What is a Water Kefir?

Like me, you have probably never heard of  this before unless you are a health aficianado.  Water kefir is a probiotic drink made of Water Kefir grains.  These can be used to culture sugar water, juice, or coconut water. A powdered Kefir Starter Culture can also be used to culture water or juice, but I used the grains.

 

Water Kefir Grains

Water Kefir GrainsWater kefir is a probiotic drink made with water kefir grains.  These water kefir grains are what my friend brought round one day and you can use them to culture water with added molasses, juice, or coconut water. A powdered  Kefir Starter culture can also be used to culture coconut water or fruit juice-but I haven’t tried that one yet.

What are water kefir grains?

A. Water Kefir Grains  are grains are made up of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship. The term “kefir grains” describes the look of the culture only-it has nothing to do with wheat!

My friend Rachel gave me this recipe the other day and I thought I’d share it with all of you.  I’ve used apple cider vinegar before, both during a natural detox, and was aware of the health benefits of that-but had never heard of a water kefir.

 

Anyway here’s the recipe:

Put 1 1/2 cups of the Kefir Grains in a large glass with lid.  Mix 1/2 cup sugar with 1 teaspoon Molasses amd 1/2 teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in warm water and mix to dissolve.  Add to kefir starter with extra water to make up to 1.75 Litres of liquid.  Put 2 slices lemon on water.

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Place the lid on and leave 2 days. Drain off kefir and bottle. Save the grains to start again.

And there you have it!

 

Some questions answered here:

Q. How do I know I have made the water kefir properly? How do I know if I shouldn’t drink it?

A. The liquid may become lighter in color and turn cloudy. The flavor might be slightly less sweet and it may have a slightly sour aroma and taste. Don’t drink anything that looks, smells, or tastes “off”.

Q. What does water kefir taste like?

A. The taste of finished water kefir varies greatly, depending on the sugar used and the culturing time. It tastes more pleasant than apple cider vinegar and can be fairly sweet but don’t leave it “brewing” for more than the prescribed 24 hours (or the grains) or it will taste a bit off.  It’s a great drink with no additives and pretty sugar free once it’s finished the fermentation process apparently.

I take it to help my inner gut health-it puts the good bacteria back in and my friend Rachel is one of the healthiest people I know so I would take it on her say-so anyway.  Also cancer loves sugar-rather than having that fizzy coke try this-it’s a lot healthier!

Enjoy!

John llewellyn

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