Coconut Water Kefir

Coconut water kefir is an immune boosting fermented beverage that helps to build good gut health and is full of electrolytes. Drink daily with each meal for better digestion.

How To Make Coconut Water Kefir

Coconut water kefir was one of the first fermented beverage I made at home. I decided to give a try after reading The Body Ecology Diet by Donna Gates. According to Dana Gates, “a half cup of the Coconut Water Kefir with meals greatly helps digestion.” Coconut water kefir has many benefits including better digestion and immune boosting properties.  

I’ve been drinking coconut water for years for it’s health benefits and because I love the taste! Once I discovered coconut water could be fermented into a healthy probiotic beverage I had to try it!

Coconut water kefir is the only fermented food my husband will drink on a regular basis. It’s actually become quite an expensive treat since I’ve been lazy lately and started purchasing the bottles of Kevita from the health food store instead of making it.

Coconut Water Kefir

I enjoy making fermented foods and drinks so I decided to get back on the kefir making train! I’m now making coconut water kefir again and I’m learning to make different flavors as well!

How To Make Coconut Water Kefir

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup kefir grains or water kefir starter
  • 6 cups young coconut water, fresh is best but store-bought coconut water like this works too
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of juice (we like lemon, lime, cherry and tangerine)

 

Instructions:

  1. Pour the water kefir grains and the coconut water in a jar.
  2. Cover jar with cheesecloth and a rubber band.
  3. Let the mixture stand for up to 48 hours at room temperature. If your fermenting the kefir in a warm room the process may be quicker than 48 hours.
  4. Strain the coconut water kefir and reserve the grains for another batch of kefir.
  5. Now it’s time for a second fermentation! This step makes your coconut water kefir fizzy!

Second Fermentation Directions:

  1. Mix coconut kefir and juice together and pour into a tight-sealing bottle.
  2. Allow the coconut kefir to ferment for up to 48 hours or until it’s fizzy.
  3. Store your bottles of coconut water kefir in the refrigerator.

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Coconut Water Kefir
 
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Ingredients
  • ¼ cup kefir grains or water kefir starter
  • 6 cups young coconut water, fresh is best but store-bought coconut water works too
  • ½ to 1 cup of juice (we like lemon, lime, cherry and tangerine)
Instructions
  1. Pour the water kefir grains and the coconut water in a jar.
  2. Cover jar with cheesecloth and a rubber band.
  3. Let the mixture stand for up to 48 hours at room temperature. If your fermenting the kefir in a warm room the process may be quicker than 48 hours.
  4. Strain the coconut water kefir and reserve the grains for another batch of kefir.
  5. Now it's time for a second fermentation! This step makes your coconut water kefir fizzy!
Second Fermentation Directions:
  1. Mix coconut kefir and juice together and pour into a tight-sealing bottle.
  2. Allow the coconut kefir to ferment for up to 48 hours or until it's fizzy.
  3. Store your bottles of coconut water kefir in the refrigerator.

 

 

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About the author: Tiffany is a real food mama who lives in Oregon. She is a stay at home mom of three coconut babies. She is passionate about traditional and healing foods. As a true believer in the health benefits of coconut, she uses coconut products in almost all her cooking. Subscribe to The Coconut Mama’s Newsletter for more articles like this one.
30 comments… add one
  • rebecca February 8, 2017, 8:22 pm

    Hi Donna, your website was sent to me by my sister who is living in michigan. So thankful she gave me this website. I am based in the Philippines. I would like to ask if you can blend pure apple juice with coconut water kefir and what other pure juices can be blended to the coconut kefir.

    Thank you.
    Rebecca

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  • Dianna February 6, 2017, 4:22 pm

    When you say juice… do you mean the fresh juice of an orange/lime/lemon or do you mean the sweetened stuff?

    Also would adding dried non-candied fruit (ie ginger) be ok?

    Thanks! Love the website!

    Reply
  • miki January 24, 2017, 3:15 am

    hi there i have attempted twice at 2nd fermentation of coconut water kefir both times epic fail followed instructions not fizzy at all any advice appreciated! 🙂

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  • Flo December 9, 2016, 7:44 am

    What temperature do you consider “room temperature”? We keep a fairly cool house in the winter. 58 degrees at night. Thanks!

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  • Peter Mengos August 24, 2016, 12:59 pm

    Thanks

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  • Nola June 30, 2016, 1:22 pm

    Would it be ok to add the coconut water to the 2nd ferment? I am brand new to making water kefir and am worried that I may kill my grains. I just finished activating my water kefir grains. Thank you.

    Reply
  • John Marris May 21, 2016, 1:09 am

    I immediately tried a refreshing drink and substituted water to coconut water and enjoyed it. My daughter does not like the plain coconut water, but he liked the chocolate flavored coconut water as it is, so make it more fun I make a smoothie, which he enjoyed drinking.

    Reply
  • mary cat April 26, 2016, 3:40 pm

    Can I use my milk Kefir grains or coconut water kefir?

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  • Adda December 29, 2015, 6:35 pm

    My house is really cold!!
    Should I try using my euro yogurt maker??

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  • Adda December 29, 2015, 6:33 pm

    What if my house is really cold ??
    Should I use my euro yogurt maker??

    Reply
  • Kath December 10, 2015, 5:20 am

    I made my coconut water kefir with probiotic capsule, I must hAve used too much (3 capsules) because it smells like vomit/ vinegar and frothy! I fermented it for 3 days! It is also extremely warm in my kitchen counter. Is it spoiled? Please help!

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  • Riwyli July 3, 2015, 8:32 pm

    What if you don’t have cheesecloth to cover the jar? Anything else I can cover the jar with?

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    • The Coconut Mama July 6, 2015, 10:00 am

      A coffee filter can be used if you don’t have a cheesecloth.

      Reply
  • Webb Christel April 16, 2015, 3:32 am

    Hi Tiffany

    I have just, today for the first time, put my water kefir grains into coconut water. Do you use coconut water all the time or do you give your grains a rest ever so often in sugared water to bump them up? I am totally unexperienced with coconut water, I always used coconut water in the second fermentation, but my grains don’t behave as usual and I think it might be because of over acidity.

    Your advice in this is really appreciated
    Thank you
    Christel Webb

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    • The Coconut Mama April 16, 2015, 8:11 pm

      When I was using Kefir grains I would switch between the coconut water and water kefir. Now I use the body ecology starter, which can be used with just coconut water.

      Reply
  • Margaret March 22, 2015, 2:02 pm

    Can you use an opened probiotic capsule to ferment the coconut water? I am sensitive to a lot of probiotics and fermented foods but have a favorite probiotic that agrees with me. Just wondered if that would work

    Reply
  • Johanna Thorn January 8, 2015, 3:32 pm

    I am assuming by the picture that you are using “live” water kefir grains. Could you please confirm though whether you are using dehydrated water kefir grains or “live” water kefir grains for the first step. Thank you!

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    • The Coconut Mama January 12, 2015, 11:26 pm

      Hi Johanna, I’ve used both live kefir grains and powdered kefir starter to make coconut kefir. Both have turned out well. In this particular batch I was using live grains.

      Reply
  • Susan Goodman October 9, 2014, 7:22 am

    Where do you purchase the bottles for making coconut water kefir? What are the bottles called? Thanks.

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  • Christie September 21, 2014, 7:45 pm

    Are the grains used for milk kefir and coconut water kefir the same type?

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  • Abbie September 20, 2014, 12:13 pm

    I thought first ferment needed sugar to feed grains. I know some coconut water brands do put sugar in their coconut water but is it enough? And what if you’re using a brand with no added sugar?

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  • Kim July 25, 2014, 12:13 pm

    The grains survive on just coconut water and no sugar?

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  • rita July 18, 2014, 11:28 am

    Is coconut water the same as coconut milk?

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  • Leeanne July 18, 2014, 4:18 am

    On the second ferment do you leave on counter to fizz or put in fridge, or do you wait till the fizz happens and then store in fridge

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    • Kim August 1, 2016, 9:20 pm

      I was wondering the same thing. Second ferment on the counter and in the fridge later or in the fridge for second ferment and store in the fridge???

      Reply
  • Judith Curran July 17, 2014, 5:18 pm

    What are coconut grains? Where can I buy them in the Philippines, where I live.

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  • Larry Webb July 17, 2014, 2:02 pm

    Do you have a receipt for milk Kefir?

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    • Webb Christel April 16, 2015, 3:21 am

      Hello Larry

      I just read your question. It’s a bit late but do you still need the recipe for milk kefir? It’s really simple. I add 2 litres of 3.5% fat, shop boughtmilk to 120 g of milk kefir grains. I leave it on the kitchen bench for 24 hours (in summer not so long) then I put it in the fridge until I need it. Then I strain the fermented kefir and repeat the process.

      Kind regards
      Christel Webb

      Reply
  • Lois July 17, 2014, 11:41 am

    I should be getting my grains soon. I love Kefir. Thanks for the recipe…. I do have a question. When you do the second fermentation, do you tightly cap the bottles and leave on the counter for 48 hours or so to get the fizz.

    Reply

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