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  • Glass jar
  • Plastic strainer
  • Wooden or Plastic spoon
  • Glass bottles with flip-top lids
  • Funnel


  • 1/2 Cup of kefir grains
  • 4 Tb brown organic sugar or Piloncillo (Panela)*
  • 1-1.5 liters of non-chlorinated water


  1. Place kefir grains in glass jar
  2. Add water
  3. Add sugar
  4. Brew for 24- 73 hours in room temperature with a close lid that is not air tight
  5. Strain the water and the kefir grains
  6. Place the grains back in the glass jar
  7. Rebottle kefired water in glass bottles with flip-top lids
  8. Or do a secondary fermentation where you store the kefired water in the fridge and wait for 1 or 2 days for a deliciously carbonated drink.
  9. During this secondary fermentation, you might want to explore adding fruit pulp, herbs, or tea. Get creative!
  10. Serve chilled and ENJOY!
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  • Don’t use honey because it has antibacterial properties, aka anti kefir properties, which will delay or kill the grains.
  • Don’t touch the grains with metal, as they are very sensitive and make sure that all the utensils are spotlessly clean.
  • Don’t clean brewing utensils with soap; instead use a home-made cleanser or white vinegar.
  • *Piloncillo or Panela is the best sugar to used because its unrefined brown sugar, the real deal. However, it might be hard to find it because it’s a traditional sweetener from South America. Your best bet is to try a Hispanic or Mexican grocery store. There is one on mission and 16th right next to the B of A ATM that has it for 3.99 per block.