5 from 1 vote
Water Kefir
Tools: Half gallon wide-mouth glass jar (2); measuring cup and spoon; stirring utensils (such as a long handle spoon or chop-sticks); fine mesh strainer; large bowl; paper filter or cheesecloth; rubber band.
Course: Beverage
Author: Light Orange Bean
Ingredients
  • 4 tbs hydrated kefir grains
  • 4 cups filtered water
  • 4 tbs sugar
  • 1 tbs unsulphured blackstrap molasses
  • 1 tbs concentrated fruit juice optional
Instructions
  1. In a glass jar dissolve sugar and molasses in water, stir well with the stirring utensil. Then add kefir grains and no extra mixing is needed. Cover the jar with paper filter or cheesecloth and keep the jar at room temperature (between. 72-78 °F) to ferment for 24 to 48 hours (no more than 72 hours).
  2. After this time, the water kefir is ready to be filtered. Use the strainer to separate the kefir grains and liquid, the ready-to-drink water kefir is collected in a large bowl and then transferred to a glass jar and cover with a lid for storage. Repeat step 1 for making more water kefir. The carbon dioxide may slowly build up in the jar, so don’t cover the jar too tightly.
  3. (optional) Add concentrated fruit juice to the ready-to-drink water kefir and let it set at room temperature for an additional 18 hours. This will give the water kefir a mild fruit juice taste. At this point, add a few drop of vanilla extract and pure stevia, a natural sweeter from a plant with 0 glycemic index, will give a Dr. Pepper taste drink.
Recipe Notes

1. All utensils should be grease free.
2. Refined sugar is working very well for me in this recipe. Do not use honey.
3. The purpose of using paper filter or cheesecloth is to keep out bugs and dust. You can also use plastic wrap, wax paper, or parchment paper.
4. After fermentation, the ready-to-drink kefir should look a little bit more cloudy and lighter in color than the sugar water. With gently shaking the jar, carbon dioxide bubbles can be seen.
5. Although many resources recommend using a plastic strainer, I personally use a stainless steel one and haven’t noticed any sign of killing my kefir grains.
6. Choosing berry, cherry, or pomegranate flavored juice will give better result than orange and lemon juice.