I have been making water kefir for just about a month now so I thought it was time for an update!
The grains have grown so I switched from a quart to a half gallon jar and doubling the sugar content (now 1/2 a cup). The grains don't seem to mind a bit and now I am producing enough water kefir for the two of us. The only cost is a few ounces of juice and a 1/2 cup of sugar every two days.
The drink that is produced is light and effervescent, very much like the Kevita I was trying to replace. We drink between 8 and 16 ounces a day each.
My favorite juices to add to the second fermentation are papaya and lilikoi (passion fruit). I tried cherry juice and it was certainly a drinkable beverage, but not nearly as good of a combination with the mild vinegar taste of the water kefir. I am sure to try other juices and will let you know how they taste.
Here are the grains I bought
Let me know if you give it a try. I would love to hear about your experience.
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Adventures in Water Kefir, Part 1
Adventures in Water Kefir, Part 2