I used to be majorly addicted to Diet Coke. So much so that I would drink about 2-3 a day. But after making the changes to my diet and improving my health, I have lost all interest in the stuff. Besides its just bad news to our guts and overall health. I still have the cravings for it on occasion. So, I’m pretty thrilled that I learned how to make homemade soda.
And it’s a lot easier than you would think.
Homemade Soda aka Water Kefir
I didn’t learn about water kefir until a few months ago. And I became hooked immediately, but unfortunately, I couldn’t find any local sources for it. I would stock up on it anytime I could make the journey to the big city. Because of the probiotics, it needs to remain refrigerated. So I couldn’t even have it shipped to our rural farm.
Haven’t heard of water kefir? Water kefir is a probiotic drink made with water kefir grains. But don’t be fooled by that term, they don’t actually contain any grains such as wheat or any of that.
It is slightly sweet, acidic, and carbonated making it a great and healthy alternative to sodas or sugary drinks.
And it’s filled with gut beneficial bacterias and yeast.
How to Make Homemade Soda the Natural Way
You can make water kefir from either powdered form or using live cultures. I prefer the live culture method because there are more beneficial bacteria strains. Plus, once you use your water kefir grains, they can be used over and over.
I have ordered mine through this site with great results.
When making your water kefir, always use an organic sugar, but avoid using raw honey.
Homemade Water Kefir Ingredients
- 2 tablespoons water kefir grains
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 4 cups of filtered or distilled water
- Add ins, such as natural dried fruit, lime or lemon slice, ginger root. This is to be used after the initial fermentation. And you can play around with desired flavors.
Homemade Water Kefir Instructions
Add filtered water and sugar to a large mason jar and mix until sugar is dissolved. Once the sugar is dissolved, add the kefir grains.
Cover with a plastic lid and allow to ferment for 24-48 hours. Keep it out of direct sunlight.
Strain the grains and save for future use.
It will be slightly sweet and have a mild carbonation and can be drank as is. But adding in the next steps will give it flavor and more carbonation.
Homemade Soda Instructions
Follow the above steps for creating your water kefir and once you’ve separated the water kefir grains, add your water kefir to bottles. These are my favorite.
If flavoring your water kefir, place the fruit directly into the bottle (a little goes a long way!)
I find using this type of funnel is easiest to pour the water kefir into the bottles and strain my grains out by using a small sieve over top.
Set aside for 1-3 days and then move to the fridge as soon as you’ve reached your desired flavor.
Note: you may need to “burp” the bottles periodically to prevent too much pressure building up from the carbonation.
Once you get the hang of making your own soda, naturally, you can play around with all sorts of fun flavor combinations.