I made my first quart of water kefir last summer. A friend gifted me some of her kefir grains, and I ran with it, making several batches. But...my kefir making adventures came to a screeching halt when Romy joined the family in early September. Go figure. Recently I jumped back on the kefir wagon, and since I really enjoy what I like to call a good ol' kitchen science project (hello, slow cooker yogurt), my water kefir habit is back in business.
Yay for probiotic fizzy drinks! Good for the gut and tasty to boot.
Okay, so there are tons of sites dedicated to explaining what water kefir is and how to go about making it. These are a few I enjoy:
According to Cultures for Health, "Kefir is a probiotic beverage made with either Kefir Grains or a powdered Kefir Starter Culture. There are two types of grains, Milk Kefir Grains and Water Kefir Grains. Milk Kefir Grains can be used with cow milk, goat milk, or coconut milk. Water Kefir Grains can be used with sugar water, juice, or coconut water. Kefir Grains consist of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship."
I make mine with various kinds of juice -- cherry, blueberry, pomegranate. Next up for me, though, is making a cream soda version, which involves simply adding vanilla. Yum.
Get yourself some grains (there are tons of sellers on Etsy) and give making some a whirl. You might just like it.