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Did you know that water kefir goes through changes with the seasons?

If you look outside your window right now you will be able to notice how the different seasons affect all living organisms. Water kefir is no exception.

During the summer water kefir ferments rapidly with the warmer temperatures. These are the months where you have to be cautious with your second ferments as they can become extremely volatile. Be sure to burp your second ferment every 12 hours in the summer instead of 24 hours. If your house is air conditioned, ensure you find a warm spot for fermenting.

In the fall and spring, water kefir brewing can be inconsistent as the temperature outside is fluctuating significantly from day to night. It is in these seasons that you have hot days followed by cold nights. This sudden change in temperatures can be difficult to do fermentation. Keep your ferments consistently warm by placing the jar against a salt lamp or in the oven with the light on.

In the winter, kefir growth slows right down as the temperature outside drops. Even though your grains may not be growing very much they are still effective in fermenting as long as you keep a consistent temperature between 70 and 75 degrees.

In short, water kefir fermentation is very sensitive to the changing temperatures outside. No matter what season it is, it is important to maintain a consistent temperature in order to get the best results.

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Leeza Zurwick

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.


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