the jars and bottles just with hot water. Detergent can also affect the kefir grains.
  • Use organic ingredients. Pesticides can also affect the kefir grains.
  • Look out, when you close the lid of the jar, while fermenting there is a rish the jar will explode, we only use a breathable cloth.had to admit that it’s pretty good 😉

Alcohol in Waterkefir ?
Note that by fermentating alcohol starts building, waterkefir contains a small percentage of alcohol. The alcohol content is estimated at 0,2 to max. 2%.

On this website you can read all about Waterkefir.

Have a nice day everyone!

Learn to Make Water Kefir

How to make Water Kefir

Basic Water Kefir Instructions

Supplies and Ingredients :

  • 100 grams water kefir grains (ratio : kefir grains / water ~ 1/10)
  • 1 liter of water (well water, hard water preferably)
  • 75 grams of unrefined sugar (cane sugar preferably)
  • sweet dried fruit (figs 2 or some raisins; dried unsulphured fruit is the best)
  • half a lemon (organic, if unpeeled wash the lemon first)
  • glass jar of 1.5 to 2 liters
  • plastic sieve or strainer
  • coffee filter or cloth
  • rubber band
  • plastic spoon

Method :

  1. Rinse the kefir grains under running cold water.
  2. Dissolve the sugar in some hot water. Stir well. Pour the rest of the gallon of water into the jar. Allow the water to cool down to room temperature.
  3. Place the kefir grains and the dried fruit to the water.
  4. Cover the jar with a breathable cloth or coffeefilter (to keep away the fruit flies), put the jar somewhere warm (not in direct sunlight).
  5. After about 24 ~ 48 hours the kefir will be ready. To separate the grains, fruit use a strainer, pick out any fruit or lemon. Squeeze the lemon into your strained kefir. Throw away the dried fruit. You can keep the strained drink in the refrigerator.
  6. Rinse the kefir grains under running water. The kefir grains can be used immediately for the next preparation.

Tips and Tricks on Water Kefir

Do a second ferment. You may drink the kefir after the first fermentation but it is flat. A second ferment brings the carbonation and tastiness.
Always “burp” your bottles during the second fermentation. The carbonation build-up over time can lead to the jar exploding.
Measure out the amount of kefir grains (ratio : 1/10) you want to use in your next preparation.
Use spring water. Spring water has many minerals, minerals are important for the health of your kefir grains.

Where can I find water kefir grains ?

You can purchase water kefir grains at the Kefirshop.eu. The Kefirshop delivers kefir grains across Europe. They have live water kefir grains, but also the dried water kefir grains for sale.

european-union-flagLive water kefir grains are grown in unrefines organic sugar, molasses and spring water, detailed instructions and support are provided by the Kefirshop.eu. The kefir grains will multiply quickly so you should never need to buy kefir grains agian. Shipped First Class – Orders are posted on Monday till Thursday, to avoid being in the postoffice over the weekend. Kefir can be shipped to following countries : Europe: Albania, Andorra, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hongaria, Ireland, Iceland, Italia, Croatia, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Litouwen, Luxemburg, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Nederland, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Roemenia, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slowakia, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, Turkey, Belarus, Sweden and Switzerland.

What is Milk Kefir ?

Kefir is a thick liquid, carbonated and slightly alcoholic beverage, which originated in the Caucasus and Tibet. It contains probiotic bacteria (lactobacillus cacasicum), which among other things also occur in various types of yoghurt. The slightly sour and refreshing taste similar to yogurt drink. Kefir is easy to make, you just need some kefir grains and milk. So no expensive probiotic drinks or yoghurts to buy, but make the Kefir yourself, Homemade Kefir is much cheaper and tastier! The kefir grains are sponge-like structure of lactose with live yeast cells, as it creates a probiotic product; which is good for health.

Milk kefir is recommended when the intestines are out of balance by eg, a stressful period or after taking antibiotics or medications. By getting a disturbed relationship of the gut bacteria sorts of unwanted bacteria the opportunity and the body is no longer in optimum condition and can cause chronic diseases.

In kefir are healthy bacteria and yeasts. Kefir is a fermented milk drink that is highly nutritious and contains live probiotics. Probiotics are in a position to restore the intestinal mucosa again. Good kefir bacteria lodge in the intestinal mucosa and there eliminate the unhealthy yeast and bacteria. This allows the casings to be restored and the immune system can function optimally because kefir contains valuable vitamins (B12, biotin and vitamin K), and also minerals, beneficial yeasts, easily digestible proteins, lactase.

Milk kefir grains
Milk kefir grains

Kefir has a beneficial effect attributed to a range of symptoms and health problems. Like : Tuberculosis gastrointestinal disorders (or Crohn’s disease.) Disturbed bowel inflammation respiratory tract, kidneys and bladder nerve disease, ADHD, depression.

The composition of kefir is very different than that of yogurt. In yoghurt, for example, is still a lot of lactose and has little or no probiotics.

Kefir is easy to digest.

What is Water Kefir ?

What is Water Kefir ?

Water Kefir spelled as “keh-feer” is a fermented drink that contains good bacteria. Water Kefir is remarkably easy to prepare, the flavor is slightly fizzy lemonade and pleasant to drink that even kids can consume it. This flavored beverage provides good nourishment to the body.

What is Water Kefir is all about?

Like Kombucha, water kefir is a traditional beverage that has “SCOBY” – Symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeasts (good bacteria). The bacteria and yeasts present in the beverage metabolize the sugar, turning into various different types of beneficial acids, additionally it also contains high dose of Vitamin B and food enzymes.

What is the difference between Water Kefir and Kombucha?

Though, Water Kefir and Kombucha contains healthful microbes for your body, Water Kefir has the richer source of Lactic Acid Bacteria, which makes it a super healthy pro-biotic supplement to drink and Kombucha is more like a digestive aid.
Another major difference is their brewing time. Kombucha takes about 7to 30 days to finish fermenting the liquid or you can put an average 2 weeks. Whereas; Water Kefir on the other hand takes about only 2 days to ferment the sugary liquid.
The kombucha during the process will create a baby SCOBY with every batch, and eventually it will be big enough that you can separate the baby SCOBY from the mother so that you will 2 SCOBYs ready for brewing. Water kefir also keep reproducing and multiplying, forming individual grains. You will notice that each time you strain out the water kefir from the liquid, you will have marginally more.

water kefir grains
Water kefir grains

Water Kefir Vs. Milk Kefir

There are 2 type of Kefir grains available Milk and Water. The kefir grains are different and their make process also varies. White kefir grains are cottage cheese white looking whereas water grains are cauliflower and translucent which easily breaks under the pressure. The milk kefir grains feed on the lactose present in the milk whereas water kefir grains feed on sugar.

milk kefir grains
Milk kefir grains

Origins of Water Kefir

Water kefir roots points towards Tibet or Mexico, at times Russia is also said to be the origin of this healthy beverage. This probiotic drink has been around for centuries with different names like “California bees”, Tibicos, Japanese water crystals etc. In Mexico it is widely recognized as Tepache. Off lately, water kefir has gain popularity because it provide nutrition to the body and most importantly it is the best homemade probiotic drink that you can prepare at home without stretching your wallet.