There are as many ways to make water kefir as there are people making it. People who are already familiar with the benefits of making and drinking kefir drinks can tell you all you need to know to get started trying it yourself.
Some purists can be as passionate as contestants at a chili cook-off or Neopolitan grandmas defending their ‘famous’ spaghetti sauce.
(Frankly, it’s just not that compelling a topic to the uninitiated.)
I’ve been hearing about it for years, but was finally converted when I got a big basket of Mason jars, strainers, and live kefir grains for Christmas last year.
Nestled inside the card was a short leaflet with the absolute simplest and clearest directions I’ve seen (and in researching this tutorial, believe me, I’ve seen plenty).
The author was Dom of Dom’s Water Kefir Site. Thanks to the invitingly I dare-you inscructions, I was enjoying my first batch of ginger kefir in days.
After the first liter, I was also a convert.
In that spirit, I’m going to reproduce the recipe, summarized, here. I have added my own tips n’ shortcuts for those who don’t mind half-assing it. It’s pretty hard to do it wrong.
I won’t make any great claims for its purported health benefits, but I can attest that it damn near eliminated my workplace-fart problem.
Have fun, and let us know how it goes for you. The first time you see those little grains bubbling up to the top of your Mason jars, you’ll feel like a proud mama.
How to brew kefir ginger beer
First, you’re going to need some water kefir grains.
Another basic starter post – Water Kefir Tutorial from Passionate Homemaking
I have had some success in treating my cat Flash’s injury-related incontinence with a few tablespoons of kefir in his milk. Some good information about kefir for pets from Dolores Sánchez-Peñalver.
You, like I, may discover that you have a knack for growing SCOBY. (I like to call it a ‘fungus-thumb’.) Get ambitious, and try this comprehensive Ginger Beer Tutorial from Instructables where you grow something called a ‘ginger bug’.
Dom’s Water Kefir Site, an encyclopedic knowledge base. Great browsing and links.