Tibicos ( widely known all over the world as water kefir grains) is rather similar to milk kefir grains. Like milk kefir grains, tibicos consists of a microflora of friendly bacteria and yeast clumped and held together by the bacteria strain Lactobacillus brevis.
The beverage fermented by tibicos is popularly known as water kefir. This beverage’s other names are wasser kefir and kefir d’agua. Water kefir is believed to have originated from Mexico , where tibicos is also known as tibi. In Mexico, tibicos is used to ferment a beverage called Tepache (made of pineapple, brown sugar, and cinnamon).
Tibicos Is A Non Dairy Kefir
Water kefir is a non dairy version of kefir. It is made by fermenting tibicos in a sugary water solution. The sugar in the water provide food for the microflora of the bacteria and yeast. The bacteria basically breaks down the sugar and convert it to food for the yeast. In doing so, byproducts beneficial to us are produced such as enzymes, lactic acid and vitamin B complex.
For those who are unable to tolerate any dairy or prefers to go on a dairy free diet, water kefir is an excellent alternative. It is vegan probiotics that contains much more than just friendly bacteria.
The finished product tastes much like a carbonated drink. It is an absolutely healthy alternative to commercially produced soft drinks which creates a lot of health problems for many regular drinkers.
The common microflora found in tibicos are strains of bacteria from the lactobacilli, streptococci and yeast saccharomyces species, totaling more than 20 different strains.
Nobody can be sure of the origin of water kefir grains. This may well be the original culture used to prepare ginger beer. There are some who refer it as the ginger beer plant. Indeed, using tibicos, one can make a refreshingly delicious beverage tasting much like ginger beer.
Water kefir can also be made using milk kefir grains. However, the milk grains will not reproduce as this is not their original habitat. It is best to source for water kefir grains if you are interested in making fizzy probiotic beverages.