Dear water kefir fans,
I guess everyone who ferments water kefir already asked themselves: How could I store my water kefir if I go on holidays? Or what should I do if I need a kefir break? We’ll show you 2 ways of how you can easily store your water kefir 3 weeks up to 6 months.
Your water kefir is very active and needs a new batch every 3 days. This is not possible in everyones lifestyle. Letting your water kefir stay in its old batch for several days is not the best solution. So the question is: What can I do if I need a longer kefir break? Let’s start
How could I store my water kefir if I need a longer break?
Possibility No 1: Sugar water
This is the easiest way to store you water kefir up to 3 weeks. This is the procedure your water kefir grains need the lowest time of recovery from. It only takes a few days until your kefir activity is back to normal.
- Rinse your water kefir grains under lukewarm water.
- Dissolve 50g sugar into 200ml of water and fill the mixture inside a resealable glass
- Add water kefir crystals and close the glass until the first resistance
- Now, you can store your water kefir grains up to 3 weeks inside the fridge
- After the storage time you can start your kefir batch as normal
But what should you do if you need a longer break?
Possibility No 2: Dry the grains
With this possibility you are able to store your water kefir up to 6 months. This procedure needs 1 week to prepare before you can stop your water kefir fermentation process.
- Rinse your water kefir crystals with lukewarm water.
- Put backing paper on a backing tray and spread the kefir grains on the paper
- Now, place it on a safe area on room temperature and let it dry 3-5 days
- Fill the dried water kefir grains into a zip lock bag or lokable glass bottle and store inside the fridge up to 6 months
- Now you can start your water kefir batch as usual. Be prepared, that your water kefir grains need 1-2 weeks and some more batches until they are back to normal.
Now, you are perfectly prepared for a water kefir break and you don’t have to worry about your kefir grains anymore if you leave them alone for a longer time.
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