Aren’t these the happiest little Water Kefir grains you’ve seen? They don’t belong to me–I killed my grains after a prolonged vacation–but they do belong to a member of Mothering.com’s Traditional Foods forum. See how the grains rise and fall with the carbonation? That is good kefir.
It’s likely that you’re familiar with kefir–the milk-based fermented beverage–but you may not be familiar with water kefir. Water kefir like its milk-based cousin is rich in beneficial bacteria and probiotics which are essential for good health. Remember: not every bacterium is a pathogen.
Water kefir is generally made with 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water kefir grains in a solution of sugar water (1/4 cup sugar to 1 quart of water) with dried fruit and fresh lemons floating around. Other water kefir makers might add ginger to the mix. As you can see–you need a lot of air room lest your jar explode.
If you are looking for water kefir grains, dairy kefir grains or anything else, please visit the cultures & starters exchange.