Water Kefir

Translucent rubbery grains do the work.
Translucent rubbery grains do the work.

Water Kefir is one of the simplest methods of fermentation that you can use at home.

Mysterious, rubbery grains transform sugar and water into a drink full of probiotic goodness. The grains are really colonies of microbes that eat the sugar and excrete carbon dioxide along with a whole bunch of compounds that are great for our health, especially that of our gut flora and fauna.

How to use the grains

My way of fermenting with water kefir grains is simple.

I have a jar in which about 2 tablespoonfuls of the grains live. I start them with a tablespoonful of sugar and 3 cups of spring or filtered water.

Every day in the warmer weather (every second day in the cool), I pour out the liquid and drink it. Then I replace the water and sugar and leave it overnight. The next day I repeat the process. What could be simpler than that?

You can leave the kefir for a couple of days before drinking if you want a stronger taste.

Find out about other simple types of kitchen fermentation on our fermentation page