You will need the following:
-do not use larger or smaller than one quart (recipe will not work).
-No tap water, or distilled. Natural Spring water works best.
-The chemicals in Tap Water will kill the grains.
Water Kefir Grains
-if you’re in Calgary, Alberta I could give you some.
-You cannot buy these in a store, you will have to get them from someone who is already growing them, or buy them freeze dried or dried from someone (or company) on the internet.
-I got mine on kijiji
Ingredients (per Jar)
• 60 Mls of Water Kefir Grains
• 30 Mls of Sucanant
• 30 Mls of White Cane Sugar
• Water (filtered, or Natural Spring)
1. Dissolve both sugars (60 mls) together in small (a cup size) amount of warm water. You could warm the water up in the microwave for approx. 1 minute.
2. When sugar is dissolved in the warm water, pour into the mason jar and fill the rest of the jar with cool filtered water. The water now must be at room temp. The water cannot be too cold or too hot when you put the Kefir Grains in. If the water temperature is not correct the Kefir Grains will die.
3. Add the 60 mls Water Kefir Grains and stir.
4. Cover with a coffee filter and then cover with the mason jar lid, without the round part. The mixture needs air, but has to be covered from dust, etc.
5. Leave on the counter for approx. 48 hours to fully ferment. Give or take a few hours is ok to drain and make a new batch. You could mark the top with a sharpie and say ‘Wed. Eve’ or ‘Wed Morn. ‘ Just to remind you when the batch is ready.
6. After 48 hours, strain the Water Kefir Grains pouring the liquid into another container. It is ready to drink, put the rest in a glass jar in the fridge.
7. You will have left over Kefir Grans, put those in the fridge as well.
8. Repeat the process!
Other Tips & Information:
- The extra Kefir Grains could be eating by themselves. They are like a yoghurt. You could also add them to yoghurt or a smoothly. Put the extra Kefir Grains you end up with in the fridge to store them. Do not leave the grains to sit long in the fridge between making a new batch. Also, make sure to rinse with filtered water when you are ready to use them. They will only last approx. 48 to 72 hrs in the fridge. The Kefir Grains always need to be fed sugar, so do not leave them long outside of a mixture. The Kefir Grains are a live culture and need to eat every 48 or 72 hours.
- The drink itself when made could stay good in the fridge for approx. 4 days or longer. Please see recommended amount to drink daily on my other post. I would drink a minimum of 1 liter per day and consume approx. 30 mls to 120 mls max of Kefir Grains. I have Kefir Grains for breakfast and as a snack in the evening. But consuming a bit more than 120 mls that is ok to do.
- There are other recipes on the internet, so you could have a look at those if you want. Also, you could add fruit to the mixture to change up the taste if you want.
- While fermenting, you will see bubbles and this good, it means everything is working good.
- Using brown sugar, or other (regular) sugars seems to kill the Kefir Grains too. Most likely it is because of the chemicals in those sugars.
- Sometimes your Kefir Grains might just die and you do not know why. Make sure you have monitored the following: room temperature when it sits, soap residue on jars from washing, always use clean water, never use too cold or too hot of water when making it. Also, do not use metal, steel or plastic to store, only glass.
- Kefir grains look a lot like semi-transparent crystal gems
- Kefir Grains should live indefinitely with good care – they are a living, consuming organism that are in a constant state of reproduction.
- Kefir Grains will move around and float. You should try to rotate the jar(s) over the 48 hours they are fermenting, to move the air around and the sugar and water.
- Kefir Grains will grow slower or faster depending on the temperature of the room. If it is the summertime make sure to find a cool place. Most times they could be put on any counter and the lighting in the room should not matter.
Any questions, email me Lowa.Beebe@gmail.com