Preparation of Rejuvelac is simple, but it does take some time, so it must
be made in advance. You will need a clean, wide-mouth jar, measuring
one-half or one gallon; a piece of nylon mesh or cheesecloth; a supply of
soft wheatberries (spring wheat); and a strong rubberband.
Fill the jar one-fourth full
of wheatberries. Cover the mouth of the jar with nylon mesh or
cheesecloth, and secure the mesh with a strong rubber band. Add enough
spring or filtered water to fill the jar. Allow the wheatberries to soak
for eight to ten hours, then drain them , rinse, and drain again. Place
the jar at an angle so the berries continuously drain. Make sure that the
wheatberries do not completely cover the mouth of the jar, because they
will need ventilation. The wheatberries will start to sprout. Rinse them
about two or three times a day during the sprouting stage. After two days,
rinse the sprouted wheatberries thoroughly for the last time. Drain off
the rinsing water, fill the jar to the top with spring or filtered water,
and allow the sprouts to soak for forty-eight hours. At the end of this
time, this soaking liquid is your first batch of Rejuvelac. Pour this off
into another jar for immediate use or keep it in the refrigerator to slow
down the fermentation process.
Refill the jar with the same
amount of spring or filtered water to make your second batch of Rejuvelac.
but this time soak the sprouts for only twenty-four hours. Pour off this
second batch and refill the jar with the same amount of spring or filtered
water to make the final batch of Rejuvelac. Again, soak the sprouts for
only twenty-four hours. After you have made three batches, feed the spent
wheatberries to the birds.
Good Rejuvelac is a cloudy,
slightly yellow liquid with a tart, lemonade flavor. When it is fermented
too long, it can become very sour. Since it is constantly fermenting, it
is natural that tiny bubbles rise through the liquid occasionally. The
very best Rejuvelac is in fact slightly carbonated. It is also natural for
a layer of white foam to form on the top of the Rejuvelac. This is not
harmful and can be used. Rejuvelac can be kept in the refrigerator for a
few days to a week, as long as the taste is still agreeable with you.
Drink Rejuvelac before or between meals to avoid diluting the digestive
juices after a meal.
- from Ann Wigmore's "The Blending Book"