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    Kvas or Kvass (Fermented Rye Beverage)

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    289 hrs

    288 hrs

    1 hr

    threeovens's Note:

    Kvass is an ancient beverage consumed in Russia and throughout the Slovic regions. It is low alcohol, similar to beer, and is much loved. It is also used when making a traditional Borscht. This recipe takes several days to complete.

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    Serves: 10



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Preheat oven to 200 degrees F and spread bread cubes on a baking sheet; bake until the bread is fairly dried out, about 1 hour.
    2. 2
      In a large pot, bring 3 quarts of water to a boil, remove from heat, and stir in bread; cover with a clean towel and let rest in a cool, dark place for 8 to 10 hours.
    3. 3
      Pour the liquid through a fine meshed sieve, or strainer, and gently press bread to get the liquid (don't press too hard or your finished product will be cloudy).
    4. 4
      Mix the yeast with the warm water and a pinch of sugar; set aside and let proof 10 minutes.
    5. 5
      Stir into the strained liquid along with 1 cup sugar, stirring until sugar is dissolved; cover and let stand another 8 to 10 hours.
    6. 6
      Strain again and pour into a 1 gallon container; add raisins, cover tightly with plastic wrap and a rubber band.
    7. 7
      Let stand in a cool, dark place 4 to 5 days until the yeast sediment has settled to the bottom, leaving a clear liquid.
    8. 8
      Carefully pour the clear liquid into a clean container or individual bottles, trying not to disturb the yeast sediment.
    9. 9
      Chill well.
    10. 10
      VARIATIONS: add 2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves with the yeast and sugar. Or substitute 2 to 3 cups of berry juice for some of the water to give it a fruity flavor. It can also be served with the yeast sediment. This gives it a richer flavor and more vitamins.

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    Nutritional Facts for Kvas or Kvass (Fermented Rye Beverage)

    Serving Size: 1 (359 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 10

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 202.0
    Calories from Fat 13
    Total Fat 1.5 g
    Saturated Fat 0.2 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 309.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 43.7 g
    Dietary Fiber 2.8 g
    Sugars 22.8 g
    Protein 4.1 g

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