Dehydrated water kefir grains: wake them up.
Ingredients and Equipment
Good water is important when you are brewing water kefir. If you have rain water available - that is the best. After that - good spring water - and then lastly your tap water. To remove chlorine you can leave it in the jar you intend using, open, over night which can get rid of quite a bit. Or use a good filter. Don't worry too much - but perhaps use this as a way to learn more about your water.
- 1 litre water
- 1/4 cup organic raw sugar
- 1 vial/approx. 50g of The Fermentary dehydrated water kefir grains (Of course they don't have to be ours, but this recipe is for ours, I know ours and can guarantee ours).
Equipment and a note on sterilising
Don't be too worried about sterilisation - we are growing bacteria, not trying to obliterate it. Nice, clean jars from the dishwasher or very hot water, but no need heavy bleaches that may leave any residue that would kill your bacteria. Boiling water is enough for sterilising in this case.
- 2 litre Jar with lid or cheesecloth
- measuring cups/ willingness to use guess-timation skills
- Wooden spoon or clean stirring stick
How to wake them up
- Empty your vial of dehydrated water kefir grains into a jar
- Pour over 3 - 4 cups of water
- Add about a quarter of a cup of organic raw sugar to the water and stir gently to dissolve the sugar and agitate the grains a little.
- Pop a lid on your jar and leave it for 4 days to a week in room temperature, no need for it to be dark in fact, they may like a lovely sun bath for a few hours.
- They will start to rehydrate and wake up. They should be all plump and alive looking even bounce in your hand after this time.
Get your kit ready for the brewing stages while you wait. Go to the 'How to brew water kefir' recipe, have a look and get prepared. You're going to need a few things.
If they don't appear to be waking up - if the water is still quite sweet, and there is no action in the jar - even when you give it a little whack - they may need some love. Take them out and start again- adding the sugar again, fresh water, but also a piece of fresh ginger, a couple slices of lemon with peel on and wax washed off if not organic, a touch of bicarb., and let it sit again for a few days. It should do the job.
If you feel you need support, we have a closed Facebook group called Ferm Fam - go ahead and join that - it's a place where you can post photos, ask questions, and learn a bit more. OR - even better - grab my book, and come to one of our events or workshops. There's nothing quite like hands on for learning. We love to share and connect - hope to see you soon. x