Angelina's Easy Bread Kvas Recipe

Prep Time: 14 hours
Total Time: 14 hours
Bread Kvas is uber popular in Russia and Ukraine. You might compare it to a sweet, non-alcoholic beer. Enjoy it cold on a hot summer day.
Author: Natasha of
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $4
Servings: 20 -24


  • 2.5 gallons or 10 qt of water
  • 1 lb or 9 slices of classic black dark or rye bread
  • 1 handful of raisins
  • 1.8 lb 4 cups of sugar
  • 1.5 tablespoons of active dry yeast
  • 3 large plastic soda bottles


DAY 1: (best if prepared in the evening)

  1. Fill giant stock pot with 2.5 gallons of water (or divide it into two large pots) and bring to a boil.
  2. While waiting, toast the bread slices twice on the darkest toaster setting. Darker bread makes darker kvass. Toast bread either outside or in your garage or your house will get smokey.
  3. When water starts to boil, remove the pot from heat. Add a handful of raisins and toasted bread to the pot, cover with the lid and let it stay overnight or at least 8 hours.

DAY 2:

  1. Carefully remove toasted bread and discard it.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together 4 cups of sugar and 1.5 Tbsp of yeast, add them to kvas mixture and stir.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap or lid and leave the mixture on the counter for another 6 hours, stirring every couple hours.
  4. Discard floating raisins by scooping them up with a large spoon. Using strainer or cheese cloth, pour kvass into bottles, loosely cover with lid and refrigerate overnight. The following day once the bottles are completely chilled, you can tighten the lid.

DAY 3: enjoy

Recipe Notes

P.S. According to my readers, it's best to store kvas in plastic soda bottles since they are designed to hold pressurized drinks.