How to Make Water Kefir
• 15g water kefir grains
• 15g good quality sugar (we recommend organic unprocessed Rapadura sugar)*
• 500ml of cold water (avoid filtered water)
• 1 pinch of bicarb soda*
• 1/4 teaspoon of molasses*
• Slice of lemon
You will also need a glass jar or a Kefirko Kefir maker (available on our website) for fermenting
* These items can be substituted for 15g of our water kefir growth premix (available from our website)
#Start fermenting as soon as you received your grains. It takes a few batches for grains to acclimatise to your environment and consistency is the key to success.
1. In a glass jar or Kefir Maker, add water. Dissolve the sugar, molasses and bicarb soda in water
2. When ingredients are dissolved, add the 15g water kefir grains and slice of lemon
3. Loosely cover jar with lid. If using a kefir maker, leave lid slightly open.
6. After 48 hours (depending on your taste), strain the water kefir grains through a mesh strainer (or the in-built strainer if you have a Kefirko kefir maker), pouring the liquid into a resealable container.
7. Restart the process from step 1.
8. To make the water kefir carbonated (also known as secondary ferment), take the water kefir that you have just strained and add 50ml of fruit juice of your choice (such as grape, apple, pomegranate, orange, pineapple etc), add any herbs and spices eg. ginger, turmeric etc. Once you've added the juice and other ingredients, bottle and cap in a second ferment bottle (available on our website). leave on the counter for an additional 2 to 7 days until it is fizzy as you like it. Caution: Burp jar regularly during this stage to release pressure. Refrigerate and consume as required.
Caution: Water kefir may become very fizzy so be careful when opening lid after fermentation. Due to the amount of pressure generated there is a risk that cheap bottles can explode. Please use a good quality glass bottle. We recommend using our second ferment bottle.
We recommend consuming one cup per day for health benefits