Kombucha is one example of a fermented beverage. Another great one is water kefir. The best part is that you can actually make these delicious beverages at home.
I have to say water kefir is my favorite when it comes to home-made because it’s so quick and simple.
Here's how to make water kefir:
- Dissolve 1/3 cup sugar with filtered warm water in a clean one quart glass jar. I like to use turbinado or rapadura sugars because they are not stripped of all their nutrients.
- Add water kefir grains (about 1 to 2 tablespoons)
- Add something to provide some flavor – I like ginger so I add 5-10 slices of freshly peeled ginger. Another option is a few mint leaves.
- Place jar out of direct sunlight.
- Cover jar with a clean dish towel.
- Let sit for 24 to 30 hours or to your taste. If you aren’t sure how it should taste, try some from someone else’s batch or buy a bottle of plain kombucha…it should taste similar to cider but less sweet. The length of time will differ depending on the room temperature; the fermentation process will take less time when it’s warmer.
- Strain the water kefir grains from liquid and discard any flavorings (ie the ginger or mint leaves)
- Transfer the liquid to another one quart glass jar and save in the fridge to start drinking
- Rinse your grains and start over for an unlimited supply of delicious and nourishing water kefir loaded with probiotics or good bacteria!
- Don’t worry about the sugar as it’s mostly used up during the fermentation process
- Your kefir grains will actually start to grow so you can share them with friends – getting from grains from a friend is a good way to get started
- The grains sort of look like very baby cauliflower florets and should be kept cool when not being used