So you received your package of kefir grains and you are excited to get started but what is the best way to transfer them into the jar?
This has been a common question that I have been receiving and I wanted to go into some depth with the answer.
When your grains arrive, they have been in the package in dormancy and are hungry.
They will be various sizes. Some larger, some sand size and some microscopic. If you put the package up to the light, you will see all of the tiny babies. They are basically like gardening seeds and need to be planted so that they can grow. Smaller grains are actually the best because they ferment quicker because of the smaller surface area.
They will also be smelly because they are yeast and bacteria that have been sitting in a bit of water waiting to be fed sugar and get activated.
Once you open your package, strain the grains through your nylon strainer and drop them into your sterile fermenting jar.
Don’t rinse them.
You want to ensure that you don’t cross contaminate the grains with other bacteria. That is why I strongly suggest that you purchase the Happy Gut kit, so that you are starting with a sterile environment and you solely use it for water kefir only.
Yes, the water your first round may be a little bit stinky because you haven’t rinsed the grains but the smell will go away on the second round.
You want to try to preserve the microscopic babies so that they can get growing and if you rinse them, they will go down the drain. 🙁
Here are some additional brewing tips for cooler months.
As well as some tips on how to know if your grains are working or not.
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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.