Tips for Brewing Water Kefir in the Summer
With warm weather you will see a sudden change in the volatility of your second ferment. Water kefir ferments significantly faster in the summer months then in the winter.
You need to take special care of your ferments during the summer months to ensure that they don’t explode. Here are some tips to ensure that your kitchen won’t be covered in explosive fizz.
Tip #1 – Prepare your second ferment in the evening. The temperature is cooler at night and your kefir will not ferment as quickly as if you were to do it during the day.
Tip #2 – Burp your second ferment every 12 hours in the sink with a cloth over the top of it. This means open the lid slowly and let excess air out. Summer fermentation sees increased C02.
Tip #3 – Your second ferment may need to be placed in the fridge sooner in the summer.
Tip #4 – Use thick quality glass bottles.
Tip #5 – Don’t fill the bottle completely full. Leave about 2 inches of space at the top of the bottle. This is where the excess C02 is stored.
Tip #6 – Don’t add warmth to your second ferment. Allow it to ferment on the counter naturally. If your home is kept cool with an air conditioner then you can continue to keep it warm. A salt lamp provides the perfect heat.