All about Waterkefir

What is Water kefir ?

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

How to make Water kefir ?

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 kefir grains.
  • 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 breathable 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 harvest after 72 hours, otherwise the kefir grains 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 kefir grains 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 kefir grains 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 kefir grains,  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 peek 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.

Alcohol in water kefir ?
Note that by fermentation alcohol starts building, water kefir 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 Water kefir.

Have a nice day everyone!

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.