What is Water Kefir?
Water Kefir is symbiotic grains of bacteria and yeast that ferment a specific liquid – in this case sugar-water. It produces a mild, light and refreshing, slightly carbonated beverage. The bacteria eat the sugar and leave you with a low sugar, probiotic rich drink. They are known under many different names such as tibicos, tibi, water kefir grains, sugar kefir grains, Japanese water crystals and California bees are just some of their names!!
These probiotics are amazing to detox your system of bad bacteria by keeping the balance in your gut. They will boost your immune system and are especially great if you often suffer from urinary tract infections, digestive issues and stomach bugs.
How to make Water Kefir
Source some grains – from a friend or a store. This shouldn’t be hard as they multiple like crazy so you’ll likely find someone who will share.
Dissolve 2 tablespoons of organic cane sugar in a jar with 500ml of filtered water.
Add the grains and put a lid on the jar.
Leave them to ferment for 24 – 48 hours then strain the liquid into a glass or another container. Chill and drink. You can add some flavor by adding some lime or even adding it to your smoothie or juices for a probiotic punch.
To reuse the grain start over and repeat the process (take the grains out of the jar while dissolving the sugar)
To change the flavor you can try different types of sugar from palm sugar, cane sugar, brown sugar and so many more. Just don’t use honey or syrups as this kills the bacteria.
Happy fermenting !!