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Is anyone making and drinking beet kvass? Have you noticed any benefits?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 20, 2013 at 10:02 PM

I just made this and it was easy and tasted pretty bearable (I am not the biggest beet fan)...like a sour minerally fizzy drink. I know the WAPF people are very into it, but I am wondering if anyone here makes and drinks it regularly and if they have noticed any benefits from doing so. I also make and drink water kefir, but I sense that the kvass has a lot more nutrients in it.

Ef32d6cc543a74319464e2100e5a9ffd

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

That is cool....a fermentation festival! Which kvass did you like the most and do you add anything to the beets to tweak the flavor? I have actually been mixing mine half and half with my lemon ginger water kefir.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on May 16, 2013
at 09:21 PM

This year in Santa Rosa, California: http://www.farmtofermentation.com/ Last year it was at a farm in Petaluma. Finley center is nice, but it will be a very different type of atmosphere.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

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on May 16, 2013
at 07:54 PM

Dude! A fermentation festival!?!? Where!??

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

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on April 18, 2013
at 01:54 PM

do you know ifits still good to drink? its STILL untouched in my fridge, most of the fermented stuff i buy says consume within 5 days of opening but ive got sauerkraut thats way older & it just keeps getting better, hopefully same for the untouched kvass

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on April 04, 2013
at 03:14 PM

Reduce the salt by half, otherwise their recipe is too salty.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on March 21, 2013
at 05:58 PM

I just like plain beets. I made the mistake of buying a bottle of Zukay kvass for comparison and it has stevia in it. YUCK!

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

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on March 21, 2013
at 12:13 PM

lol me too. Made it a couple of months ago and haven't yet tried it. Smelled pretty 'tonic-like' and strong if I recall!

Ef32d6cc543a74319464e2100e5a9ffd

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on February 20, 2013
at 11:20 PM

Nourished Kitchen has a recipe as does Nourishing Traditions. Let me know what you think....it takes two days to ferment.

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on February 20, 2013
at 10:47 PM

Never tried it, but now I'm gonna. Thanks for the suggestion!

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3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

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on February 21, 2013
at 03:01 AM

I love the earthy flavor of beet kvass, but no, I can't point to any specific health benefits other than the fact that it is a probiotic drink. I probably don't drink enough of it to see big changes.

I make my own and it's just marginally sour, not too tart. Perhaps you let yours go too long? In the summer, a batch ferments in as little as 24 hours, but it slowed down to about 5 days in our chilly kitchen this winter.

I was lucky to attend a fermentation festival last summer and I tasted all the commercial beet kvasses until I found one I liked, and I've used that as a guide for how I want my homemade stuff to taste.

Ef32d6cc543a74319464e2100e5a9ffd

(1205)

on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

That is cool....a fermentation festival! Which kvass did you like the most and do you add anything to the beets to tweak the flavor? I have actually been mixing mine half and half with my lemon ginger water kefir.

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on March 21, 2013
at 05:58 PM

I just like plain beets. I made the mistake of buying a bottle of Zukay kvass for comparison and it has stevia in it. YUCK!

3491e51730101b18724dc57c86601173

(8395)

on May 16, 2013
at 09:21 PM

This year in Santa Rosa, California: http://www.farmtofermentation.com/ Last year it was at a farm in Petaluma. Finley center is nice, but it will be a very different type of atmosphere.

194d8e8140425057fe06202e1e5822a7

(3979)

on May 16, 2013
at 07:54 PM

Dude! A fermentation festival!?!? Where!??

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70614b040af4fdf3433d26b69d0bab89

on September 08, 2013
at 09:19 PM

I just started drinking beet kvass, but I fermented it with the whey for 7 days (at around 65-73 degrees) so it mellows out more nicely and has ALOT more beneficial bacteria. 2 days is ridiculously short to get a real probiotic benefit. I am also making a wild fermentation batch (no whey) with ginger slices that will go for 3-4 weeks - this is closer to the real thing than the NT version. I will then add the juice of one organic orange with the zest (which I think should be excellent). The most immediate benefit I have noticed is a wonderful statement of mind - the gut-brain connection really kicking in. I had noticed this already with homemade sauerkraut (wild ferment for 4 weeks), where I immediately experience an uplifting of mood, but the kvass almost seems more intense than the kraut. In other words, its prozac food. I can't attest to the other stuff yet (blood cleanser, liver tonic, etc) but I am hopeful it will be a superior source of electrolytes and minerals (iron) as well. There are only so many fermented foods I am willing to make (kombucha, sauerkraut, garlic) and some that I simply cannot replicate (kevita, Redwood Hill Farms goat milk kefir) at home, or they require attention every other day and I can't be bothered. The beet kvass is definitely now on my priority list - easy to make with a huge bang for the buck. But I would expand your idea of what making authentic beet kvass is. This is the recipe I am now trying and am very excited about: http://www.picklemetoo.com/2012/08/18/orange-ginger-beet-kvass-revised/ except I use a fermentation gallon jar with a gas lock: no explosions necessary!

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I just started drinking beet kvass, but I fermented it with the whey for 7 days (at around 65-73 degrees) so it mellows out more nicely and has ALOT more beneficial bacteria. 2 days is ridiculously short to get a real probiotic benefit. I am also making a wild fermentation batch (no whey) with ginger slices that will go for 3-4 weeks - this is closer to the real thing than the NT version. I will then add the juice of one organic orange with the zest (which I think should be excellent). The most immediate benefit I have noticed is a wonderful statement of mind - the gut-brain connection really kicking in. I had noticed this already with homemade sauerkraut (wild ferment for 4 weeks), where I immediately experience an uplifting of mood, but the kvass almost seems more intense than the kraut. In other words, its prozac food. I can't attest to the other stuff yet (blood cleanser, liver tonic, etc) but I am hopeful it will be a superior source of electrolytes and minerals (iron) as well. There are only so many fermented foods I am willing to make (kombucha, sauerkraut, garlic) and some that I simply cannot replicate (kevita, Redwood Hill Farms goat milk kefir) at home, or they require attention every other day and I can't be bothered. The beet kvass is definitely now on my priority list - easy to make with a huge bang for the buck. But I would expand your idea of what making authentic beet kvass is. This is the recipe I am now trying and am very excited about: http://www.picklemetoo.com/2012/08/18/orange-ginger-beet-kvass-revised/ except I use a fermentation gallon jar with a gas lock: no explosions necessary!

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De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

on March 21, 2013
at 12:08 PM

Ive got a bottle of this sat in my fridge for a month now, haven't even tried it yet, thanks for reminding me

Eed7dabde3d61910685845e04605267f

(2934)

on March 21, 2013
at 12:13 PM

lol me too. Made it a couple of months ago and haven't yet tried it. Smelled pretty 'tonic-like' and strong if I recall!

De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

(777)

on April 18, 2013
at 01:54 PM

do you know ifits still good to drink? its STILL untouched in my fridge, most of the fermented stuff i buy says consume within 5 days of opening but ive got sauerkraut thats way older & it just keeps getting better, hopefully same for the untouched kvass

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on March 07, 2013
at 06:20 AM

I now make it on a regular basis and I believe the probiotics in it (or I assume it's the probiotics) have definitely helped me with regularity of bowel movement. I've changed a number of other things in my diet and also make sauerkraut, so it's hard to attribute specific changes to beet kvass, but I've definitely seen improvements in my health since I started consuming cultured foods.

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