WATER KEFIR FAQ
What is water kefir?
Water Kefir is a non-dairy, slightly effervescent, probiotic drink. It is made from water, sugar, and kefir "grains." The grains are bacteria and yeast that feed on the sugar in an anaerobic environment. Most people flavor the base water kefir with fruit.
What does it taste like?
Water kefir tastes like a soda, but is considerably healthier. Wow Wow produces Lime/Basil, Lime/Ginger, Lime/Mint (Mojito), and just plain Lime. Other fruit flavors will be available in season.
What are the benefits of drinking water kefir?
Like other probiotics, water kefir contributes to good gut health. Unlike yogurt or milk kefir, water kefir has no dairy and so it is good for the dairy intolerant. Water kefir helps with digestion and helps produce healthy flora in the intestine.
Is there alcohol in water kefir?
All fermentation involves some form of alcohol production. When yeast eats sugar, the
result is alcohol and CO2. That being said, water kefir and kombucha both have very
low alcohol content, generally between .5% and up to 3%. Water kefir that I had
professionally tested by the food processing authority at Virginia Tech reported that
my water kefir contained .83% (less than 1%) alcohol. If you are sensitive to alcohol,
are pregnant, or allergic, please be aware or contact your doctor before consuming.
What is the difference between water kefir and kombucha?
Although both are probiotic, water kefir produces lactic acid and yeast in the
fermentation process (the same bacterial strains as in vegetable ferments) while
kombucha produces acetic acid and has a black tea base.
Where can I buy water kefir?
There are a very few water kefir products available in stores now. Some of them
rely on the addition of CO2 for the carbonation. Natural water kefir has a short shelf
life because of the microbial action in the bottle. Wow Wow Water Kefir is naturally
carbonated without the addition of soda water. Wow Wow Water Kefir is still in the
approval stage by the state of Virginia and will be available as soon as the state gives