Water kefir is an effervescent, dairy-free drink that is delicious and easy to make.
This probiotic, 'gut friendly' drink is a great alternative to sugary soft drinks, and you can make it with water, coconut water or juice.
In this article, you'll learn to make water kefir using water.
1. Add water, sugar and molasses to your glass jar. Stir until the sugar is almost dissolved. Optional: Add bicarbonate of soda, which increases the pH level, and helps the grains grow. If necessary, use a small amount of boiling water to dissolve the sugar and molasses. Top up with cold water.
Molasses adds minerals and vitamins to your kefir, which assist with their growth and survival. If you do not have molasses, you can use the basic recipe of kefir grains, water and sugar.
2. Once the mixture has dissolved and is lukewarm, add your water kefir grains.
3. Optional: Add a slice of lemon and a small piece of ginger root.
4. Place a piece of cheesecloth or muslin on top of your jar. Secure with a rubber band. This will allow air circulation while protecting your grains from insects and dust.
5. Place your glass jar on your kitchen bench, out of direct sunlight. The ideal temperature is between 20 - 24 degrees Celsius. Leave for 24-48 hours. Remove ginger and lemon.
6. Strain the liquid from your kefir grains. Fill high-quality glass bottles (preferably Grolsch style brewing bottles) with your water kefir. Store in the fridge.
7. Repeat this fermentation process using your grains. Rinse grains first with water and always use fresh ingredients. By continually feeding your grains with water and sugar (and optional extra ingredients) you can keep your grains 'alive' indefinitely. Be kind to your grains! Don't starve them of sugar and they'll grow and multiply.
8. Adjust quantities according to how much your grains have multiplied.
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