Encouraging Water Kefir Grains to Multiply
Water kefir grains are known to grow and multiply, but at times they can be reluctant to do so. Because of wide variations in culturing conditions and ingredients, we cannot guarantee that the grains will multiply, but when cared for properly, they should make good water kefir indefinitely.
There are several ways to encourage water kefir grains to multiply.
Flavoring Water Kefir
Water kefir is a wonderful fermented beverage that does not have a particularly strong taste on its own. But flavor it, and it is amazing! Once you've made your first batch of water kefir try one of the many flavor ideas to give it an extra kick!
If you're looking to add a carbonated zing to your beverage, you may need to bottle your water kefir for a second fermentation. You can also create your own flavor combinations with fruit, juices, herbs, and spices - the possibilities are endless!
Bottling Water Kefir
Water kefir is a great fermented product for beginners and makes a delicious replacement for soda. It’s easy to make and can be flavored with fruit or juice and bottled to produce a lightly carbonated probiotic beverage.
This flavoring and bottling period is called the second fermentation, as sugars from the flavor additions feed the bacteria, allowing more fermentation gasses to be produced, and resulting in a fizzy finished product.
Make Water Kefir Lemonade
Water kefir lemonade is one of the easiest water kefir flavor creations! Whether you decide to use freshly squeezed lemon juice or a store-bought variety, adding lemon juice is a simple way to give a citrusy kick to your water kefir.
Once mixed, you can drink it right away or let it sit in the fridge for a few days to let the flavor develop. Looking for a healthier soda alternative for kids? Bottle the water kefir lemonade and let is sit at room temperature for a few days to add a slight fizziness.