Bread Kvass or Gira (Fermented Bread Drink)

This fermented drink was popular during Middle Ages in Europe. Now a days, it’s still popular in Eastern Europe like Lithuania, Russia and Poland.

This kvass is created by the natural fermentation of bread (wheat, rye or barley).

You might compare it to a sweet, non-alcoholic beer. From what I’ve found, kvass only has up to 1% alcohol content. The longer it sits in the fridge, the more slightly “alcoholic” it gets, but it’s still considered non-alcoholic. Also, it might start tasting strong. I don’t know, it never lasts!

To make this fizzy sweet drink you will need

450g of toasted Dark whole bread. I prefer rye bread. But you can use wheat or barley.

4,5l of water

100g more or less Sugar (it can even be optional)

20ml of dry active Yeast

250ml of dry raisins

Bring water to a boil. Then add bread and let soak over night (around 8 hours). Strain and discard bread. Then add sugar and yeast. Mix well and pour into a glass container with a cloth on top. Let sit at room temperature for about 48h. When ready, close tightly and refrigerate. This kvass lasts at least a week in the fridge. Shake a little before serving.

Hope you enjoy it! If you try this recipe, please tell me about it. Share your experience!

In health,


Water (Fruit) Kefir

Taking care of your gut health? This carbonated drink is an other great addition to your list of gut healing food and drink.

Water kefir is a probiotic drink made with kefir grains.

These grains consist of bacteria and yeast existing in a symbiotic relationship. The term “kefir grains” describes the look of the culture only. It contains no actual “grains” such as wheat, rye, etc.

With proper care, water kefir grains can be used indefinitely to make water kefir. It contains no dairy and are grown in filtered water and organic sugar.

Water kefir grains are reusable. Once a batch of water kefir is finished culturing, simply remove the water kefir grains and place them in fresh sugar water. If cared for properly, water kefir grains have an unlimited life span and can be used repeatedly to make water kefir.

To prepare this sweet fizzy probiotic drink you will need

Sugar water (15ml sugar for 250ml water dissolved)

Kefir grains

1/2 lemon with skin if organic or remove it if not

1 dried fig

Jar and a cloth or a coffee filter

Put all ingredients in a jar and cover with either a cloth or a coffee filter secured by a rubber band. Let it culture in a dark warm space for 24-48 hours. When culturing process is complete, strain the grains. Put the carbonated water in a jar in the refrigerator. Put the grains back in a sugar water solution either to start a new batch or put in the fridge waiting next time.