A Soda Drink That is Good For You?
Yes, this carbonated beverage is loaded with things that are good for you. This is what Wikipedia has to say:
“Water kefir grains, also known Tibicos, tibi, sugar kefir grains, Japanese water crystals and California Bees, are a culture of bacteria and yeast held in a polysaccharidematrix created by the bacteria. As with kefir grains, the microbes present in tibicos act insymbiosis to maintain a stable culture. Tibicos can do this in many different sugary liquids, feeding off the sugar to produce lactic acid, alcohol (ethanol), and carbon dioxide gas which carbonates the drink. Water Kefir grains are found around the world, with no two cultures being exactly the same. Typical grains have a mix of Lactobacillus, Streptococcus, Pediococcus and Leuconostocbacteria with yeasts from Saccharomyces, Candida, Kloeckera and possibly others. Lactobacillus brevis has been identified as the species responsible for the production of the polysaccharide (dextran) that forms the grains.”
1/4cup Rapadura (whole cane sugar
1/4cup cane sugar
1cup boiling water
1/4tsp. sea salt
8cups filtered water
1/2 to 1cup freshly squeezed juice (raspberry is my favorite)
Place sugars and sea salt in 1 gallon jar, add 1 cup of boiling water. Stir around till dissolved. Add the 8 cups of water and the water kefir grains. Cover with a cloth and leave in warm place for 2 to 4 days. The longer you leave it the less sweet it will become. The warmer your house, the shorter the fermenting time. Strain out the grains (store in sugar water in the fridge until next time) and add juice of freshly squeezed fruit. Pour the water kefir drink into glass bottles with secure tops. Return to a warm place for another 2 to 3 days. Store in fridge. Be careful when opening because the carbonation can build up pressure.
To order Water Kefir Grains
Try making Kombucha another cultured drink.
Don’t have time to make cultured beverages? Order some on-line