Water Kefir is like kombucha but without the caffeine its made with milk or sugared water rather than tea and is made with live kefir grains.
Kefir is a fermented pro-biotic, enzyme-rich food filled with friendly micro-organisms that help balance your “inner ecosystem.”
Recipe and grains from happykombucha.co.uk
How to make water kefir:
- Nonmetal Strainer
- Wooden or Plastic Spoon
- 1 litre or larger glass jar with lid
- Bottles for storage
- 1 Sachet of Water Kefir Grains
- 3 Tablespoons Organic Raisins or Other Unsulphured Dried Fruit
- 65-70g Sugar
- 1/2 Organic Lemon
- 1 Thin Slice Fresh Ginger, Peeled
- 750ml-1litre Filtered, Chlorine-free Water (leave boiled water over night to remove Chlorine)
Disolve sugar into water. Do not use honey in place of sugar. Honey has antimicrobial properties and will damage your water kefir grains or delay their proliferation.
Add water kefir grains, raisins, half a lemon and slice of ginger to the mixture of sugar water in a glass jar.
Allow your water kefir to brew in a lidded or covered glass jar at room temperature for 24 – 72 hours depending on the strength you prefer and the temperature of your home (Do not seal the lid!). The warmer your home is, the faster water kefir will brew.
Strain the water kefir grains, raisins, lemon and ginger from the water kefir and bottle the liquid into smaller containers.
Allow the smaller bottles to sit out for another 24 – 48 hours to continue fermentation and produce natural carbonation.
Serve cold over ice and enjoy!
Water kefir is remarkably versatile. This basic recipe can be altered slightly to introduce different beneficial herbs or flavors to produce a wide array of probiotic beverages. Some people enjoy replacing the ginger with fresh mint, anise or cardamom while others replace raisins with figs.
So glad we have this for a cool refreshing drink for summer…I wonder if we can add vodka?!!