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Water Kefir is yet another fermented drink that we make. Our main focus is on Kombucha, but we also have other fermented drinks, like our very popular Fermented Soda, Red Beet Kvass, Milk Kefir, etc.
Water Kefir is an alternative to Milk Kefir, which is great for Vegans or people who are lactose intolerant. But you should not expect it to be a one for one alternative. Quoting online article from The Home Economist (1*)
"Milk kefir, made with either dairy milk or coconut milk, far surpasses water kefir in probiotic potency. The benefits of milk based kefir exceed those of water kefir no matter if the water kefir is cultured with fruit juice, vegetable juice, coconut water, or filtered water and a whole sweetener."
And this (2*):
" The most likely reason is that there are only 10-15 strains of good bacteria and good yeasts in water kefir made with live grains. This compares with the 30 to 50 in homemade milk kefir made with live grains."
But despite all that, it is still way healthier than any soda & most of the drinks. 22 health benefits of Water Kefir are listed by DrHealthBenefits.com. We are listing only the first ten. To get details & find out more, please check out their article online (3*):
"1. Source of Probiotics
2. Source of Vitamins
3. Acts as Antibiotic and Anti-Fungal Properties
4. Lowers Risks of Diabetes
5. Promotes Healthy Digestion System
6. Boosts Immune System
7. Boosts Energy
8. Prevents Allergies
9. Acts as Anti-Inflammatory
10. Reduces Risks of Candida Issues"
Water Kefir belongs to those simpler ferments. It requires good water, sugar, few dried fruits & of course, Water Kefir Cultures (also known as Water Kefir Grains).
Here are some of those cultures, that we start with.
And here are the other ingredients.
We use Organic (BIO) unrefined sugar & Organic raisins + dates. It is crucial for the health of the cultures to avoid any pesticides or chemicals. Standard dried fruits almost always contain sulfur as a preservative.
The sugar is exactly the same that we use for our Kombucha & our Fermented Soda.
What is not pictured, is our filtered & revitalized water.
Since our water is really good, we do not even heat it up. We just add all the ingredients in.
When all things are in place then the whole thing looks like this:
The first fermentation process takes about 2-3 days & then we strain the fruits & the grains.
At this point we discard the raisins & dates, rinse the grains & get them ready for another batch.
But the liquid still requires some flavoring.
In Winter we usually use freshly squeezed ginger juice, like on the photos below.
In Spring & Summer, we use herbs like Lemon Balm or Mint. If the herbs are used, we infuse the Water Kefir with them. In case of ginger juice, we just stir it in & we bottle our Kefir.
Next, our Water Kefir goes for second fermentation, during which it develops nice, natural carbonation & the it goes into our front fridge.
Here's an artsy picture of our Water Kefir Grains. Yes, sometimes they get this big!
Water Kefir is always available for pick up, but in case you want to make your own, you can stop by to pick up the Grains.
If you stop by in person, and if we have an excess of them, you will leave with more than the standard 30 gr.
If you can not stop by, you can always order them through our online store.
To buy in our online store, please click here: Online Store
Below is the label for our Kefir Grains:
And here's our label for Water Kefir. The flavoring ingredient (like ginger, etc) will be hand written on the bottle.
Ingredients: Filtered & Revitalized Water, Unrefined Brown Sugar + one more flavoring ingredient like Mint, or Ginger, or Lemon Balm, etc
(1*) & (2*) https://www.thehealthyhomeeconomist.com/water-kefir-versus-milk-kefir/
Disclaimer: All medical information in this post is merely information & not advise. If you need medical advice, please consult your doctor or other appropriate medical professional.