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Switch From Soda to Kefir Water Probiotic Drink You Easily Make at Home

Updated on January 28, 2014

I Kicked My Root Beer Cravings By Making My Own Tasty Healthy Drink

Drinking store brand Sucralose sweetened root beer (or any other) artificially sweetened and flavored soda pop is just not in sync with my organic diet but I couldn't imagine what I could substitute to satisfy my cravings.

A couple years ago I decided to revamp my regular diet, after consulting with my chiropractor Chiropractic Joy.

In the process I overcame some health problems that she targeted with her brain-based treatment and gentle manipulations and my overall health improved. I had replaced white sugar with healthy natural sugars that are low on the Glycemic Index - of vital interest to those who want to avoid or diminish the effects of an epidemic of Diabetes.

It made no sense for me to hang onto my craving for the earthy flavored bubbly drink, so I set off on a quest for a replacement that would satisfy my taste, and I share that recipe here.

Published September 10, 2013 on Squidoo by Leslie Sinclair

ALL PHOTOGRAPHS copyright 2013 by Leslie Sinclair - ALL RIGHTS RESERVED - no use permitted

I Rank These Kefir Crytals Top Notch

As a novice water kefir maker I was able to produce refreshing drinks from the first batch on. This has become a regular part of my life now.

Previously I had made milk kefir with coconut milk and liked the taste, but the process produced too much kefir for me to drink and I wanted to replace my rootbeer habit with a water based drink. It's a wonderful accompaniment to my staples.

Keysands Live Organic Water Kefir Grains (Crystals, Tibicos)
Keysands Live Organic Water Kefir Grains (Crystals, Tibicos)

This is the package I bought and continue to use, after five months.

They are small, about half the size of a grain of rice, and arrive in a sealed plastic bag.

Directions for using and keeping them are included.

 
1/2 Cup Organic Water Grains
1/2 Cup Organic Water Grains

For crystals that are already hydrated and ready to make kefir, this is the product choice.

It delivers 1/2 cup of crystals, so it will brew a half-gallon or gallon at a time.

 

He Believed that Probiotics Could be Beneficial to Us

kefir is a probiotic

In the early 1900s this scientist shared his idea that human health could benefit from the addition of certain microorganisms (they make changes, some say positive changes) in the guts of human hosts.

That means they cause the already existing microorganisms in our bellies to do things like mediate gastric disturbances, and cause better digestion and processing of our foodstuffs.

Many regular users of probiotics swear by their use and sing their praises in anecdotal accounts of health improvement.

The photo and much more information on this topic come from Wikipedia: Thanks to Ilya

Probiotics or by another name - Tibi Tibicos Japanese-Water

The Vital Ingredient For This Marvelous Drink

Keysands Live Organic Water Kefir Grains (Crystals, Tibicos)
Keysands Live Organic Water Kefir Grains (Crystals, Tibicos)

My online research led me to make my purchase of these organic crystals at Amazon. Reviewers consistent raves about the product convinced me to place my dollar on this product.

I will soon add my 5 Star Review to the preponderance of this product's fans on the website. Right now I'm too busy enjoying the beverage with the confidence that probiotics help make healthy bodies.

 

15 Minutes & 48 Hours and Voila!

Necessary Items

1. mixing bowl, preferably glass

2. large mixing spoon

3. nylon mesh strainer

4. quart pitcher

5. tablespoon

6. flip-top sealing bottles for carbonating your beverage *Optional - carbonation is a choice. Beverage is delicious and fulfilling without the fizz, but suit yourself.

Assemble utensils and ingredients and marvel at how easy it is to make the drink.

  • Prep time: 10 min
  • Cook time: 5 min
  • Ready in: 15 min
  • Yields: 1 Quart

Ingredients

  • 4 Tablespoons Keysands Orangic Kefir Water Grains (Crystals)
  • 3 Tablespoons Raw Orangic Cane Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Raw Organic Coconut Sugar
  • 2 Large Medjuhl Dates
  • 1 Quart Mineral Water - non-sparkling
  • 1/2 teaspoon Bakto Flavors Natural Root Beer Flavor

Instructions

  1. 1. Pour Mineral Water into mixing bowl or large glass measuring pitcher
  2. 2. Add Sugars
  3. 3. Stir to dissolve sugars and pour into quart pitcher
  4. 4. Open Kefir Crystal bag and place crystals into nylon mesh strainer
  5. 5. Pick out and discard any dry strands of crystals (all mine were live)
  6. 6. Rinse crystals gently in fresh water and drain in strainer
  7. 7. Add crystals gently to pitcher
  8. 8. Add dates to pitcher
  9. 9. Add root beer flavoring
  10. Cover pitcher with loose lid, allowing mixture to breathe. Note the closeup of my pitcher and lid showing spout opening. Cheesecloth is a useful covering material if you don't have this type of lid - just be sure that it is not covered air-tight, or kefir won't develop.
  11. Let sit at room temperature for one or two days. Check after 24 hours and if it's done, then strain out crystals as you fill your glasses, add ice, and enjoy. Wait up to 48 hours if you don't notice any change in the water.
  12. For Natural Carbonation
  13. Fill flip-top sealing bottles with kefir water and let sit at room temperature for between two and five days. You'll be able to see the bubbles through the glass, and soon you'll recognize the timing that works for your ingredients and method.
  14. The Next Batch
  15. Rinse out the pitcher and repeat the process (no need to rinse crystals prior to making subsequent batches). Kefur Grains Crystals will typically grow in volume so soon you will be able to make two or more pitchers full at a time. Buy a case of quality flip-top bottles so you always have empties on hand.
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Check Bottle for Mineral Content

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Tipping Crystals Into Pitcher

An Elegant Conversion Transpires

48 Hour View With a Floating Date

You know your kefir grains are growing when you see new strings in the water mixture.

After one day I saw an increased cloudiness but not much else, so I waited another full day to see what happened. The dates had begun to plump up.

Presto! one date floated up to the top, surrounded by new growth of kefir grains that accumulated throughout the pitcher, but especially at the top and bottom.

I already had the flip-top bottles on hand for my first batch, because I wanted to try carbonating some of the probiotic drink to see if it was as satisfying as that old store-brand soda pop.

Below, see what the mixture looked like when I removed the cap after 48 hours. Below that follow the procedure of straining the crystal grains and dates out of the kefir water, in pictures.

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It Was Beyond My Imagination How I Would Satisfy My Cravings

Prompted by a quest for better health I decided to give kefir water a try.

Enjoy the Freshness of Probiotics

Immediate Gratification & Bottled Drinks from 1 Quart Mineral Water

Items For Making Your Own Root Beer Probiotic Kefir Water

Bormioli Rocco Square Swing Bottle 33.75 Ounce
Bormioli Rocco Square Swing Bottle 33.75 Ounce

I chose the premier flip top bottles because they are most highly rated. In case I want to carbonate some of my drinks I don't want the bottles to explode, which sometimes happens with cheaper bottles which are also available here.

 
Luminarc Quadro 1.7-Liter (57 1/4-Ounce) Pitcher
Luminarc Quadro 1.7-Liter (57 1/4-Ounce) Pitcher

I have this same pitcher and the advantage it has for this project is that the lid does not seal tight. So, it covers the contents, but the kefir can still breathe.

 
(Set of 3) Nylon Mesh Strainer 4”, 5½”, 7”Great Quality
(Set of 3) Nylon Mesh Strainer 4”, 5½”, 7”Great Quality

I'm not the only kefir maker who uses this strainer for the process. The holes are tiny; it's easy to clean, and you get three for the price of one.

 
Anchor Hocking 8 Cup Measuring Cup Glass Batter Bowl with Spout
Anchor Hocking 8 Cup Measuring Cup Glass Batter Bowl with Spout

This measure is ideal for using to dissolve the sugars in the water, and use the spout to pour the mixture into the pitcher.

 

I've Ditched the Commerical Chemical Laden Drinks for Natural Probiotics & Taste

Order the Ingredients Delivered to Your Door

FIJI Natural Artesian Water, 500mL Bottles (Pack of 24)
FIJI Natural Artesian Water, 500mL Bottles (Pack of 24)

This is a handy way to always have a supply of pure water on hand. It is important to not use tap water because it contains chlorine and fluoride which will cause your kefir water to fail.

 
Trace Minerals Research - Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops - 8oz
Trace Minerals Research - Concentrace Trace Mineral Drops - 8oz

If you have trouble finding non-carbonated mineral water you can simply add these healthy drops to your fine pure spring water.

Be certain not to buy sparkling mineral water for kefir making - if you let it sit bottled long enough it will make its own natural carbonation.

 
Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar Jug, 3.34 Pound
Florida Crystals Organic Cane Sugar Jug, 3.34 Pound

I seldom use cane sugar, even organic, but water kefir works best with white sugar, so this is what I use. It is organic and much less processed than the big brands.

 
Madhava Naturally Sweet Organic Pure & Unrefined Coconut Sugar, 16 Ounce (Pack of 6)
Madhava Naturally Sweet Organic Pure & Unrefined Coconut Sugar, 16 Ounce (Pack of 6)

I use this beautiful sugar for kefir and for baking and smoothies too.

 
Bergin Nut Company Organic Medjool Dates, 14-Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)
Bergin Nut Company Organic Medjool Dates, 14-Ounce Bags (Pack of 2)

I am so happy with the nutty flavor these medjool dates add to my kefir. It enhances the rootbeer flavor and serves as a sugar food for the probiotics development.

 

A Bunch of QUIZZES

Thanks, Imagination, For Encouraging Me to Ditch the Sucralose Soda Pop

Comments - Does This Make You Feel Ready to Get Started on Some of Your Own?

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      Namsak 3 years ago

      As someone who is virtually addicted to diet coke I just might give this a try.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @Namsak: Oh goodie. I need to add a statement about the fermentation process. I haven't let mine sit bottled long enough to become carbonated, but it can actually get much stronger with time. Let me know how yours turns out. I chose dates as my fruit additive, but one can add most any type of fruit. I'm going to eventually try dark purple grapes and cinnamon.

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      Ellen Gregory 3 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      .This sounds very interesting. I broke my soda habit by keeping a pitcher of iced green tea sweetened with stevia in the fridge. I do however miss the fizz. Thank you so much for the information.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @LiteraryMind: I'm so excited because making this kefir means getting lots of probiotics into my diet and satisfying a soda quest at the same time. The next batch I make will be flavored with dark purple grapes. It's really fun when I flip the top of a sealed bottle and bubbles rise up just as if it were store bought.

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      TedWritesStuff 3 years ago

      Like others I have never heard of this before...I must try!

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @tedwritesstuff24: Oh Goodie! Some people like to use raisins; in fact I haven't heard of anyone using dates, but I usually have big plump medjool dates on hand.

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      DebW07 3 years ago

      I stopped drinking soda "cold turkey" a few years ago but my (adult) kids and husband still drink pop once in a while. I may just try this to see if they prefer it. Thanks Papier!!

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I've recently been reading about kefir, and was surprised to find this lens. I'm actually going to print out your recipe and try it. Thank you for making this!

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      Jackie Jackson 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      I wish I'd read this few days ago! I recently gave up soda altogether and started drinking herbal tea instead. That was fine until today. I've spent about 5 hours doing heavy yard work and guzzled THREE cans of coke in the process. It's eighty five degrees outside and I was too hot and bothered to make tea. I wish I'd seen this lens previously.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @BritFlorida: The big bonus is that by drinking kefir water drinks I'm getting probiotics into my body, and it surprises me how the drinks satisfy me every bit as much as soda pop. For some people the kefir water is done in 24 hours - I think it depends on the humidity and temperature in the room. Takes less time in climates like Florida - you lucky lady.

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      Nightcat 3 years ago

      This sounds truly wonderful and refreshing! I always try to make my own drink combos to avoid soda so this would be well worth the try.

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      sukkran trichy 3 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      thanks for introducing kefir water and the recipe. it is a great idea and i will try it.

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @sukkran trichy: So glad to hear that, and I'm happy to report that I'm still finding it satisfying.

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      Aibrean82 3 years ago

      Wow, I had never heard of this before! Interesting information - I might look into making this myself!

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      MsBertie 3 years ago

      Interesting, Just wondering how many calories with all that sugar?

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      @MsBertie: Wish I could answer that, but the kefir crystals eat the sugar and convert the product into probiotics. The drink is not sweet at all, so it's a natural chemical process where sugar is fuel. It's still a vital question..

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