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How To Make Water Kefir Lemonade

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Ingredients

Utensils F1
large glass jar for fermentation
plastic strainer
plastic spoon
muslin cloth
OR
mason jar that can be closed loosely
rubber band
Primary Fermentation
30 grams water kefir grains
1/4 cup (30-60gr) raw cane sugar
1l water
Utensils F2
mesh or bamboo strainer
tight flip bottle
plastic funnel
Secondary Fermentation
kefir liquid without grains
1/4 cup fruit juice
OR
tbsp sugar
OR
tbsp fresh fruit

How To Make Water Kefir Lemonade

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Ingredients

  • Utensils F1

  • Primary Fermentation

  • Utensils F2

  • Secondary Fermentation

Directions

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There are currently three very popular fermented drinks: milk kefir, water kefir and kombucha. Water kefir also known as sugar kefir or Japanese water crystals is an amazing soda drink alternative for everyone trying to live a healthier life. I also highly recommend kombucha, however water kefir has one big advantage: it only takes 1-2 days to ferment, while kombucha takes around 5-14 days.

I take probiotic supplements daily and like to help my digestion with other probiotic foods and drinks. Water kefir is a probiotic drink that contains a lot of beneficial gut bacteria and a variety of enzymes. It also contains b vitamins, vitamin K and folic acid. Kefir helps to improve the immune system and reduces inflammation.

Water kefir grains look like semi-transparent crystals, their colour can vary from clear to dark brown. The colour of the kefir grain depends on the sugar it was fed on. They feel a little slimy and fragile, but even when the grains are squished they are still working. Different grains can produce different tasting kefir lemonade, The grains are a polysaccharide matrix containing a symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast. Unlike milk kefir which thrives on lactose, the water kefir grains live on sucrose. The grains eat the sugar and then deposit beneficial bacteria into the water. Once the kefir finished fermenting there is only very little sugar left in the actual drink. Kefir grains themselves contain no sugar at all, which is why it is safe to feed them to pets.

Kefir tea has a very sweet and mild flavour, most people who find kombucha too strong enjoy kefir. Depending on the way kefir is brewed it may also be more crisp, and have a yeasty flavour. I think that water kefir is a great alternative for sodas and other unhealthy drinks.

Any mineral rich water is suitable for the kefir grains, I like to use spring water without added fluoride. It’s also possible to add minerals to any water by adding a tiny amount of sea salt or using black strap molasses in the process. Reverse osmosis water, alkaline water or chlorinated tap water kill the microorganisms in the kefir.

When I started brewing water kefir, there were several things that I needed to buy. I have a fully toxin-free kitchen and did not own any plastic utensils. However kefir should never get into contact with metal and it is recommended to only use glass or plastic.

With water kefir there is a primary and a secondary fermentation. For the primary fermentation which takes 24-48 hours only water, grains, sugar and minerals (optional) are used. The F1 is done in a normal jar with an open lid. At the end of the first fermentation the water kefir will have a very mild flavour. In the secondary fermentation (F2) the water kefir grains are removed. The second fermentation gives the water kefir liquid different flavours by adding juices, fruits or spices. The fizz is added by keeping the F2 in an air tight flip top bottle. Both fermentations are done at room temperature.

Neither water kefir grains nor milk kefir grains are sold anywhere in the United Arab Emirates. You could either bring them back from your next holidays abroad or another option would be the UAE fermenters group on facebook, where lots of lovely people are willing to share their kefir grains and scobys.

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Steps

1
Done

Primary Fermentation

Heat up 1 liter of water and dissolve the cane sugar in it.

2
Done

Once the water cooled down to room temperature Iadd the grains.

3
Done

Cover the jar with a muslin cloth and rubber band and kept it on the counter for 24 – 48 hours.

4
Done

Secondary Fermentation

In the secondary fermentation the flavours and fizz are added to the liquid water kefir.

5
Done

Strain the water kefir grains through a mesh (or bamboo) strainer, pouring the liquid in another container.

6
Done

Add 1/4 cup of fruit juice the water kefir liquid and fill it into a tight flip bottle.

7
Done

Keep it on the kitchen counter for another 1-4 days to ferment and then store in the fridge.

8
Done

Eliza Birg

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Ah this looks so refreshing! I’ve recently had kombucha for the first time and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I need to try out kefir next! Btw, I love the setup of your blog posts. They’re easier to read with the ingredients listed out on the side!

I haven’t tried anything like this before. I always have lemon water in the morning and it is so refreshing. I need to try this. Thank you for sharing this recipe, the instructions are well explained.

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