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Water Kefir - Your Dairy  Free Probiotic Soda PopWater Kefir – Your Dairy Free Probiotic Soda Pop   Copyright © 2011   Raw...
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ProbioticsProbiotics are the good bacteria, you know, the stuff that gets destroyed alongwith the "bad" bacteria when taki...
state that the alcohol present is between 1-3%. Also, an independent study wasdone last year (2009), by a chemist, showing...
How Much Of The Grains Should Be Used?In general a 1:1:1/4 ratio of hydrated grains (tablespoons) to water (quarts orlitre...
To rehydrate your grains, put them in fresh sugar water (1/4 cup of sugar and 1quart/litre water) for 3-4 days... replacin...
Like with any other dietary change, please check with your doctor before making any drasticchanges to your diet.          ...
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Probiotics are the good bacteria, you know, the stuff that gets destroyed along with the "bad" bacteria when taking antibiotics. We need to replenish the good bacteria for optimal health. Water kefir offers a healthy way to do just that.

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  1. 1. Water Kefir - Your Dairy Free Probiotic Soda PopWater Kefir – Your Dairy Free Probiotic Soda Pop Copyright © 2011 RawFoodHealthWatch.com
  2. 2. Published by: RawFoodHealthWatch.com Windsor, Ontario, Canada http://rawfoodhealthwatch.com Copyright © 2010-2011 – RawFoodHealthWatch.com. All rights are reserved. No part of this report may be reproduced or transmitted in any form without the written permission of the author, except for the inclusion of brief quotations in a review. This report is the intellectual property of RawFoodHealthWatch.com. It is acceptable to share, email, transfer and duplicate this report if it is done in its entirety. However, the right to sell this report is retained by RawFoodHealthWatch.com. Bottom line: you may not sell the contents of this report. Note: This e-book is optimized for viewing on a computer screen, but it is organized so you can also print it out and assemble it as a book. Since the text is optimized for screen viewing, the type is larger than that in usual printed books.Water Kefir – Your Dairy Free Probiotic Soda Pop Copyright © 2011 RawFoodHealthWatch.com
  3. 3. DisclaimerThis report has been written to provide information about the rawfood diet. Every effort has been made to make this report ascomplete and accurate as possible. However, there may bemistakes in typography or content. Also, this report discusseshealthy living and dieting. However, this report should be used as ageneral guide for the raw food diet – not as a replacement for theadvice of a doctor. Nothing in this document, to my knowledge, hasbeen evaluated by the FDA or Health Canada.The purpose of this report is to point you in the right direction forthe raw food diet. The author and publisher does not warrant thatthe information contained in this report is fully complete and shallnot be responsible for any errors or omissions. The author andpublisher shall have neither liability nor responsibility to anyperson or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused oralleged to be caused directly or indirectly by this report.You are solely responsible for the voluntary use of the informationshared in this report.If you do not wish to be bound by the above, please do not continuereading this report.The following information is for education only and is not meant to diagnose, prescribe, or treat illness. Itis valuable to seek the advice of an alternative health care professional before making any changes. Thestatements below have not been evaluated by the FDA (or your countrys equivalent). Any productsmentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.Water Kefir – Your Dairy Free Probiotic Soda Pop Copyright © 2011 RawFoodHealthWatch.com
  4. 4. ProbioticsProbiotics are the good bacteria, you know, the stuff that gets destroyed alongwith the "bad" bacteria when taking antibiotics. We need to replenish the goodbacteria for optimal health.There are different sources of dairy free probiotics, namely sauerkraut,kombucha, miso, ginger beer, and others, but today Im excited to share whatIve learned about water kefir. Water kefir is used by many as a healthyalternative to soda pop and a great source of daily dairy free probiotics.Water Kefir BasicsIn order to prepare water kefir, you pretty much just have to soak water kefirgrains and sugar in a glass jar in water (or juice or coconut water withoutsugar), lightly covered (to avoid possible, but unlikely, explosion as the carbondioxide builds up), at room temperature and away from direct sunlight for 24-48 hours.Then you can add some fruit to the mix to play with the flavors and createunique "soda pops". You can do two soaks, the first with the sugar, the secondwith the fruit. It seems that most of the time people just put the fruit in thefirst soak to save time.What Are Water Kefir Grains?Water kefir grains (a.k.a. tibicos, tibi, sugar kefir grains, Japanese watercrystals, water kefir fungus and California Bees) are, as defined by Wikipedia:a culture of bacteria and yeast held in a polysaccharide matrix created by thebacteria. The microbes present act in symbiosis to maintain a stable culture.The grains feed off the sugar to produce lactic acid, alcohol (ethanol), andcarbon dioxide gas which carbonates the drink. They have a mix ofLactobacillus, Streptococcus, Pediococcus and Leuconostoc bacteria withyeasts from Saccharomyces, Candida, Kloeckera and possibly others.Lactobacillus brevis has been identified as the species responsible for theproduction of the polysaccharide (dextran) that forms the grains.Water Kefir Has Alcohol?Before we go any further Id like to point out that the amount of alcoholpresent in water kefir varies, dependent on factors such as temperature,length of "soaking time", and more. However, several sources around the webWater Kefir – Your Dairy Free Probiotic Soda Pop Copyright © 2011 RawFoodHealthWatch.com
  5. 5. state that the alcohol present is between 1-3%. Also, an independent study wasdone last year (2009), by a chemist, showing a result of just 0.64% by volume(0.50% by weight). With that information I feel that water kefir is safe forchildren, but obviously you should make that decision on your own.Will Any Water Suffice?If you get your hands on spring water or raw water, use that. Some people usemineral water, while others will use boiled (then cooled) tap water. The reasonfor boiling the tap water is to remove the chlorine. Some sources state thatmixing the water in the blender will aerate the water and get rid of thechlorine. It is advised to not use carbon filtered water (Brita) or distilledwater.What Type Of Sugar Can Be Used?I have looked over many water kefir recipes and the types of sugars used varygreatly. Since the sugar is essentially "eaten" by the grains, some people saythe type of sugar doesnt matter much.Some use 100% maple syrup, while others use powdered cane sugar, and yetothers use regular table sugar. I personally do not use any sugar that I wouldnot consume myself, because for one I dont have any in the house and for two,a little is left in the final product.Choose an organic natural sugar and Im sure you will be fine. Some warnagainst honey because they say it will destroy the good bacteria (which isntgood, we want to keep that!).What Supplies Are Needed To Make Water Kefir?At one time it has been said that water kefir grains were not availablecommercially... that you had to get them from someone willing to share them,however that is not the case anymore. Besides grains you will need a containerfor the brewing, glass jars like mason jars are recommended. There arewarnings against allowing the grains to touch metal so be careful with usingmetal lids.Youll need containers to store the finished product. It can be stored in masonjars, but self bottling is a popular fun choice.Keeping the grains separate from the fruit during brewing is important. Sinceyoull be re-using the grains (they may last forever), keeping them in cottondrawstring muslin bags is smart.Water Kefir – Your Dairy Free Probiotic Soda Pop Copyright © 2011 RawFoodHealthWatch.com
  6. 6. How Much Of The Grains Should Be Used?In general a 1:1:1/4 ratio of hydrated grains (tablespoons) to water (quarts orlitres <- close enough) to sugar (cups) is what is often used. Although it isgenerally recommended to have a 3 tablespoon minimum for the grains,regardless if you use less than 3 quarts of water.It is important to use the proper amount of sugar. Essentially, the grains canstarve and ultimately become weaker and eventually leave behind more sugarthan normal when less sugar is used. Feed them properly and less sugar will beleft behind, making a much healthier finished product. In general there shouldbe no more than 1.4% sugar (converted to fructose) left behind in your waterkefir.When using juice (100% organic is best) rather than sugar water, it isrecommended to use less juice than you would water (and of course leave thesugar out completely). It is also suggested to make a few batches using sugarwater before starting to use juice, and not really going back to sugar waterwith the same grains (except for maybe every 3 or 4 batches to the give thegrains a "rest"). Apparently the juice is hard on the grains and will shorten theirlife, also, creating a batch with sugar water after using juice can make theflavor unpleasant.Also, establish your grains with sugar water by making a few batches beforeventuring into using coconut water.What Kinds Of Fruit Can Be Added?You can use essentially any fruit to flavor your water kefir. Be sure not to leavefresh fruit in much more than 24 hours.. dried fruit (organic fruit that has beendehydrated) can be used over and over for up to a week. When using fruitduring the brewing process be sure to keep the grains in a muslin bag to avoidhaving to clean them afterwards, because bits of fruit can get stuck on themwhich can encourage mold, etc.How To Store Kefir Grains When Not In Use?You can keep the water kefir grains in a sugar-water (1/4 cup of sugar and 1quart/litre water) solution in a container with a tight fitting lid in the fridgefor 2-3 weeks. For longer storage just give them fresh sugar-water.For even longer storage (for 5-6 months), dehydrate the grains by placing themon parchment paper (unbleached) for a week or more until they are completelydried. Store them in a mason jar with a tight fitting lid in a cool dry place.Water Kefir – Your Dairy Free Probiotic Soda Pop Copyright © 2011 RawFoodHealthWatch.com
  7. 7. To rehydrate your grains, put them in fresh sugar water (1/4 cup of sugar and 1quart/litre water) for 3-4 days... replacing the sugar-water solution ifnecessary until ready to use. Keep them in a cool dry place for the rehydrationprocedure.Using Juice After Brewing With The GrainsA great method for flavoring your kefir water, aside from adding fruit is to addjuice, but only after the grains have been removed. The procedure is simple...Soak the grains in sugar water for 48 hours, then remove the grains. Top up thejar (well, leave some room for carbon dioxide) with juice. The longer you waitbefore consuming after the juice has been added, the more "fizzyness" therewill be.Its best to use organic juice that you made yourself with a juicer.Is It Possible To Make Water Kefir Beer?When leaving your brew longer than 48 hours it gives it more opportunity toproduce the naturally occurring alcohol, giving you a kefir beer, which isessentially a gluten free vegan beer with beneficial bacteria. Just Google "howto make kefir beer" to find out the rest of the process.RecipesHere are a couple quick water kefir recipes to start you off...Water Kefir Lemonade • 2 litres kefir water - prepared using the information above • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed organic lemon juiceSimply mix the kefir water and the juice together. Chill if desired. Whenbottling in glass with a tight fitting lid (like these Grolsch-style bottles) thenyou might want to place a warning label on the bottle: "CAUTION: Contentsunder pressure!" :)Cream Soda Water Kefir • 2 litres kefir water - prepared using the information above • 1-3 tablespoons of vanilla extract (the real stuff)Simply mix the kefir water and the vanilla together. Chill if desired.Water Kefir – Your Dairy Free Probiotic Soda Pop Copyright © 2011 RawFoodHealthWatch.com
  8. 8. Like with any other dietary change, please check with your doctor before making any drasticchanges to your diet. Advertiser Here Contact me at rawfoodhealthwatch@gmail.com to inquire about advertising at the bottom of my PDF documents. You can order and instantly download this complete raw recipe series at a discount right now from The Raw Chef - click HERE.Water Kefir – Your Dairy Free Probiotic Soda Pop Copyright © 2011 RawFoodHealthWatch.com

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