Tasting Water Kefir
Q. What should Water Kefir taste like if I am making it correctly?
A. It is generally tart and fizzy, but it really depends on how long you let it ferment. You can taste it after two days of fermentation and see how you like it. If it is too sweet, let it go a bit more.
Q. How will I know if I’ve successfully made Water Kefir?
A. The primary test of whether or not you have successfully made Water Kefir is if the finished Kefir tastes less sweet than the sugar water or juice you’ve started with.
Q. What if it isn’t fizzy?
A. Try a secondary fermentation and see if that helps. Meanwhile, do another fermentation cycle with the grains. They might need to adjust to your environment. They should have some fizz after primary fermentation and more after secondary fermentation. The most carbonation will be when cultured with Coconut Water. You may still drink and receive the benefits of the non-fizzy Water Kefir that you made.
Q: How can I increase the amount of carbonation?
A. There are several ways to increase the amount of carbonation/fizz/bubbles in Water Kefir. Whole sugars (sugars containing molasses) will normally produce a more bubbly kefir than water kefir made with white sugar (adding 1 tablespoon of molasses to white sugar has a similar effect). Once the initial culturing process is complete and the grains have been removed, you can bottle up the finished Water Kefir with or without juice (20% fruit juice is a good ratio) for several days to allow carbonation to build. Water Kefir bottled with juice will generally be more carbonated than Water Kefir bottled without juice due to the higher sugar content.
Q. What do you mean by secondary fermentation?
A. After draining the grains, add whatever fruit (fresh, dried or juice) or flavors (e.g. vanilla) you like to the finished Water Kefir, cap and let that ferment for a day or two. For more ideas, see our Recipes section.
Q. Can I flavor Water Kefir while it’s brewing?
A. Yes, technically you can add fruit (fresh or dried) to the sugar water at the same time you add the grains. Please note that not all fruit is not compatible with Kefir Grains and over time, may damage the grains. Strawberries, mangos and figs are popular fruits to add during the culturing process.