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You'll want to use a supply of non-filtered water that still contains minerals to help your grains function and proper;y metabolize the sugars you feed them. Making water kefir is not an exact science and it's best to experiment to see what works best for you and your grains. water kefir functions best with a combination of white sugar and dried fruits, or a combination of white sugar and less-refined (whole cane, brown, molasses. Three parts refined sugar to one part unrefined suagr is a good ratio to start with. When using dried fruits, such as apricots and raisins, make sure they are unsulphured. A small handful per quart is all you need.

Never use tap water because it contains chemicals such as chlorine and fluoride which will harm your grains over time. Most water filters will not effectively remove fluoride or other ipurities. It's best to avoid contact with metals as prolonged exposure will harm them. Use glass, plastic or wooden utensils when handling the grains.

Basic water kefir formula:
∙1 pint mineral rich water
∙ 4 Tablespoons sugar (3 refined, 1 unrefined)
∙ 4 Tablespoons water kefir grains

Combine the water and sugar and stir until completely dissolved. Pour the sugar solution into a quart sized jar or container. Gently place the grains into the sugar solution. Add any fruit now. Cover with a non-airtight lid and allow to brew between 65º - 82ºF for 24 to 72 hours. Place the container out of the way of direct sunlight. If using distilled water minerals will need to be added; a small pinch of Himalayan or Celtic sea salt will help. A small pinch of (1/8 tsp) of baking soda will help promote growth. To get your final water kefir carbonated, bottle in a airtight container and condition for 2-5 days at room temperature.

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