Fermenting Adventures: Water Kefir

Posted by on October 19, 2014 at 5:14 am.

Along with kombucha, I’ve been wanting to try making my own fermented water kefir at home. Similar to many fermented items like kombucha, sauerkraut and kimchi it’s loaded with probiotics and many other nutrients.

Unlike kombucha SCOBY, it doesn’t seem that you can make water kefir grains at home and so I did some searching and found a supplier that I like (based on the reviews.) Kefir has been around for thousands of years and it’s safe to say it’s most likely the worlds first natural soda. The fermentation process adds the delightful bubble and fizz that some like and since it does not have any chemicals it’s a much healthier option than the sodas available on the market today.

Check out this video, it’s one of the most descriptive videos that I’ve seen about water kefir, it’s history and benefits. I will try to ignore the fact that he has his hands all in that brew. That part, I definitely won’t be doing at all.

In other news, my kombucha SCOBY has done so well that I’ve placed it in it’s second ferment. Also, I set some of the batch aside to continue making a natural vinegar. I tasted some of the vinegar brew and I honestly can’t tell the difference between that and the Braggs Apple Cider vinegar that I was purchasing. Sorry Braggs… it looks like I will now be making my own natural vinegar at home.

 

Resources:

Water Kefir 101

 

 

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