With water kefir you can turn sugared water into one of the most vibrant, probiotic-rich drinks you can make at home! 2 tablespoons water kefir grains 2-3 tablespoons organic raw cane sugar 4 unsulphered dried apricots or other dried fruit. Approximately 1 litre (1¾ pints) of water — must be free of chemicals Slice of unwaxed lemon
It is important not to use any metal utensils or brewing vessels while making water kefir.
Stir the sugar into approximately 250ml (9fl oz) of hot water until it dissolves, then add remainder of cold water and allow it to cool to room temperature.
Place the water kefir grains into a 1 litre jar, pour in the cooled sugar water, and drop in the dried fruit.
Cover the jar loosely with a lid, or with a cloth secured with a rubber band to allow air in but to prevent stray debris from spoiling your water kefir. Allow the water kefir to ferment for 2 to 3 days. The longer it ferments, the drier and less sweet it will become.
When the water kefir acquires a flavour that suits you, strain it using a plastic strainer into a jug. Discard the dried fruit (or eat it) but reserve the water kefir grains which can be immediately reused or stored.
While the water kefir can be enjoyed as it is, after its initial fermentation, you can also ferment it a second time. Secondary fermentation allows you to flavor the water kefir, and the secondary fermentation process, which occurs in a tightly capped bottle allows carbon dioxide to develop, producing a fizzy water kefir.
Transfer the bottles of water kefir to the fridge to slow down fermentation and enjoy
After transferring you water kefir into a bottle add a handful of one of the following to your taste.
fresh or frozen raspberries fresh or frozen strawberries several crushed mint leaves and juice of 1 lemon 10-12 dandelion flowers in full bloom
6-8 elderflowers or a large handful of elderberries
Leave to ferment for another 12 – 24 hours with a lid on. It’s a good idea to release pressure every so often particularly if your kitchen is warm as secondary ferments have been known to explode! Keep tasting to understand when your ferment is ready to your liking.
Caring for your Kefir Grains
Water kefir grains are alive being a Scoby (Symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeasts) and therefore require looking after to ensure they produce the best kefir for you.
Occasionally it is beneficial to give your grains a mineral feed.