How to Make Water Kefir

Water kefir is similar but not similar to milk kefir. Like Milk Kefir, it’s a fermented drink. And like milk kefir, water kefir is made by using special ‘yeast & bacterial’ grains. However, the bacteria cultures are a bit different, as is the texture and size of the grains. The mediums each type of grain lives in is different (water vs milk) as is the actual food the grains eat (milk sugar vs sugar in water).

Making water kefir has a definite fun factor to it, so let’s get started…

You will need the following:

Fresh water kefir grains
Water (Filtered, free of chlorine)
Non metal strainer
Plastic/wooden spoon (preferably plastic)
1L or larger glass jar
Rubber band
Glass jar with coffee filter or muslin cloth to use as a cover for the jar

Instructions for Making Water Kefir

Step 1: Add 40-50g of sugar (and optional ½ tsp molasses) into a jar.
Step 2: Add: 550ml-750ml Filtered, Chlorine-free water. You can leave boiled water overnight to remove chlorine.
Step 3: Stir until dissolved.
Step 4: Add 2 cups of room temperature or cooled water.
Step 5: Check the temperature of the liquid to make sure it’s room temperature (20 – 29°C).
Step 6: Add the Water Kefir Grains.
Step 7: Cover the jar and place in a warm spot, 20 – 29°C, to culture for 24-48 hours.
Step 8: Separate the kefir grains from the finished water kefir with a plastic strainer.
Step 9: At this point, you can drink the water kefir as is OR flavour it with juice or do a second ferment to get carbonation.
Step 10: Make a new batch of sugar water for the strained grains and start the process again. The grains can’t live long without food so you need to repeat the process.

How to remove your Water Kefir Grains from finished Water Kefir

The best option for removing water kefir grains from the finished water kefir is to use a plastic sieve. Place the sieve on top of a jar and pour the contents of the finished water kefir through the strainer into the jar, the sieve will catch the grains and allow the liquid to pass through. Next, transfer the grains to a new jar with Filtered, Chlorine-free water and repeat the steps above!

Important: If you are new to water kefir before or if you do not regularly consume foods high in probiotic bacteria, you should start by consuming one tablespoon of kefir and gradually increase the amount over a 2 week period, if not you may experience unwanted side-effects such as bloating, nausea, intestinal cramping or constipation to list just a few. So remember to always start slowly, no reason to shock your system!