Water Kefir – Refreshing Drink, and Easy and Quick to Make
If you haven’t viewed How to Activate Water Kefir Grains, this is Step 1 and should be viewed prior to making kefir water.
When it comes to actually making the kefir water, though the method is basically the same, different people have slightly different ways of doing it. Here is one method shown by Julie of Cultures for Health.
Step 2: How to Make Water Kefir
- One glass jar
- One plastic or wood stirring utensil
- One towel, napkin, or paper coffee filter to use as a covering for the jar
- A fine mesh strainer for removing the kefir grains from the finished kefir
- Re-hydrated Water kefir grains
- ¼ cup sugar per quart of water
- Liquid minerals or 1/2 teaspoon or so of baking soda
- Optional: slice of organic lemon
The way I make the kefir water is slightly different from what Julie does, but either way works. I personally do not heat water to dissolve sugar. I find that it dissolves fine by itself, though I do help it by stirring it several times. Here are my steps:
- Using a quart jar, fill with fresh water about 3/4 full.
- Add 1/4 cup sugar (usually organic cane – can be either white or dark grains), and stir to help sugar dissolve
- Add approximately 1/2 teaspoon baking soda, or a few drops of liquid minerals (Concentrace)
- Add newly activated, re-hydrated kefir grains, or grains from previous kefir batch (you can use them over and over)
- Add a slice of lemon (optional). I usually cut approx a 1/4 lemon wedge and add it – I like the taste it gives and lemon is alkaline.
- Cover with a coffee filter or cloth secured by a rubber band, as pictured above, OR personally, I just use the lid of jar.
- Place in a warm spot, 68°-85°F, for 24-48 hours (I usually wait the full 24 hours)
- After culturing is complete, pour kefir into a flip top bottle, and prepare a new batch, repeating the previous steps.
- The finished water kefir is now ready to consume, flavor, or store in the refrigerator.
- You can flavor the kefir water numerous ways – I will do a video soon showing a variety of ideas, but for now, let me give you couple ideas to start with: the kefir can be flavored with fresh fruit juices, such as lemon, grapefruit, apple. I like grapefruit juice with a bit of ginger juice. You can leave it out on the counter, sealed in flip top bottle and allow it to naturally carbonate. Store in refrigerator when ready.
- Remember, you’ll have a new batch ready in two days, so drink up me hearties …
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