Second Fermenting: Water Kefir Lemonade and Cherry Limeade Recipes

Water Kefir goodness

Learn how to make amazing Probiotic Lemonade & Cherry Limeade with your water kefir.

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You can do these recipes as the first ferment or the second ferment.

Make sure to check out my blog post: Water Kefir – Direction – FAQ – Living probiotic culture – Drink so you will understand the basics of water kefir, the best practices & what to not do.

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Items you need:

  • Plastic strainer
  • Small plastic spoon
  • Plastic wrap
  • Rubber-band
  • Clear glass jars for storage & making kefir
  • Lids for jars
  • Pure water
  • Fresh fruit
  • Sugar.

Recipes are for 1/2 gallon but you can cut amounts in half for a quart or double for a gallon.

Make sure the cover is secure on the jar, If gnats/bugs get in they may lay eggs in the water kefir causing larvae to hatch,This will ruin the Kefir.

The crystals will take on the color of the water they are in.


Recipes for first & second ferment.

Lemonade (first ferment):

  • 1 1/2 gallon glass jar
  • 1/2 cup water kefir crystals

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    Water Kefir

  • Almost 1/2 gallon pure water
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (no pulp).
  • several lemon slices (cut after washing peel).
  1. Heat water slightly/simmer in a pan~Do not heat or boil the water kefir crystals!
  2. Add sugar stir until dissolved.
  3. Cool sugar water until cool to touch & pour into the jar, only fill jars 3/4 or so full.
  4. Add the kefir crystals.
  5. Add the lemon juice & the lemon slices
  6. Screw the lid to the jar. if it is metal cover opening with plastic wrap or a natural coffee filter before screwing lid on.
  7. Put in a dark cupboard or other spot out of direct sunlight.leave at room temp for 12 to 24 hours, stir 1 or 2 times each day (room temp=68 to 86 degrees). In warmer months it may be done in 12 hours or less.
  8. Remove lemon slices & strain out kefir crystals from liquid.
  9. If more fermentation is desired seal the lid back on the jar, let sit another 12 to 24 hours without the kefir in it. Stirring once or twice a day.
  10. Store the kefir water in fridge when done, drink as desired.

Cherry Limeade (first ferment):

  • 1 1/2 gallon glass jar
  • 1/2 cup water kefir crystalsIMG_0637
  • Almost 1/2 gallon pure water
  • 1/2 to 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (no pulp).
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice (no pulp)
  • Several lemon & lime slices (cut after washing peel).
  • 5 to 10 fresh cherries washed & cut in half (pitted)
  1. Heat water slightly/simmer in a pan~Do not heat or boil the water kefir crystals!
  2. Add sugar stir until dissolved.
  3. Cool sugar water until cool to touch & pour into the jar, only fill jars 3/4 or so full.
  4. Add the kefir crystals.
  5. Add the lemon & lime juice, cherries & the lemon slices
  6. Screw the lid to the jar. if it is metal cover opening with plastic wrap or a natural coffee filter before screwing lid on.
  7. Put in a dark cupboard or other spot out of direct sunlight.leave at room temp for 12 to 24 hours, stir 1 or 2 times each day (room temp=68 to 86 degrees). In warmer months it may be done in 12 hours or less.
  8. Remove lemon & lime slices, cherries & strain out kefir crystals from liquid.
  9. If more fermentation is desired seal the lid back on the jar, let sit another 12 to 24 hours without the kefir in it. Stirring once or twice a day.
  10. Store the kefir water in fridge when done, drink as desired.

Recipes for second ferment only (recommended).

Start with the Basic sugar water:

  • 1/2 gallon glass jar

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    Water kefir crystals

  • `1/2 cup water Kefir crystals
  • Almost 1/2 gallon pure water
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  1. Heat water slightly/simmer in a pan~Do not heat or boil the water kefir crystals!
  2. Add sugar stir until dissolved.
  3. Cool sugar water until cool to touch & pour into the jar, only fill jars 3/4 or so full.
  4. Add the kefir crystals.
  5. Screw the lid to the jar.if it is metal cover opening with plastic wrap or a natural coffee filter before screwing lid on.
  6. Put in a dark cupboard or other spot out of direct sunlight.leave at room temp for 12, 24 to 48 hours ,stir 1 or 2 times each day (room temp=68 to 86 degrees). In warmer months it may be done in 12 hours, cooler months may take the 48 hours.
  7. When done strain out kefir crystals from liquid.
  8. Now you are ready to do the second ferment.

Lemonade second ferment:

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Water kefir

  • 1 1/2 gallon glass jar
  • the almost half gallon of kefir sugar water you just made
  • a couple tbsp of sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, if desired add the pulp.
  • several lemon slices (cut after washing peel).
  1. Screw the lid to the jar. if it is metal cover opening with plastic wrap or a natural coffee filter before screwing lid on.
  2. Put in a dark cupboard or other spot out of direct sunlight.leave at room temp for 12 to 24 hours (even 48 hours if desired), stir 1 or 2 times each day (room temp=68 to 86 degrees). In warmer months it may be done faster
  3. Remove lemon slices from liquid (or leave them in if desired).
  4. Store the lemonade kefir water in fridge when done, drink as desired.

Cherry Limeade second ferment:

  • 1 1/2 gallon glass jar
  • the almost half gallon of kefir sugar water you just made

    IMG_0655

    Water kefir

  • a couple tbsp of sugar (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice, if desired add the pulp.
  • 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lime juice if desired add the pulp.
  • Several lemon & lime slices (cut after washing peel).
  • 5 to 10 fresh cherries washed & cut in half (pitted)
  1. Screw the lid to the jar. if it is metal cover opening with plastic wrap or a natural coffee filter before screwing lid on.
  2. Put in a dark cupboard or other spot out of direct sunlight.leave at room temp for 12 to 24 hours (even 48 hours if desired), stir 1 or 2 times each day (room temp=68 to 86 degrees). In warmer months it may be done faster
  3. Remove cherries, lemon & lime slices from liquid (or leave them in if desired).
  4. Store the cherry limeade kefir water in fridge when done, drink as desired.

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