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Make Homemade Water Kefir

Make Authentic Water Kefir at Home

Tibicos is a fermented beverage made from water and sugar (1). Water kefir is a source of probiotics. Water kefir is easy to make and has a slightly sweet and yeasty flavor, depending on how the kefir was prepared. Water kefir may contain a small amount of alcohol (up to 2%), during the fermentation carbon dioxide is created. Water kefir is a wonderful source of beneficial bacteria, and has various vitamins and folic acid.

water kefir grainsWater kefir is also known as tibicos, tibi or Japanese water crystals. Water kefir is made with water kefir grains. The water kefir grains look like small, clear gelatinous structures consisting of various bacteria and yeasts. The fermented drink, the drink itself can bought in the better department stores, usually bottled in glass bottles. With fresh kefir grains you can make water kefir forever, if provided with proper care and attention. The water kefir grains can be bought at our Kefirshop.

If you can't consume dairy products than Water kefir is an excellent lactose-free probiotic beverage. Other probiotics which are dairy-free: kombucha and sauerkraut. Water kefir is very different than Kombucha, with various bacteria and yeasts, various nutrients, multiple therapeutic benefits and a completely different taste. You may not compare them.

You can make Water kefir with a variety of fruit, coconut water and various types of sugars. You can ultimately decide which flavor you want to achieve and I encourage everyone to experiment with (2). After you have brewed the Water kefir, you can add yet another flavor. You can even ferment the resulting beverage further in a bottle and it's possibly to add seasonings. The fermented liquor is best stored in the refrigerator.

You may drink Water kefir at any time of the day. If you just start drinking Water kefir it is best to start with one glass a day, building up drinking Water kefir, let your body speak. The consumption differs really from person to person. Water kefir is a powerful probiotic.

1.Best use organic raw cane sugar; but white sugar, agave, maple syrup and palm sugar can also be applied. Feel free to experiment with natural sweeteners.

2.Best experiment with some spare kefir grains. With the excess of kefir grains you can experiment. If you want to save a backup of kefir grains; you can save them for a short time at some water and sugar in the fridge. If you wish to store them for a longer period, you may dry the kefir grains on some oven paper and if they are dry, store them in a cool and dry environment.

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