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Apple Cider Kefir ~ a probiotic rich recipe

This kefir is made from cider, or any other juice, and starter. This perfect combo of fizz ‘n sour tastes a bit like champagne! It’s effervescent and contains diverse, potent strains of probiotics, which are digestive aids to keep your gut in good shape.

If you want an easy, affordable way to get your daily probiotics this is for you. Especially if you’re healing a digestive issue (i.e. bloating, constipation), yeast overgrowth (i.e. Candida), or GBS+ during pregnancy. More benefits here.

No matter what you’ve got going on, a glass of juice kefir in the morning is a great way to kick start the day…And keep those internal bad bugs away!

Juice Kefir Recipe


2 cups fresh apple cider, preferably unpasteurized (or other type of sweet juice)

1 packet of Body Ecology kefir starter*

1 pint-sized Mason jar with a well-fitted sealing lid


  1. Sterilize jar and lid by immersing in boiling water OR spray down with food-grade hydrogen peroxide.

  2. Warm the juice in small pot on stove until it reaches 92 degrees (skin temperature).

  3. Pour the warm juice into the jar.

  4. Mix the entire foil packet of kefir starter into the juice and twist a clean lid on.

  5. Ferment at 72-75 degrees F for 18 to 24 hrs. until slightly fizzy and pressure has built up under the lid (here’s our incubator kit to keep jars at a consistent temperature).

  6. Store in fridge, where it’ll keep 2-4 days depending on how sweet the juice (see below for instructions to store longer).

  7. Enjoy up to 1/2 cup upon rising in the morning.

  8. Feed kefir every couple days with fresh juice and/or a scoop of EcoBloom. This will give the probiotics living in the kefir some natural sugar to feed on to stay alive and thrive.

Starting a New Batch (Transfer Instructions)

It’s best to use some of the above kefir as your “starter batch”.  This procedure is similar to keeping a good sourdough starter going by feeding it occasionally. And though juice kefir can’t be kept indefinitely, you can extend its shelf life for weeks. 

  • apple-cider-kefir-bedBefore you finish drinking the above initial #1 batch you’ll want to make batch. This is called a “transfer” and is best done within 3 days of making the 1st batch. 
  • Do this by taking some of #1 initial batch and combining it with more warm juice and the transfer amounts listed below of each previous batch.
  • Follow the above directions, except that it’ll take less than 12 hours to kefir these subsequent batches.
  • You can repeat this transfer 5-7 x before you need to make a fresh batch with a new starter packet.

Transfer Amounts

If you want…

  • 1 pint of juice kefir then add 3 Tbs. of starter batch and top off with juice
    1 quart of juice kefir then add 1/4 cup of ‘starter batch’ and top off with juice.
    1/2 gallon of juice kefir then add 2/3 cup of ‘starter batch’ and ”  “.

And on you go…I find that juice kefir has a hard time catching if I go past 5-7 transfers. You’ll learn as you go by how it smells and tastes. My experience is that the better I take care of those first initial batches (#1 and #2) then the more vitality I can squeeze out of them. 

*Body Ecology’s kefir starter contains strong strains of probiotics. Most probiotics on the market today can be destroyed by antibiotics, fluoride, stomach acid, chlorinated water, etc. before they reach the gut, the probitoics in this starter often do not. They remain intact, so that they can make home in our intestines and keep us balanced and healthy ? Also, the lactobacillus bacteria and strains of beneficial yeast found in this starter are sturdy enough to make transfers possible. They give you more bang for your buck.

Recipe for Milk Kefir

Recipe for Unsalted, Cultured Vegetables

Recipe for Young Green Coconut Kefir


Gates, D. (2010). The Body Ecology Diet.  Bogart, GA: B.E.D. Publications

Disclaimer: Content on this site in the form of opinions, ideas, recipes, and lifestyle/dietary advice are provided for general information only; primarily educational in nature; and should not be treated as a substitute for your doctor’s medical advice or another health professional that you, the reader, may require for any cause whatsoever, now or in future. 

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