Tips & tricks for the water kefir

In order to successfully make water kefir beverages, here are some helpful tips:

  • avoid the use of metal when handling water kefir grains; in fact, metal ions distort the bacilli contained in the kefir;
  • water kefir seeds are not to be eaten: they serve only to seed your drink;
  • always respect the recommended dosage: about 50 grams of water kefir seeds per 1 liter of water. If the seeds grow too much, simply divide them to always keep this proportion. Otherwise, the beverage could be very acid, undrinkable too;
  • use bottled still water or filtered tap water using Brita-type pitchers or devices;
  • hygiene compliance is essential: the container must be thoroughly washed after each culture. Water kefir seeds must be rinsed after each culture in cold water, and immediately put back in water;
  • if waste appears during the preparation (figs, fresh fruit, etc.), while rinsing the water kefir seeds it accumulates in the hollow of the strainerall you have to do is gently recover the seeds and throw all that you will find in the hollow of the strainer, even if it means sacrificing some kefir « crystals »;
  • if you keep the beverage in the refrigerator, please pay attention to the gas excess that can cause the explosion of the container, especially if it is about sealed, glass bottles; you must leave the gas excess occasionally escape;
  • storing the beverage in the refrigerator slows down the fermentation;
  • some mixtures (fruits, etc.) may eventually damage the water kefir seeds and also slow down their development: in this case, it’s always better to keep aside a portion of the seeds (for that, please go to « How to store the seeds » chapter) and devote only a part of the seeds to the « exotic » mixtures;
  • dry fruits with preservatives should be avoided;
  • in order to enjoy all its benefits, the beverage should be prepared as and when you need it and consumed quickly:

- a young water kefir (fermented for 24 h) is slightly laxative and

 - a mature kefir (fermented for 48 h) slightly constipates.