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Water Kefir Soda
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Water Kefir is a fermented drink which has billions of healthy probiotics. Most people are familiar with yogurt which is usually made with cow and goat milk – although there are some new yogurts on the market made with non-dairy milks. Discover the easy basics of making water kefir!

There are also Milk Kefir Grains which are typically fermented in milk but these are completely different from Water Kefir Grains.

BENEFITS of PROBIOTICS in KEFIR:

Probiotics aid in digestive health as well as in immune system health.

Kefir grains are living organisms that need care in order for them to cause fermentation. Learn the basics of making water kefir.

There are just three ingredients of water, sugar and kefir grains to get you started on your way to making this delicious drink.

The first thing you must do is get your kefir grains; these grains are not like your typical wheat, oats or barley grains. Water kefir is so simple to make and so good for you.

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Here are photos of milk kefir grains and water kefir grains so you know the difference:

Milk Kefir Grains

Milk Kefir Grains

Milk kefir grains are moist, white and soft. When the milk kefir grains are first removed from the milk kefir that look like cottage cheese. Once rinsed, they look like little heads of cauliflowers.

Water Kefir Grains

Water Kefir Grains in Fine Mesh Strainer

Water kefir grains are translucent and gelatin looking. They are usually clear or can have an amber color depending on the type of sugar you use during the fermentation process.

The three ingredients needed are: water, sugar and kefir grains.

 

First of all, you will need to get your Water Kefir Grains from either an online source, health food store or from a friend. When you kefir grains arrive, remember that these kefir grains are living things so handle them carefully.

Basics of Making Water Kefir

  1. Upon receiving your Water Kefir Grains , put them in your fine mesh strainer and rinse with clean water to freshen them up.
  2. Place 1/4 cup of Organic Cane Sugar in a clean glass 1 quart jar and add approx. 3 cups filtered water; making sure it is non-chlorinated. Stir to dissolve the sugar. When the sugar has dissolved, add your ½ cup kefir grains. I will also use Florida Crystal Demerara Sugar

Approx. measurements are ¼ cup sugar, and 3 cups water.

Increase your ratio of ingredients as your grains multiply.

  1. Cover the jar with a clean cotton cloth or paper toweling and secure the cloth with a rubber band. Place the jar on your kitchen counter.  Leave for at least 24 hours, but up to 72 hours if your kitchen is on the cool side.
  2. Watch as the grains cause bubbles to form which will rise to the top. Stir a couple of times a day.
  3. Depending on the temperature of your kitchen, the kefir should be ready in 24 /- hours. Bubbles will form & will start to rise to the surface. Foam will also form on the surface of the kefir. This is normal. The kefir will have a fresh tart smell.
  4. Strain your kefir grain mixture through a fine mesh strainer. I strain into a 4-cup measuring cup; always making sure to save your new grains in your mesh strainer for your next batch!!!! You may then rinse these new kefir grains under cold water {never warm or hot} while they are still in the strainer.
  5. Now, you are ready to begin the entire process all over again by placing your freshly strained and rinsed kefir grains into a clean jar with sugar and filtered water. The proper ratio is approx. 2 Tablespoon grains to 1 cup water. If you have more than this amount of grains, please watch as the kefir will make much faster. If it is making your kefir too fast, then reduce the amount of grains or increase the amount of water and sugar. The kefir grains will multiply and increase but great amounts.
  6. Finally, pour your fresh water kefir from your 4 quart measuring cup into a clean jar, cap with a lid and refrigerate. Please note that kefir can become effervescent so do not tighten the lid completely. The longer kefir “makes”, the stronger the flavor and the longer it stays in the refrigerator, the stronger and more effervescent it can become. You must experiment to find how you prefer your kefir. Please Note: Do not tighten the lids on your kefir too tightly as it can cause your jar to explode. This is due to the natural carbonation.
  7. Consider making Kefir Water Soda with a second fermentation. I use Swing Cap Bottles for our Kefir Soda. Purchase bottles online.

There are many ideas for kefir drinks from enjoying plain to adding to smoothies to doing a second fermentation period to make Kefir Soda. The extra grains may even be eaten plain. These grains are soft, pliable and loaded with probiotics.

I have also found that our dogs, cats and chickens love these grains. Feed them some when you have extra. The more grains that you have, the faster your kefir will make. Your kefir grains will multiply on their own; you may slow the process by removing some of the grains and either eating them yourself, feeding some to your animals or by decreasing the amount of water and sugar that you use. You can also add kefir grains to your compost.

Just as a side note…….I used to buy probiotic supplements but do not need to anymore as the kefir provides these . I love the idea of providing our daily needs with simple foods! Kefir is rich in these essential probiotics as well as other nutrients.

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Simple Instructions for Making Water Kefir

Author Original Homesteading

Instructions

  1. Upon receiving your water kefir grains, put them in your strainer and rinse with clean water to freshen them up.

Place 1/4 cup of sugar in a clean glass 1 quart jar and add approx. 3 cups filtered water; making sure it is non-chlorinated. Stir to dissolve the sugar. When the sugar has dissolved, add your ½ cup kefir grains.

  1. Approx. measurements are ¼ cup sugar, and 3 cups water.
  2. Increase your ratio of ingredients as your grains multiply.
  3. Cover the jar with a clean cotton cloth or paper toweling and secure the cloth with a rubber band. Place the jar on your kitchen counter. Leave for at least 24 hrs, up to 72 hours if your kitchen is on the cool side.
  4. Watch as the grains cause bubbles to form which will rise to the top. Stir a couple of times a day.
  5. Depending on the temperature of your kitchen, the kefir should be ready in 24+/- hours. Bubbles will form & will start to rise to the top. Foam will also form on the surface of the kefir. This is normal. The kefir will have a fresh, tart smell.

  6. Strain your kefir grain mixture through a fine mesh strainer. I strain into a 4-cup measuring cup; always making sure to save your new grains in your mesh strainer for your next batch!!!! You may then rinse these new kefir grains under cold water {never warm or hot} while they are still in the strainer.

Now, you are ready to begin the entire process all over again by placing your freshly strained and rinsed kefir grains into a clean jar w/ sugar and filtered water. The proper ratio is approx. 2 Tablespoon grains to 1 cup water. If you have more than this amount of grains, please watch as the kefir will make much faster. If it is making your kefir too fast, then reduce the amount of grains or increase the amount of water and sugar.

Finally, pour your fresh water kefir from your 4 quart measuring cup into a clean jar, cap with a lid and refrigerate. Please note that kefir can become effervescent so do not tighten the lid completely. The longer kefir “makes” the stronger the flavor and the longer it stays in the refrigerator, the stronger and more effervescent it can become. You must experiment to find how best you like your kefir. Do not tighten the lids on your kefir too tightly as it can cause your jar to explode. This is due to the natural carbonation. Consider making Kefir Water Soda with a second fermentation. I use EZ Swing Cap Bottles for our Kefir Soda. Purchase bottles online.

There are many ideas for kefir drinks from enjoying plain to adding to smoothies to doing a second fermentation period to make Kefir Soda. The extra grains may even be eaten plain. These grains are soft, pliable and loaded with probiotics.

I have also found that our dogs, cats and chickens love these grains. Feed them some when you have extra. The more grains that you have, the faster your kefir will make. Your kefir grains will multiply on their own; you may slow the process by removing some of the grains and either eating them yourself, feeding some to your animals or by increasing the amount of water and sugar that you use. You can also add kefir grains to your compost.

There is a lot of information on the internet on kefir water and kefir soda. Just as a side note…….I used to buy pro-biotic supplements but do not need to anymore as the kefir provides these. I love the idea of providing our daily needs with simple foods! Kefir is rich in these essential probiotics as well as other nutrients.

Recipe Notes

I used to buy probiotic supplements but do not need to anymore as the kefir provides these. I love the idea of providing our daily needs with simple foods! Kefir is rich in these essential probiotics as well as other nutrients.

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Kefir Soda is delicious way to enjoy this probiotic drink.

To make Kefir Soda to need the fermented water kefir that you just made. Remove and save the kefir grains to start your next batch of water kefir.

Pour the fermented water kefir in either quart size canning jars or EZ Swing Cap Bottles. Leave enough room in your jars or bottles to add approximately 1/4 cup of undiluted 100% fruit juice concentrate. I like using either raspberry, cranberry or grape. All of these make delicious Kefir Soda.

Allow the jars or bottles to sit at room temperature on the counter for 1 to 2 days, then refrigerator. Plan on drinking your Kefir Soda within a week’s time. The longer it sits, even in the refrigerator, the most fizzy it becomes. Be careful opening all jars or bottles. I put a dish towel over the lids as I am opening the tops just in case of excessive fizzing.

If using canning jars, never tighten the lids completely as the kefir goes through the second fermentation, gases will be given off and need to escape. The EZ Swing Cap Bottles have super secure tops but please double-check with the manufacturer as to how best to open these bottles.

 

Make sure to begin with pure fresh water of an excellent quality!!!! The water quality is one of the most important basics of making water kefir. Try AquaSana Today!!!

EZ Swing Cap Bottles are perfect for Kefir Soda!!

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2 Comments

  • Billy
    January 12, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    I didn’t know it was so easy to make water kefir at home! I can’t wait to try making this and share the results and the recipe with my friends. Thank you so much for sharing!

    Reply
    • Original Homesteading
      January 12, 2018 at 8:51 pm

      Billy…..yes, Water Kefir is a snap to make and so good for all of us!! I especially like the double fermentation of water kefir by adding fruit, berries or juice concentrate in the EZ Swing Cap Bottles. After straining the kefir grains out for your next batch, simply pour your water kefir in your bottles and add some type of fruit or juice concentrate. Cap the bottles and allow them to sit on the counter at room temperature for a few hours, then refrigerator. Please be careful when opening your bottles as the kefir can be quite effervescent……to the point of super fizzy. I put a dish towel over the bottles as I am opening them just in case they overflow. Let me know how things go for you….thanks!!

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