Water Kefir Step-By-Step Guide
Not everyone might know what kefir is, right? Well, if you do, that’s great! So you’ll understand how good it is! But for those of you who don’t know, kefir is a colony of 37 bacteria and yeast that when fermented, produces a probiotic drink.
We can find kefir for water or milk, but I always consumed the water one. The good thing is that regardless of which one you take, both can be good to you! It is a natural way of restoring the intestinal flora, helps the digestive system, improves immunity; in addition, it is a good antioxidant and it still has thousands of other benefits to our body!
Strain the grains from fermented water with a plastic sieve (do not use any type of metal)
I started drinking it in Brazil! A friend gave me a cup full of grains and I started to grow them at home! People usually given them away when they reproduce a lot and, just as I got mine as a gift, while in Brazil I gave it out to several other people too!
Strain the grains
I used to drink a big cup every morning before eating anything and, frankly, my life improved a lot! You have more energy, the skin improves and, of course, your guts work a lot better. Have you ever heard that the gut is our second brain? Which they say: happy guts, happy body? I guess that’s quite right! LOL
Many people complain about it’s taste. Ok, it is not the most delicious drink in the world. It has a sour taste and is a little sparkling, but when I think of everything it can make to my body, I don’t really care about it’s taste!
Anyways, to culture it, you need to place it in a clean glass jar with water and feed it with brown sugar. The amount of sugar varies, as it depends on the region you live in (whether it is cold or hot) and the amount of grains you have! What I notice is that the more grains you have, more food they need and the warmer it gets, they need less sugar, as they ferment faster.
In a clean glass jar, mix water and brown sugar
When we came to Finland, I brought a small frozen cup of kefir grains in my suitcase and prayed for them to survive! We had a long connection in London, but even though, I tried. When we arrived in Helsinki, they still seem to be alive.
They need to stay cooled to survive in a dormant state when they are not in water. But when we moved to our apartment, our fridge was broken and I could not keep them cold. Unfortunately, as the days passed, snif .. they died!
According to the amount of grains I have and the time their fermentation process takes, I put one spoon of sugar
But I did not give up and when my dad came, he brought me more! It’s like a saying in Brazil: I’m Brazilian and I never give up! (LOL) He had a long trip before coming here, but I asked him to take good care of them so they wouldn’t die again! Craziness must be a family issue LOL as he took really good care of them and they survived!
Mine are still very thin but as they grow, they’ll form bigger grains!
I began culturing them as soon as they arrived! With the warm weather in Brazil, my grains would ferment from one day to the other and I would drink them fresh in the mornings! However, with the cold weather here (and even though we have the heaters), fermentation takes longer and they grow slower too! What to do… day by day, they are getting stronger and the good thing is that I already get to drink it’s water.
Carefully place the grains into the sugar-water, cover it with a cloth and wait until it ferments !!
Anyway, that’s me. A crazy girl that smuggled kefir into Finland, because she had no idea how she would get them here!
So let me know, have you ever tried kefir before? When mine grow bigger, I can share them with you if you live somewhere near!
Lili is half Peruvian, half Brazilian, a dreamer Pisces kind of girl, curious, life lover and travel addicted! She`s been to 53 countries, loves to explore different cultures and to travel to the most unusual destinations. Currently lives in Finland, is a monthly columnist for the website Brasileiras pelo Mundo (a Brazilian platform of expat women) and founder of Hey, I am Lili. She believes that the most important things in life are to laugh out loud, a good wine and people she loves always around anywhere in this world!