Water Kefir FAQ
Welcome to the Kombucha Kamp Water Kefir FAQ, a great place to get all your kefir questions answered. Can’t find your answer in our water kefir faq? Try our Water Kefir Recipe page or drop us a line via the Contact Page.
What is water kefir?
Water kefir is a probiotic beverage made from sugar water to which we then add water kefir grains. Water kefir has a lightly sweet, refreshing flavor created by the fermentation of sugar by bacteria and yeast.
How do you pronounce the word kefir?
The traditional way to pronounce “kefir” is “kuh-FEAR” with the emphasis on the second syllable. There are two other common pronunciations we hear in the United States. We say KEE-fur because words in English don’t typically stress the last syllable for nouns. KEFF-er is an alternate pronunciation because it is common for short vowel sounds to be represented by a single vowel. “Tomato” -“tomahto” as we say!
What does water kefir taste like?
Water kefir has a sweeter, lighter flavor than Kombucha. It hits the palate higher in the mouth than the acids in Kombucha. Adding flavors will yield a variety of results with ginger, fruit and herbs being the most popular additives. Coconut water kefir has a unique flavor profile devoid of sweetness when fermented without any additional sugar. Just like grape juice doesn’t taste the same as wine, whatever substrate we ferment will have a different flavor and mouthfeel than what it is originally made from. Here is a Coconut Water Kefir Recipe.
What is the difference between water kefir and milk kefir?
Milk kefir is the “original” kefir. Made from milk, it provides an enhanced nutrient profile due to the fermentation process. Water kefir is a polysaccharide that thrives on sucrose. The process of making water and milk kefir is similar and both of the cultures are known as “grains.” However, that is where their similarity ends. Each comprise a unique and different groups of bacteria and yeast.
What’s the difference between water kefir, ginger beer plant and ginger bug?
Ginger beer plant and water kefir look nearly identical but the ginger beer plant is uniquely made to ferment ginger. The grains also tend to be larger in size, perhaps due to the nutritional content of ginger and sugar versus sugar alone. Ginger bug is entirely different and can be made by macerating piece of ginger with sugar and leaving open to the air in order to attract wild yeast. The entire hunk of ginger, sugar and organisms are then used to ferment sugar water for a tasty “ginger ale.”
Why is kefir good for health?
All fermented foods provide nutrients in a living form. At Kombucha Kamp, we recommend consuming a variety of fermented foods and drinks to provide a wide range of real nutrition for a good gut. If the body has what it needs to thrive, as a result it can