Rejuvelac

by Susan on January 19, 2012

 

Rejuvelac is a fermented beverage that is inexpensive, easy to make, refreshing to drink and FULL of wonderful nutrients for your body. A healthy probiotic, it also has vitamins B, K and E, proteins, and enzymes. It is beneficial to your digestive system, promoting a healthy intestinal environment. It is also a great starter for raw nut cheese!

How to make Rejuvelac:

1. Start with one cup soft wheat berries (pictured). You can also use rye, quinoa, buckwheat, or other grains. Wheat, rye and quinoa seem to make the best rejuvelac.

2. Soak the grain for 24 hours. Drain off water and rinse two to three times a day until little sprout tails appear.

3. Place sprouted grain in large jar. Add 4 cups water and let sit on the counter for 2-3 days.

4. You will notice that the water will get cloudy and little bubbles will start forming.

5. Taste…it should taste clean and fresh with a hint of lemon. Strain the rejuvelac off of the wheat berries and store in covered glass container in the refrigerator. It will keep for at least a week, just make sure it still smells and tastes fresh. You can reuse the wheat berries to make a second batch. It will only take a day.

 

 

 

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Susan May 20, 2014 at 11:49 am

Wheat berries are just the wheat grain. So, yes, that should work.

C. Langridge May 31, 2014 at 10:45 pm

Hello: I am trying to make rejuvelac with quinoa and not succeeding! I put the (organic, sprouted) quinoa in water; it sprouts very quickly but then seems to bypass the fermentation stage; it begins to smell quite rank, definitely “off”. Never have I succeeded in achieving the “fresh, lemony” taste. What am I doing wrong? Best wishes, C. Langridge

Robert June 1, 2014 at 9:56 am

Great photos but I’m confused by Step 2. By soak, do you mean immerse the grain in water for 24 hours then immerse again changing the water 2×3 times a day or after soaking should I only keep the grain moist to sprout?

Susan June 1, 2014 at 11:19 am

Yes. You need to presoak the grain before you start the sprouting process. Cheers!

Susan June 1, 2014 at 11:20 am

Are you buying organic quinoa that has already been sprouted and dried? You should start with just organic quinoa. Cheers!

Kristy June 9, 2014 at 7:50 am

I tried making this and the quinoa wouldn’t sprout. I’m confused by this because when we soak our grains, I’ve sometimes not gotten around to cooking when I thought I would and it’s sprouted on me, without changing out the water. Changing out the water seems to have kept it from sprouting. Any ideas why? Thanks!

Denise kander June 20, 2014 at 6:42 am

The quinoa doesn’t need 25 hrs soak time- 8-12 hrs is plenty since it is a smaller grain. It will not turn out good if u soak for too long

Andrea June 20, 2014 at 9:54 am

I have had NO luck making rejuvelac and that put a stop to my cheese-making attempts. The recipe I used was more complicated and insisted on pure filtered water in the process. Do you find using tap water works fine, even chlorinated? Thanks!

Susan June 20, 2014 at 11:29 am

You can use probiotics instead of rejuvelac. And I would use filtered water but that probably isn’t the problem. Cheers!

Robin June 28, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Hi
Love your site by the way.

When you reuse the sprouted wheat berries, just add another 4 cups and let it sit for 24 hours? Thanks

Susan July 1, 2014 at 10:59 pm

Hi, Robin, Honestly, I don’t reuse the wheat berries. Cheers!

Bonnie July 17, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Just made my first batch of Rejuvelac using Quinoa at the advice of another site. After 48 hours there is not much bubbling and taste is that of a weak bean taste. Is it done? Should I let is ferment longer? Is the taste different because of the quinoa?

Lucy July 22, 2014 at 2:04 am

I tried making the Rejuvelac a couple times now but each time it has smelled like puke and I ended up tossing it instead of tasting it. I soaked it overnight, then started rinsing it for a couple days until it started to sprout, then I filled the jar with water and let it sit. It got the little bubbles and the liquid looked cloudy. Is it supposed to smell like puke?

Thanks for the article.

Angela MacLean July 23, 2014 at 5:35 pm

I’ve just started making this with quinoa yesterday at 11am, I took it out of the water after 11hrs, rinsed it 3 times and by the third time it already had sprouted. I’ve put it in a jar full of water and hope that by the end of tomorrow I’ll have some tasty rejuvelac. Thanks to Denise and Susan for guiding me through this.

Margot July 24, 2014 at 6:55 am

To prepare rejuvelac, you must use a glass container without a tight lid or no lid.

The airflow to the jar is needed. Anything besides a glass container
Has caused unsuccessful rejuvelac for me.

Michelle July 24, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Hello, thank you for this helpful guide. However, I haven’t had luck getting either hard winter wheat berries or soft wheat berries to sprout. A few months ago I was able to sprout hard winter wheat berries no problem, but I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I end up rinsing them and the water is always fizzy and bubbly (and smells somewhat like I think it is supposed to) but no tails or sprouts. :( I live in Florida and I don’t know if the humidity has to do with it either, or where I am placing the jar. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Sadie July 25, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Good idea for a site. But video would be a better alternative. I had the same thoughts as Robert, but you didn’t answer his questions. He ask do you wash them two to three times a day changing the water? Second question was or do you keep them moist? Step 2 is an incomplete recipe direction. I do enjoy your website. But it would have to be very specific.

Susan July 28, 2014 at 1:04 pm

Hi, Sadie,

Step two is done exactly how it is written. You drain the grain and then rinse 2-3 times a day. No more soaking at that point, just rinsing. We plan on having videos coming soon. Cheers!

Susan July 28, 2014 at 1:05 pm

Hi, Michelle, I am not exactly sure. You might try buying the grains from another source. Also, it might just take a few more days for you? Cheers!

Susan July 28, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Hi, Margot, You are correct! I will add that in. Sometimes I don’t realize that people are not familiar with sprouting. Cheers!

Susan July 28, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Hi, Lucy, no it isn’t supposed to smell like puke. Cheers!

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