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. It can be flavored with any variety of fruits or savory flavors. Some of my favorites are Lime/Basil, Lime/Mint (Mojito), ginger and blueberry. Fresh fruits, in season, work best.
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 and/or artificially introduce specific probiotics into the drink. Natural water kefir has a short shelf life because of the microbial action in the bottle. Unfortunately, due to regulations, Wow Wow Water Kefir is not available for commercial sale. But you can attend a workshop to learn how to make this probiotic drink yourself. Grains are provided at the workshop so you can get started right away. For more information about the process, read the blog post.