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 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.
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.