Water Kefir

What should I do with my water kefir grains if I need a fermentation break?

What should I do with my water kefir grains if I need a fermentation break? - main picture

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.

water kefir with wooden spoonour delicious organic water kefir waits here for you*

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.

  1. Rinse your water kefir grains under lukewarm water.What is kahm yeast? – 6 strategies against kahm yeast in your water kefir - rinse water kefir crystals
  2. Dissolve 50g sugar into 200ml of water and fill the mixture inside a resealable glass
  3. Add water kefir crystals and close the glass until the first resistance
  4. Now, you can store your water kefir grains up to 3 weeks inside the fridge
  5. 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.

  1. Rinse your water kefir crystals with lukewarm water.What is kahm yeast? – 6 strategies against kahm yeast in your water kefir - rinse water kefir crystals
  2. Put backing paper on a backing tray and spread the kefir grains on the paper
  3. Now, place it on a safe area on room temperature and let it dry 3-5 days
  4. Fill the dried water kefir grains into a zip lock bag or lokable glass bottle and store inside the fridge up to 6 months
  5. 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.

I would love to see some comments about this article and how you liked mine.

I am looking forward to see you again for my next article or recipes.

Petra

Watch this video and many more regarding Kefir and Kombucha on my Youtube channel…

* This is an Affiliate-Link – Affiliate-Links are sponsored Links

Ingredient parlor

Simply click here for all the tasty stuff

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Traute Brunken
    Tuesday May 7th, 2019 at 03:04 PM

    Hallo!
    Ich hab zu viele Kristalle für ein kefir Rezept was mache ich mit den übrigen?
    Trocknen und verschenken????
    Vielen dank im vorraus für ihren Tip.

  • Leave a Reply