Brewing Aqua Kefir FAQs
Updated: Aug 28, 2020
What is Aqua Kefir?
Aqua kefir, also known as Water kefir, is a probiotic beverage similar to kombucha that is made with water kefir grains or Tibiscos. It sounds super mad scientist, but actually people have been brewing kefir for centuries for its health benefits, and deliciously fizzy taste that is more full-bodied than seltzer, but less intense than kombucha. I started brewing it in 2010, and couldn't believe it was naturally fizzy, and amazing for you.
What are the Health Benefits of Kefir?
A quick Google search will turn up many health claims for water kefir, curing everything from acne to cancer. Touted as the next Kombucha, kefir has been showing up on retail shelves across the country, and it also very easy to make at home using a basic kefir kit, some swing tops, and whatever flavors you like.
What are Your Favorite Kefir Kits?
Ready to get brewing? Here are some of our favorite kefir kits that make it super easy to brew at home.
Why do People Drink Water Kefir?
Water kefir is filled with B-vitamins and works by balancing the microflora in your body. It's also been known to help people with yeast infections, indigestion, obesity, Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Crohn’s Disease, skin disorders---the list it goes on and on.
Oh, and the best part? It turns out fizzy like soda pop. Yes, you can make your own sodas, and they are actually good for you!
Why are my aqua kefir grains not “working” or “activating”?
Be sure you are using good spring water. Rinse the grains, start fresh, and add a few drops of Concentrace mineral supplement, eggshell, or a dash of sea salt to your water.
Why does my first stage aqua kefir taste too sweet or too sharp?
Sharp: It’s been fermenting too long or at too high a
temperature. Sweet: Needs more fermentation.
Why is my second stage kefir or “soda” not getting fizzy?
Be sure you are using an airtight, heavy duty bottle such as a swingtop bottle.
Why are my aqua kefir grains a bit discolored and slimy?
Give them a good rinse. Yes, you can use your tap water for this.
Why are my aqua kefir grains are not multiplying?
It may take 3 or 4 batches until you see the grains begin to multiply. Be sure and change the water and replenish the sugar frequently. Every 24-36 hours.
I need a break! Sure the aqua kefir is good and all, but what do I do with my Kefir Grains while I'm on vacation?
No problem! Put your grains in a quart mason jar with fresh water, 1/4 cup of sugar, and a dash of lime juice. You can “rest” the grains in this state for up to two weeks in the fridge.