I love carbonation. It is a weakness of mine. I would rather drink Club Soda or Sparkling Water over regular water any day. I think I actually crave the carbonation if that even makes sense.
And because of that I LOVE Water Kefir! It is a wonderful fermented probiotic drink that not only do I really enjoy but my entire family really enjoys drinking as well. And it is naturally carbonated so I don’t feel guilty drinking it!
We flavor our Water Kefir with a variety of different juices from Grape Juice to Pineapple to even Apple juice. We basically drink it as a healthy alternative to soda, especially since I don’t allowed my kids to drink soda.
My husband is the person behind the Water Kefir. If it weren’t for his dedication we probably wouldn’t have the abundance of it in my home like we do. For that we are truly grateful for all his hard work he puts into it.
Water Kefir is….
- Dairy free
- Can be made from sugar water, fruit juice or even coconut milk
- Easy to flavor in unlimited ways
In order to get started you need to use water that is free of chlorine and fluoride because both can kill your Kefir grains.
We prefer to use bottled water, but you can also use filtered water, well water, or even coconut water.
Next you need sugar. There are many choices of sugar to nourish the kefir grains. My husband though uses Brown Sugar and Molasses.
Making water kefir is not an exact science but everyone has a different method and timing that they prefer. It is definitely okay to experiment. When coming in contact with the grains, it is best to use glass, plastic or wooden tools and utensils because some metals can hinder your grains.
You will need:
- A clean, 1/2 gallon glass mansion jar with a plastic screw lid
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 7-8 cups room temperature bottled water
- 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch of celtic sea salt
- 1-2 tablespoons molasses
- 1/2 cup plump, reconstituted water kefir grains
First Ferment: Making Sugar Water
After the sugar is dissolved add baking soda, celtic sea salt, and molasses.
Next add your kefir grains to the room temperature sugar water mixture (hot water will kill the grains) and fill with remainder to the room temperature bottled water leaving 1″ space from top.
Cover with your plastic screw lid. And place in a warm area to ferment for 2-3 days. We place ours on a heating mat that stays around 85º F since our house is always in the 60s F.
Ferment: Let the mixture sit for 24-48 hours. My husband always does 48 because you get a better flavor and more of the sugar will be consumed.
Next strain to the water from the grains by using a plastic strainer if possible because some metals can affect the grains. We use a metal strainer and have never had a problem. But it is recommended that you use plastic as to not kill the kefir grains.
Now you can go on to your second stage of the fermentation as well by making a new batch of sugar water from the strained grains so you can start the process all over again and make more Water Kefir Soda. The grains can’t live long without food so you do need to really keep them thriving.
Flavoring and Carbonation. This is where all the magic happens!
After you strained out your Water Kefir add the flavor want and start the second ferment to get the carbonation you desire.
You can flavor it by doing one of the following by adding Fruit Juice, Extracts, Fresh or frozen Berries or other Fruit, tea bags, frozen concentrates or even Spices.
This second stage is a great way to get even more carbonation into your drink. Even though you have strained out the grains, the remaining liquid still has yeasts and bacteria that will eat the new sugar you are now adding during a second ferment which still will be giving off that wonderful carbon dioxide which makes those wonderful bubbles!
After adding one or more of the flavorings as much or as little as you like, seal the bottle (we use a plastic 1.25 liter bottle with screw top lid) so that carbon dioxide can build up. And it is easier to gauge by squeezing the plastic bottle.
Let the mixture sit for approximately 2 days.
On the 2nd day transfer your bottle to the refrigerator so it can chill before consuming.
Then (carefully) open your bottle we usually open it over the sink incase it explodes out of the bottle like a volcano.
Now you are ready to Drink and enjoy!