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    Sourdough starter

    DOC Jan
    Fri May 27, 2005 10:23 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    I am at the end of the first 24 hrs. on this batch of sourdough starter and it smells like ALCOHOL. Is this normal? I used one packet rapid rise yeast, 2 c. potato water, one t. sugar and 2 cups whole wheat bread flour. Just fed it with one c. white flour, one c. potato water and 1 t. sugar. Will this make?
    Fri May 27, 2005 11:07 pm Groupie
    Ask your question in the bread forum, they are great with all this, From what I know: real sourdough starts with flour and water only NO yeast!
    Donna M.
    Fri May 27, 2005 11:51 pm
    Forum Host
    Hi Jan,
    Welcome to the world of sourdough. You are in for some yummy bread--once you get a proper starter going. Come on over to the Breads and Baking Forum to learn a LOT about sourdough. I would suggest that you chuck the mixture that you have started because with commercial yeast it will never be 'true sourdough'. Also, instant yeast has a very short life so it wouldn't be long before the mixture would die.

    If you want to make a real wild yeast starter, this is an excellent recipe: Wild Yeast Sourdough Starter

    If you would prefer to have a starter that is already up and running, I would be happy to send you some of one of mine for a SASE. Just let me know if you are interested and I will send you a Zaar email with my address.
    DOC Jan
    Sat May 28, 2005 9:32 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Donna - thanks for your input. You just saved me from a Memorial day weekend cooking disaster! Yes, I wanted a true wild yeast starter so I will try the one you suggested. How long does it take? I'm going out of town in 10 days and did not wish to leave this project to dear husband.
    I'm new to the forum and am just learning my way around so I will visit the Bread & Baking forum. Thanks for the starter offer. Let's see how far I get!
    DOC Jan
    Sat May 28, 2005 10:16 am
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    OK Donna. I read your posts at the Bread forum and yes, I definately want some of your starter. I was having a difficult time picturing how you would send a blob of starter in an envelope! icon_lol.gif Can I receive a Zaar email if I'm not a member?
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