HOW TO MAKE WATER KEFIR | Fermented Drink Recipes

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Learn how to make water kefir, a probiotic rich superfood, with this simple tutorial.

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Learning how to make water kefir may sound intimidating, but it is actually a very simple process, and the reward is growing healthy bacteria right in your own kitchen.

But what the heck is water kefir and why should you care?
Probiotics have been all the buzz for several years now.

Ten years ago you may have only heard the term “gut health” thrown around by in-the-know west coast Yoga types,  but nowadays you’re likely to hear it coming out of your grandma’s mouth.

These things may just seem like a trendy fad, but there is actually some serious science backing up the hype.

For the very abridged version of the story:
There are good guys in your gut and there are bad guys.  God put the bad guys in there, so they could break down your body at death (not the happiest topic, but it’s true).  They were meant to be there in small quantities and the good guys were supposed to proliferate and make a healthy body.

Well, in our modern world of stress, sugar and processed foods those bad guys get out of balance and all kinds of bad things begin to happen.  “Leaky Gut Syndrome” happens when there are literally holes in the gut lining.  Food leaks into the blood stream, where it does not belong, and you experience minor symptoms like bloating and gas, major symptoms like depression and cancer and everything in between.

Probiotic supplements are excellent and everyone should be on a good one (not just any old probiotic you find at Walmart), BUT it isn’t the entire answer to the problem.  To create a diverse inner ecosystem you’ll want to introduce many different strains of good bacteria.

Enter fermented foods.
Sauerkraut.  Milk Kefir. Homemade Yogurt. Sourdough. Kombucha.

So, why take the extra effort to make your own fermented foods at home?

Yogurt and kefir from the store just don’t cut it.  They are fermented for a very short amount of time and by the time you get it from the store it was probably already made weeks ago.  The good bacteria are most certainly dying off by this point.  Plus, they are almost always filled with sugar and made with non-organic milk.

When you make fermented foods at home they are teeming with good bacteria and can help repopulate your gut with the good guys.  You have likely fermented them for days, or even weeks for some ferments, so they are going to help your body significantly more than that store bought yogurt.

One of my most favorite fermented drinks is water kefir.

I love to do a second fermentation with grape juice that makes it bubbly and delicious.

Let’s get into the process:
Step 1:
Acquire water kefir grains.
(Oh I forgot to mention they multiply rapidly when you make kefir constantly.  The extras can be fed to your chickens, thrown in the compost pile, blended into your smoothies for added probiotics, or sold on the internet ;))
Step 2:
Bring one cup of water to a boil.
Add 1/4 cup organic brown sugar and stir until dissolved.

Step 3:
Add 1/4 cup water kefir grains to a quart size jar.
Fill the jar almost to the top with filtered water.
Step 4:
After the sugar water has dissolved  and COOLED completely, add into the jar with the rest of the water and the water kefir grains.  If the sugar water is still hot it can kill the “good guys” in the water kefir grains, so make sure it cools off first.

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Tony Allegretti says:


John Doyel says:

What is water kefir suppose to taste like before the second ferment?? Mine tastes mine bland brown sugar water. Not yummy


Hi, I'm trying ti find water kefir seeds, I'm leaving in Greece

Susan Elena Loiacono says:

Hello 😁 can you drink to much 🤔😁♥️

Kamal Ashmawi says:

Thankyou for you easy explaination

Terri Nadeau says:

Is there a difference in water kefir grains and milk kefir grains I bought from amazon it said on package water kefir so do I use only with water is my real question

Madthorn says:

Really great video, but pretty bizarre that you pronounce kefir incorrectly. You are not only teaching people how to make it, but how to say it. Pronunciation matters as much as spelling or as much as specific instructions. Why do any of them incorrectly? It's pronounced kuh FEAR. Thank you for your video.

Paul B says:

Absolutely brilliant, so well explained . I can’t wait to get started! So glad I found your wonderful channel.👍🏻

Skylightatdusk says:

Isn't there a risk of producing alcohol when you extend the duration of the primary fermentation process, especially in warmer climates? Some years ago, I was fermenting kefir in a warm tropical climate and kept getting alcohol. Should I have shortened the fermentation period to prevent this?

Jasmine Johnson says:

Can I use white sugar too? Did you choose brown sugar for a reason?

The Crunchie Mama says:

I noticed your water kefir grains had a plastic lid on it. I was told I needed to put a coffee filter over mine. Should I use a plastic lid?

Rachel Hill says:

What grains did you use?

Linda Wilson says:

My water kefir is too acidic. Can you tell me how to get the ph balance right 🤷‍♀️😍

SeaRose says:

Another caution NEVER ADD RAISINS! talk about explosion!

Infinite Awareness says:

Professionally done video. Nice editing, nice music in the back. Who do you work for? I'm just curious.

A Substantial Life says:

Hi there! Do you have a resources page on you website, or a link to all items you recommend on an Amazon shop? Thanks! I'm a fellow doTERRA WA, too! Love your blog!

Alices's House says:

when it is very hot if I don't let it sit for 48 hours I can taste the unfermented sugar, which I believe would be really bad for me

Brigitte Reichardt says:

Nice…but how does it taste like?!

Kira Krejci says:

Been making water kefir like crazy! So for first ferment would you recommend 1/4 cup sugar or 1/2 cup with a regular sized Mason jar full of water? Mine is still very sweet after 2 days. Sometimes it gets thick, like syrup in fridge when storing for few days. Is this normal?

Samantha Avery says:

You need to do a video on how to get the fermented grains! This part always confuses me but love your videos and blog!

Turtle Butte Trails Farm says:

What do you do with the kefir grains after you made your batch of fermented kefir water? Do you store them to use again or throw them out and start with new ones?

rastoma says:

You really should research an item before making a video. It's not kee-fur its kuh-fear. Yes it matters if you want people to believe you know enough about a product to teach about it.

Akira Yang says:

How do you store water kefir grains for long periods of time (just a little over 3 weeks)?

clilbear11 says:

We are very happy with the directions you gave for water kefir! It has so many bubbles once we second ferment it with grape juice!
Thank you!

Lenore talon says:

Wonderful! Thank you

petra shroat says:

you totally inspired me. I will be trying to make my first water kefir this week. wish me luck. 😉

The Purposeful Pantry says:

How do you know how long is long enough for the first fermentation?

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