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Saturday, January 13, 2018

The Newbie Project: JR makes water kefir

Part 3 of our new series
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Water Kefir Starter Kit
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In case you missed it, some of our awesome team members are in the process of trying new cultures they've never made before. JR is making water kefir for the first time with our Water Kefir Starter Kit.

Earlier this week, JR started activating his water kefir grains. Today, he is making his first batch of water kefir! Here's how he did it:
How to Make Water Kefir
1. Strain out the Grains
First, JR strained the kefir grains out of the jar using the plastic strainer provided in the starter kit, discarding the sugar water from activation.

JR: "I smelled and tasted the water before I disposed it. It smelled like hint of vinegar in sugar water. Kind of weird combination, but it I enjoyed the taste. The taste was sweet and refreshing to me."
How to Make Water Kefir
2. Make Sugar Water
Just as he did before activation, JR made a fresh batch of sugar water. This is what the kefir grains will feed on while culturing. He measured half a cup of hot water and a quarter cup of organic cane sugar from our starter kit, then added 2.5 cups of cool water. He then waited for the sugar water to cool to a temperature between 68-85 degrees.
How to Make Water Kefir
3. Add the Grains to the Fresh Sugar Water
Once the water was at a safe temperature, JR added his grains to the fresh sugar water. He covered the jar back up with butter muslin, and left it to culture in a warm spot for 24-48 hours.

Up next: JR bottles and flavors his water kefir.
Making Water Kefir
Water Kefir Starter Kit
How to Make Water Kefir
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