I’m a big kombucha fan. I’ve even brewed it a few times. It turned out great. But for some reason it seemed a bit overwhelming – brewing the tea …letting it sit for a week….and then it’s a whole gallon (what am going to do with all of this?? should I be drinking it at night since it’s made with black tea??).
My mom had gotten some water kefir grains from a friend and shared them with her and then she shared with me. I brewed up a batch and in 2 days -wah lah it’s done! Let me tell you, it was pretty good. and now I’m hooked!
I actually got this recipe from Cultures for Health. And get this – they are down the road from me! You may think that’s not a big deal – but this is South Dakota. To have such a company in Sioux Falls, SD is wonderful. Sure wish I would have known. I could have driven a mile down the street and saved the $10 in shipping 🙂 Ah well. It’s amazing. and impressive. Way to go Cultures for Health!
You start out with about 4 T or 1/4 cup of sugar. I used organic sucanat – but I have also used coconut sugar. Both work really well. You can used refined sugar if you want. The grains actually eat the sugar – you don’t. I just feel better about using the sucanat or coconut sugar. Boil a little water and pour it into the sugar – about half way. This is a quart jar btw.
Let that cool off a bit. Once it’s cooled off add distilled or filtered water almost to the top. Save some room for the grains. Then add in the grains. I got mine already hydrated from my mom. But this is where you add in the dehydrated also.
Let is sit for about 2 days. Don’t cover it air tight. I covered mine with a paper towel and rubberband. It needs to be able to breath. After 2 days this is what it will look like. Look at the fizzy bubbles at the top! Pefect.
Separate the grains from the water. But don’t use aluminum. I use a stainless steel strainer that works pretty good.
You can now make another batch if you want. You also can drink the water kefir right away. I like to let mine sit for another couple of days on the counter with a little dried fruit. Use something that is air tight. I used an old flip top beer bottle. Ok, let’s be honest. I went out and bought several *new* 4 packs and “had” to drink 1 a night with my husband for the next 4 days. Then add in some fruit if you want. I have used dried cranberries and apricots. Don’t use dried apricots. Seriously. I opened my air tight bottle after 2 days and it literally shot to the ceiling with half of my water kefir. Pretty sure there is still a mark. I had 2 bottles. There was no way I was going to open the 2nd one. It went outside with my husband. Let’s just say that I have 1 less beer bottle and my neighbor now has a piece of the lid. 🙂 I won’t be using apricots anymore.
It does get less sweet as it sits out more, but I don’t mind it. Try it and perfect your own! It’s seriously worth it. And it does taste better out of this glass.