How To Make A Flavorful & Fizzy Batch of Probiotic Water Kefir | Growing Up Herbal | This water kefir recipe is sure to turn out with a delightful flavor and fizz that will make your tounge and tummy happy in more ways than one!

Making fermented foods a regular part of your diet will support your health in a variety of ways. Not only does it encourage beneficial bacteria in your gut, but it keeps the immune system strong as well. One way I personally add ferments to my diet is through the use of fermented beverages like kombucha and water kefir.

I’ve been a longtime kombucha drinker… starting with basic black tea kombucha and then later switching to jun kombucha. Most recently, though, I’ve been enjoying drinking lots of flavorful, fizzy water kefir.

Water kefir is a fermented sugar water, and like kombucha, it’s full of probiotic bacteria. Here’s the thing though. If you’re new to fermented drinks, water kefir is the one to start with. In my opinion, water kefir is much easier to make and keep up with than kombucha. Not only that, but it has a milder taste that’s easier to get used to as well.

This week, I’d like to share a basic water kefir recipe with you that will result in a fizzy, flavorful drink that is not only satisfying but healthy.

Flavorful & Fizzy Probiotic Water Kefir

Yields 4 cups

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups distilled water
  • 1/4 cup organic cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of hydrated water kefir grains
  • 1-2 drops of ConcenTrace trace mineral drops
  • 1 cup organic grape juice

Directions:

  1. Combine 1/4 cup of sugar with 1/2 cup of boiled water. Stir until dissolved. Add in 3 1/2 cups of cool distilled water and trace mineral drops. Let cool to room temperature.
  2. Add hydrated water kefir grains, and cover with a coffee filter and rubber band. Sit in a cool, dark space for 2 days.
  3. Strain water kefir grains from water and set aside for another batch following steps 1-2.
  4. Combine fermented water kefir with 1 cup of organic grape juice. Pour this mixture into two flip-top bottles and let sit on the counter for 24 hours. After 24 hours, pop the tops on the bottles to release the pressure. At this point, you can begin drinking your water kefir. Store it in the refrigerator and pop the tops every 1-2 days to release pressure. If you’d like your water kefir to be fizzier, let it ferment on the counter for another 24 hours before refrigerating.

Note:

  • If you’re starting with dehydrated water kefir grains, follow the instructions to hydrate them before making your first batch of water kefir.
  • A new batch of water kefir can be made every 2-3 days.

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