How to Make Water Kefir
Preliminary research suggests that probiotics may stimulate the immune system,
Hi, I'm Jacob Taxis for About.com. In this video you will learn how to make water kefir.Water kefir is a fermented, slightly fizzy beverage that is made with water kefir grains, water, and sugar. Like milk kefir grains, water kefir grains are made up of a symbiotic mixture of yeast and live bacteria; however, water kefir grains are composed of slightly different strains of bacteria.When fermented in water and sugar, water kefir grains create a drink that is not only tasty, but overflowing with probiotics. Probiotics are highly beneficial to your health. Preliminary research suggests that it may stimulate the immune system, improve digestion, and even lower cholesterol.To begin, you'll need:First, fill a large glass jar with filtered water. For every cup of water that you add to the jar, stir in 3-5 tablespoons of organic cane sugar. Stir the water and sugar with a plastic or wooden spoon until the sugar is completely dissolved. Next, add your water kefir grains. Use approximately one tablespoon of water kefir grains for every cup of water that you've poured into the jar. Also, add a couple of organic lemon slices to the mix and a few pieces of dried fruit for flavor. Experiment with various dried fruits and amounts to fit your taste.Next, cover the jar with a coffee filter or paper towel, securing it tightly over the jar with a rubber band. Let the covered jar of kefir grains and water sit for twenty-four hours at room temperature, making sure to keep it out of direct sunlight. When twenty-four hours is up, remove the covering from the jar and gently stir the mixture. Next, pour the water kefir liquid and grains into a fine plastic or stainless steel mesh strainer set over a another clean jar. Because kefir grains will react with various metals, strainers made of reactive metals like iron and aluminum can leach small traces of metal into the kefir grains.If needed, gently stir the substance as it filters through the strainer to make sure all of the liquid moves through to the jar.Your water kefir is finished. For best results, refrigerate it in a closed jar for a couple of hours before serving.For a tasty alternative, try coconut water kefir. Simply add one tablespoon of kefir grains to every cup of coconut water. Coconut has plenty of natural sugar, so there's no need to add cane sugar to the process. Let the coconut water and water kefir grains ferment as usual for twenty-four hours. Then strain, chill & enjoy.Thank you for watching. For more, visit About.com.