Water Kefir (Kevita)

By Dr Ernst
July 21, 2016

IMG_5882This water-based, carbonated kefir drink is a great substitute for soda, and so much healthier. It’s a brand name for the this drink, but has sort of taken on a “Kleenex” or “Chap-stick” designation for the product in general. Like all fermented foods, it offers a wide range of health benefits, mostly assisting with digestion, immunity and a healthy gut biome. Here’s a quick and easy recipe.


  • Water kefir grains (rehydrated)
  • Filtered water
  • 1 cup organic cane sugar per gallon of water used*


  • Glass jars (either four 1-quart jars, 2 half-gallon jars or 1 gallon jar)
  • Wooden spoon for stirring
  • 6 12oz sealable glass bottles
  • Hand towels
  • Heavy-duty rubber bands


  • Dissolve an equivalent amount of sugar in a small amount of water in each jar (1/4 per quart jar, 1/2 cup per half-gallon jar, 1 cup for gallon jar).
  • Fill the jar four-fifths of the way up with water.
  • Add an equivalent amount of kefir grains into each jar (1/4 per quart jar, 1/2 cup per half-gallon jar, 1 cup for gallon jar).
  • Cover the jar(s) with the hand towels and attach with rubber bands
  • Let the kevita sit at room temperature, out of direct sunlight for 24-48 hours. Taste after 24 hours. It loses sweetness and gains carbonation the longer it sits. That part is up to you!

*Fermentation turns sugar into lactic acid, CO2 and alcohol. Don’t worry about the sugar content in these recipes!

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