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I finally got my water kefir grains going and I can say I missed them so much! If you’re waiting for a tasty beverage, you can’t go wrong with water kefir. Today’s soda is full of garbage you do not need to put in your body, water kefir is completely natural and full of probiotics your body can use! It’s really awesome that you can make your own completely natural soda!
I will warn you, this stuff is amazing and it won’t last long. Depending on how long you’ve been working your grains, it may not be as fizzy as traditional soda if that’s what you’re used to, but the more you use them, the more carbonated your beverages will become. At any rate, you’re going to love this! Our absolute favorite version is cream soda, so that’s what I will share with you today, but the possibilities are really limitless.
This recipe is super simple, you just need a couple of special items. You’ll need some water kefir grains and a grolsch style bottle. The rest of the stuff you need you probably already have sitting around your kitchen! Lets get started.
Homemade Cream “Soda”
- Hydrated Water Kefir Grains
- Water (of course)
- 1/4 Cup Rapadura Sugar per quart
- Quart Mason Jar
- Grolsch Style Bottle (not absolutely necessary, but makes it fizzier)
- 1/2 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
- Dissolve sugar in about a half cup of hot water.
- Add 2 1/2 – 3 cups of cool water after sugar is dissolved.
- Ensure temperature of water is room temperature and add hydrated kefir grains cover with cheesecloth or coffee filter secured with a rubber band.
- Leave out of direct sunlight in temperature between 70-75 degrees for 24 to 48 hours. The longer you leave it, the more it ferments (which means less sugar), just don’t leave it over 48 hours or your grains will begin to starve.
- After 24 to 48 hours strain the kefir grains out (I just use cheesecloth) you want to avoid metal if you can). Place the grains back into a new set of sugar water to start the process over again.
- Place your finished water into a grolsch style bottle and cap it for another 48 hours at room temperature.
- Refrigerate it after two days. I usually leave mine sit in the refrigerator for another day or two.
- Add 1/2 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract just before drinking and voila…. homemade cream soda!
That’s all there is to it. It takes a bit of waiting, but once you have your kefir grains going for a while, there won’t be much waiting because you’ll have some ready! There are other variations to make like I said, but honestly this is the only one we make anymore! I hope you enjoy your healthy, natural cream soda!!
Do you make water kefir? What is your favorite flavor combination?