Water Kefir

How To Make Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / September 17, 2022

Water kefir grains, or we call them kefir crystals, are unlike milk kefir grains as they thrive on sugars and not lactose. The special probiotic yeasts and beneficial bacteria in the water kefir crystals consume the sugar in the sugar water. They produce probiotics, new enzymes, organic acids, and antioxidants which may have many beneficial…

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Water Kefir or Kefir Soda? Two Different Ways to Make Probiotic Soda

By Donna Schwenk / September 25, 2021

Which Is Better? Kefir Soda Versus Water Kefir I love kefir soda, but this is a slightly different process from making water kefir that is made with water kefir crystals. When you make water kefir with crystals, you make your first ferment and then you ferment it again to flavor it. This is a two-step…

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8 Ways To 2nd Ferment Kombucha and Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / August 8, 2020

There are a million reasons why you shouldn’t drink regular sodas that are laden with high fructose corn syrup, dyes, and chemicals that are hard on the body. Both kombucha and water kefir provide minerals and probiotics, and they are easy and fun to make. Replace your drinks with kefir soda or kombucha and you…

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How To Second Ferment Your Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / December 7, 2019

Water kefir tastes pretty plain unless you second ferment it. You can choose your favorite juice and make a delicious bubbly drink that is loaded with probiotics. Here is an easy recipe to give you an easy guideline to follow. […]

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Which is Better – Water Kefir or Milk Kefir?

By Donna Schwenk / August 4, 2018

People often ask me about water kefir and milk kefir and which type of kefir I think is more beneficial. Water kefir is a non-dairy kefir that is gaining in popularity. Many people start with this method of making kefir because it’s so easy and fun and they want a non-dairy option. . .

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Probiotic Mocktails! Kefir, Kombucha, and More!

By Donna Schwenk / June 5, 2016

A recent study, published in the journal PNAS, suggested that bacteria in the gut may play a role in alcohol addiction and the risk of relapsing after rehab. The study was done on 60 alcohol-dependent individuals. […]

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A Love Affair With Coconut Water Kefir

By Donna Schwenk / April 10, 2016

Coconut water is my favorite water kefir. I love how it tastes, how easy it is to make, and how it makes me feel. In the early days of making cultured foods, coconut kefir was a huge part of my daughter Maci’s recovery from food allergies and IBS. It was something she really liked and she would have a glass with a slice of fresh lime. […]

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Water Kefir FAQ’s

By Donna Schwenk / January 11, 2010

Frequently Asked Questions About Water Kefir My water kefir has changed and smells yeasty or funny? If your water kefir has a yeasty aroma you may be over-culturing, which can cause an imbalance. Make sure to reduce the culturing time in warmer temperatures, to keep the crystals well-fed and in balance, and feed them every…

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