Water Kefir Grain Instructions
One cup non-chlorinated water
One tablespoon organic cane juice crystals or white sugar
½ teaspoon black strap molasses or rapadura
You can use a blender or hot water to dissolve. Make sure water is completely cool before adding the culture. This will feed ¼ cup water grains. The ideal temperature is 75ºF. Below this temperature fermentation will take many days longer and your water grains will not grow well. You can make an incubator by putting a hot water bottle in a cooler.
Let the water grains complete their cycle. That means, if it is still sweet, it isn’t done. Leave it alone. When it becomes pleasantly tart, strain out the water grains using a fine mesh strainer and start the process over. When your water grains double, double the recipe.
After a few days or weeks you will have more water grains in your culture jar. Continue making water kefir with a portion of your water grains with the basic recipe. This is your back up insuring you always have firm, healthy happy, and growing water grains.
Water grains will ferment any beverage, including coconut water, but they may not grow and they may turn to mush and you lose them eventually. No matter; you have your back up jar going.
You may refrigerate the finished product. You may also refrigerate your culture jar with the water grains inside. Water grains may stop growing for reasons I do not know. I am no expert about water grains. They seem to lose their growth factor often. They usually lose their growth factor if you dry them for back up purposes.
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