What is water kefir?
Water kefir is a fermented beverage made from water and sugar. It is light, pleasant, and slightly carbonated. Water kefir production introduces a living mother culture, called kefir grains, into the sugar water, that metabolize the sugar and evolve the water into an effervescent and delicious health infusion. The finished water kefir contains an assortment of beneficial bacteria and yeasts, organic acids, some B vitamins and enzymes. CO2 and trace amounts of alcohol are also produced.
Water kefir grains are beautiful. They are small gelatinous gems and look like translucent crystals of varying sizes. The term “grain” is a unit of measurement that may differ in size but contains the whole; such as a “grain of salt” or “a grain of sand”. When you take an individual grain of water kefir between your fingers, you can gently press the gem and it will divide into fractals of the same. An exemplar of the cosmic design of life in motion. The water kefir grain will grow, fractal and multiply, and grow some more. Sometimes they capture CO2 and float around the fermentation vessel, release the bubble, fractal, and then sink back to the bottom of the vessel to repeat their graceful dance.