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Water Keifer or I haven't given up on a delicious probiotic beverage....progress report.

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Much like growing rhubarb, the journey to produce an enjoyable probiotic beverage has been difficult. Why, I am not sure. Maybe it has been in the timing, such as waiting too long. Maybe it has been in the process, where I am not certain - due to lack of experience, what I should see or understand is happening.

I started with Kombucha. Things seemed to be progressing, and then what I discovered was that while I could grow a new SCOBY, I was not producing a drink that was drinkable. Which was the point. I did not want a gallon of anything tasting like it really should be thrown out......

Next I tried a ginger bug, and while I did get one batch of homemade ginger ale made, on the next batch the bug molded.

And now......

What this post is about is Water Keifer. For this project, I am thinking small. Real small as in a quart at a time. While I have been gathering information and recipes for this beverage, I wanted to start with simple. Simple and small.

The grains are easy to work with. They have a faint lemony smell once re-hydrated. I ordered the envelope of grains from Amazon. They arrived and were promptly safely stored away in the pantry until I could not ignore them any longer.


The first step is to re-hydrate the grains. This is the easy part, you only need 3 items.....

Water Keifer Grains
4 c water
4-6 T sugar

Combine and let sit 3-4 day. At that point you may start brewing or place the jar in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Giving you the time needed to complete the next steps. The instructions also indicate that you should not let the grains re-hydrate past 5 days.

Well we I did.

I remembered that I had grains re-hydrating about day 6, so I drained them and discarded the liquid.

And then we started on making what I hope will be a drinkable beverage. Start at the beginning or with the base.

Water Keifer Base

drained grains
1/4 c sugar
4 c water
1 1/2 gallon mason jar with white storage cap

Place water and sugar in the jar, stir until sugar is mostly dissolved. Add grains, place cap on jar - but do not tighten. You may also use a cloth over the top if you prefer, the goal is to keep out anything other than water, sugar and grains.

Tasting update: The Keifer Tea is really good! 

On day 4 or 5 you need to complete the second step or ferment. I decided to make Keifer Tea.

1 c water
2-3 tea bags
1/4 c sugar
mason jar of grains and fermented water

Boil the water add the tea bags, let steep until lukewarm. Add sugar and stir gently, you don't want to break the tea bags, these will go into the jar along with the brewed tea.

Using a fine mesh strainer, drain the entire contents into a large glass bowl, through the strainer to catch the grains. Set grains aside.

In a clean jar, combine the brewed tea, and the fermented water. Let ferment for 3 days then remove tea bags and refrigerate for longer storage and while consuming.

Make a new base:

Using another clean jar, add the reserved grains, 1/4 c sugar and 4 c water. Let the new batch ferment 4-5 days, then be prepared to flavor for a second ferment.


I am going for a simple flavor on batch two. It will be flavored with pure vanilla extract. I am hoping for a creme soda-esque flavor.

We shall see...................

Imagine, this comes very easy to so many. I bet they grow rhubarb too.........

Enjoy!

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9 comments

  1. Great post! I'm afraid that I'm way too lazy to do this, however.

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  2. I haven't tried a water kefir. I've had a milk one going for a couple of years. We love it. Drink a bit daily.

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  3. Good luck! Hope it tastes good. I can't even drink straight buttermilk, so I don't think I'd like these probiotic drinks, myself.

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  4. Best of luck! I'm with Beth - I'm too lazy to do this myself, but I admire your effort & drive.

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  5. I have been reading so much about this, I really would like to give it a try, just still a nervous nellie, afraid I will make myself sick, lol, good for you for your efforts!

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  6. Such an interesting post! I have kefir grains, and I've used them some. My biggest issue is forgetting them, and now in winter it being cold. After reading this I think I just need to try again!

    Monica @ shesafarmer.com

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  7. oh i bet the cream soda like flavor would be soo great! Excited to see whawt you come up with!

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  8. I make a quart every day or two, as it is helpful for my son with gut issues. It's so easy once you get into the habit, like anything else. I'm happy to see you experimenting with different flavors! Rock on!

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  9. I've read so much about water keifer, but your post really helped me understand what is involved. I really enjoyed reading about your experience making it, Melynda. Thank you for sharing this post with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

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