Here are some tips to keep your summer fermentation of water kefir from washing your kitchen ceiling 😉
With the warm weather approaching you are going to see a sudden change in the volatility of your second ferment. Water kefir ferments significantly quicker 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. But don’t worry! I have got you covered with tips to ensure that your kitchen won’t be covered in explosive fizz.
Tip #1 – Prepare your second ferment in the evening. The temperature gets cooler at night and your ferment will not ferment as quickly as if you were to do it during the day.
Tip #2 – Make sure to burp your second ferment every 12 hours instead of the 24 hours in the cooler months of the year. 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 then in the winter.
Tip #4 – Use thick quality glass bottles.
Tip #5 – Don’t fill the bottle completely full. You want to leave about 2 inches of space at the top of the bottle. This is where the excess C02 is stored.
There is nothing like a nice cool fizzy drink of water kefir in the summer that you made yourself.
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Leeza Zurwick is the Founder of Happy Gut and has a deep passion for living off the earth and using fermented food as medicine. After being gifted some water kefir grains, she found it difficult to find consistent information on how to brew water kefir and she found it challenging to source the right brewing supplies. Through extensive research, trial and error, Leeza developed simple recipes and systems to ensure success and delicious results. After drinking water kefir daily, she noticed a significant reduction in bloating, clearer skin and her immune system was strengthened enough to not get sick, despite working in classrooms full of germy kids! Leeza launched Happy Gut in 2017 and made it her mission to share the age old wisdom, simplicity and incredible health benefits of live, probiotic rich, fermented Water Kefir.