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This is what soda is supposed to be like; fizzy, sweet, refreshing, nourishing, and all-natural. On my last post, I told you about the wonders of water kefir, and now you know this fermented drink is a good ally for our gut health. You can see the quick tutorial on how to brew it at home here.   This is what happens after the first fermentation is done and you leave it fermenting a second time.

The second fermentation is what allows this drink to become fizzy like a soda. This is a natural carbonation process as opposed to an artificial one like in soft drinks by adding chemicals to produce the carbonation. This is good ol’ basic chemistry at its best.

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Homemade Apple-Pomegranate Soda Recipe

I particularly love this drink because it is more palatable than kombucha or beet kwass, for example, for those getting started with fermented drinks. Even my two years old enjoys this drink as an occasional treat–not because I don’t want him drinking more, but because he refuses to drink anything but milk and water, yet this is the only other beverage he drinks.

I dilute it with water and serve it in his big boy cup and I feel good knowing this drink is incredibly beneficial for his health.

What you’ll need

homemade soda recipe

  • 3 cups of freshly brewed water kefir
  • 1 cup of organic apple-pomegranate juice (Get at Amazon.com)
  • 1/4 organic raw sugar
  • 1 33 oz swing top glass bottle
  • Small funnel

Method

  1. After you completed steps 1-9 from the previous post and you have all the water kefir in the swing top bottle,
  2. Add the sugar, place top and seal shut. Give it a vigorous shake to dissolve all the sugar.
  3. Add juice and allow for it to ferment another 24 to 48 hours.
  4. Don’t forget to let the bottle “burp” a couple of times a day, by lightly opening the bottle to let some of the gas escape
  5. Many will tell you that after the desired fermenting time is up you can transfer the bottle to the fridge, but in my experience, this decreases its fizziness.
  6. I start to drink it after the first 12 hours and by the time the full 48 hours are up, the bottle is empty allowing me to start the next one right away.   Enjoy!!!

water kefir

 

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