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Recipe: How to make Kvas / Квас Featured

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Monday, 28 March 2016 05:42
Recipe of kvas / репт квасу Recipe of kvas / репт квасу

Recipes for this vary slightly in how sweet they are.  Start with this slightly tarter recipe, and increase the amount of sugar if desired.  Serve cold with meals.

1 pound slightly stale black or dark rye bread
3 quarts boiling water - from the kettle

5 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons lukewarm water
1 large sprig of mint
Sultanas or raisins

Preheat the oven to 225º F.  Place the bread in the oven for about 1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until it is very dry. Do not let it burn.

Crumble the bread into a bowl, and pour the boiling water over it.  Cover with a tea towel, and leave for at least 8 hours.

Line a fine sieve with cheesecloth and strain the bread liquid through it into a large bowl, pressing the bread with a spoon to extract as much liquid as possible. Discard the bread.

Sprinkle the yeast and a large pinch of sugar over the lukewarm water, and stir to dissolve completely.  Set aside in a warm spot for about 10 minutes, or until the mixture is foamy and almost double in volume.  Stir the yeast mixture, the rest of the sugar, and the mint sprig into the bread water.  Cover with a tea towel and set aside for another 8 to 12 hours.

Strain the liquid again through a cheesecloth-lined sieve placed over a large bowl.  

Sterilize 3 (1 quart bottles) - glass juice bottles will do well.  Pour the liquid into each bottle until it is about 2/3 full, then drop in 4 to 5 raisins or sultanas.  Cover the tops with plastic wrap secured with a rubber band.

Place the bottles in a cool, dark place for about 3 days, until the raisin/sultanas have risen to the top and the sediment sunk to the bottom. Carefully pour off the clear liquid into a bowl, leaving the sediment behind.

Thoroughly clean the bottles, remove the raisins/sultanas from the kvas, and funnel it back into the bottles (there will be slightly less than before). Cork the bottles or cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use. The kvas will keep for several weeks if kept well-covered in the fridge. Makes about 3 quarts.

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