There’s a new deliciously refreshing probiotic drink that everyone is talking about and the big question everyone wants to know is...
What is Water Kefir? Well, you came to the right place!!
Water Kefir is a naturally effervescent probiotic refreshment made from a SCOBY which is an acronym for “Symbiotic Culture of Bacterias and Yeasts.” The Water Kefir SCOBY’s are jelly-like clusters referred to as grains, tibicos, japanese bees or gems. Water Kefir is very high in probiotic value, lactose-free, vegan, gluten-free, caffeine-free, and has a very low alcohol and sugar index.
Water Kefir gets its beneficial properties from the fermentation process which produces an abundance of probiotics. The addition of probiotics are linked to good digestion, increased gut health, reduced inflammation and healthy immune function. Being that Water Kefir is caffeine-free, dairy-free and gluten-free, it is a wonderful option for people with food allergies and sensitivities.
Depending on the fermentation process, the flavor palette of Water Kefir can vary from slightly tangy to sweet with mild to moderate effervescence. Herbal infusions and fruit juice can be used to flavor the Water Kefir, allowing for unlimited combinations of flavors. Double fermentation gives this refreshing beverage a major effervescent upgrade creating a nice alternative to soda pop.
The main differences between dairy kefir and water kefir is that although the SCOBY’s are fairly similar they are different. The dairy kefir SCOBY feeds off of the naturally occurring lactose in milk creating a tart yogurt, no water is added. Water Kefir, however, needs additional sugar and dried fruits added to the water to feed the Water Kefir SCOBY. No dairy is added to water kefir making it 100% dairy-free. It’s the perfect vegan probiotic refreshment.
There are a few main differences between Water Kefir and Kombucha. For one, they are completely different SCOBY’s each with an individual bacteria and yeast matrix, therefore creating completely different appearances. Water Kefir rests on the bottom of the jar when fermenting whereas Kombucha floats on the top of the jar. Second, Water Kefir is made in water and Kombucha needs caffeine and is fermented in tea. Lastly, both need sugar, but Water Kefir is significantly higher in beneficial bacteria than yeast allowing for a light, refreshing taste with a low alcohol index. Kombucha's yeast profile is much more aggressive allowing for a much higher alcohol content and the unique Kombucha flavor.
Natural carbonation can occur, giving this probiotic refreshment a fizz- making it a nice soda pop alternative.
The majority of the water kefir SCOBY rests on the bottom of the jar, but healthy grains will travel up and down in the jar.