OOPS! Gone again – due to wonderfully high demand coupled with Caroline dropping an Entire jarful of grains on the floor, we are having to grow up our grains from our spare, spare, stocks. Would you like to put your name on the waiting list? Just drop us an email and we’ll send them to you as soon as they’re ready – as of 27/5/2020, there’s a waiting time of about 7 days. Plenty of time to contemplate what vessel you will grow them in and flavours you will add…
I have inherited water kefir grains from several sources. Some make kefir that tastes like a farmyard, others have that characteristic butyric acid smell that typifies parmesan and far more unpleasant things – plain unpleasant! Fortunately, our grains make delicious water kefir, providing a subtle carbonated base perfect for drinking as is or allowing you to add your own flavours. An infinite range of possibilities exist, be it cucumber and mint, elderflower, lemon ginger and turmeric…. Our water kefir brews usually within 48 hours at a cool British room temperature but leave for up to 5 days to remove almost all of the sugar from the water.
Until we know the exact microbial content of our kefir grains let’s assume that there are up to 15 different species present. This is not as diversity-rich as milk kefir, but makes a lovely fizzy drink that is probiotic, much lower in sugar, and an excellent substitute for sugary or aspartame-laced fizzy drinks. If you want to take a break, our grains can be refrigeration in sugar water for about 3 months.
We always use Bristol tap water and organic cane sugar to grow our grains. If they’re a bit sluggish we’ll add a pinch of coconut sugar or muscovado.
Grains are posted out first class Monday to Thursday only, because the post isn’t the best at the moment. Orders received after Thursday lunchtime won’t be sent the following Monday, to avoid grains sitting in a sorting office over the weekend. Do make sure to get them into some fresh sugar solution as soon as they arrive.