Saturday, August 4, 2012

How to Make Water Kefir Soda

Its a probiotic… its a carbonated drink… its Water Kefir! 

I started making this as part of my mission to get more probiotics in our diet and i LOVE it 
It’s also been fun to experiment with the different flavors and variations you can make!

Water Kefir Soda Supplies:

  • Glass Jar (1 quart or half gallon)
  • Wooden spoon for stirring (avoid metal)
  • Towel, cheesecloth or coffee filter to cover jar
  • or a rubber strainer (SMALL Hole one )
  • Rubber band

Water Kefir Soda Ingredients:

  • 3 TBSP (or more) of hydrated Water Kefir Grains 
  • 1/4 cup sugar per quart of water (I like organic unprocessed Rapadura sugar) Do not use honey!!
  • Non-chlorinated filtered water (If you use reverse osmosis, consider adding a few drops of trace minerals back in or sticking a rinsed pastured egg shell in for minerals) If you just have tap water, boil it to remove chlorine and cool before using

How To Make Water Kefir Soda:

  1. Dissolve the sugar in small amount of hot water.
  2. When sugar is dissolved, fill the rest of the jar with cool filtered water and make sure the water is not warm- it must be at room temp!
  3. Add the hydrated water kefir grains
  4. Cover with towel, cheesecloth, or coffee filter and rubber band to keep out insects or small children.
  5. Leave on the counter (preferably at 70-75 degrees) for 24-48 hours. The longer you leave it, the more sugar ferments out, so if you ware limiting carbs, I recommend 48 hours. Don’t leave longer than this! It can starve the grains!
  6. After 48 hours, strain the water kefir grains through a bamboo or mesh strainer (don’t use metal if you can help it!) pouring the liquid into another container. I use a half gallon jar for the first process and strain into two quart size jars.
  7. Restart the process by dissolving more sugar in water, adding cool water and adding Water Kefir Grains.
  8. To make the Water Kefir carbonated, pour a couple ounces of fruit juice into the strained water kefir you just strained. Or add fresh mushed fruit i love Mint and Lime in mine it taste like a Mojito YUM YUM YUM  
  9. Once you’ve added the juice or what ever you like to it , cover the jars tightly with an air tight lid and leave on the counter an additional 1-3 days before drinking or refrigerating.
  10. Repeat the process!

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