A beer glass filled with kvass, with rye bread and dried ryegrass in the background
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Traditional Kvass Recipe

Didn't know a beverage made out of stale bread could taste so good!
Prep Time14 hrs
Total Time14 hrs
Course: Beverage
Cuisine: Russian
Keyword: kvass, bread kvass
Appliance: Stove
Author: Ishani Bose


  • 9-10 slices of classic black or stale rye bread
  • A handful of raisins
  • 4 cups of sugar
  • 2.5 gallons of water
  • 1.5 tbsp of active dry yeast


  • Bring a stockpot with 2.5 gallons of water to a boil.
  • Toast 9-10 pieces of traditional black rye bread.
  • Add the toast to the boiling water, then remove from heat.
  • Add a handful of raisins, cover the pot and let it stand for 8 to 10 hours.
  • The next day, remove the toasted bread from the pot.
  • Mix 4 cups of sugar with 1.5 teaspoons of yeast. Add this to the pot and cover with a lid.
  • After six hours, remove the raisins and strain the mixture into bottles.
  • Loosely seal the lid and place it in the refrigerator overnight.


It would be ideal to store kvass in plastic soda bottles as they are structured to hold pressurized drinks.