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. You can find out more about the benefits of filtered water at Water Filter Way. 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.