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About my 2 sourdough starters...

Posted by debn 8b NW Florida (My Page) on
Fri, Apr 18, 08 at 8:20

The one I made using yeast smells like...alcohol!!! I know the "hooch" that forms on top is actually alcohol. I just stir it back in or pour a little off if there is a lot.

The one I started using flour, water and a little pineapple juice smells like....a nice soured buttermilk! It smells good! Is this what a starter is supposed to smell like after only a day or two fermenting? I do hope that I am making it right.

But....I am very pleased so far with the one using no commercial yeast!

Thanks motivated me into another dimension of sourdough starters...LOL


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  • Posted by debn 8b NW Florida (My Page) on
    Sat, Apr 19, 08 at 22:00

....and I have yeast!!! Bubbles galore!

Deb :o))

RE: About my 2 sourdough starters...

It's pretty cool isn't it? The flavors and aromas are totally different. First time I did it I was all excited and then the dough didn't rise for like 2 days. Eventually I figured out that I had to re-start it a few times before it really got going.

The thing is, you never know what you're going to end up with. Sometimes they stink a little, other times they don't. the only thing is I have never yet gotten one that worked as quickly as a commercial yeast, although I have now saved one that's pretty close.

Let us know what you end up with!

RE: About my 2 sourdough starters...

  • Posted by debn 8b NW Florida (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 22, 08 at 22:04

I baked a loaf of bread today!!! It took all day to rise but that was okay. The bread baking smelled almost like a cheese bread. But when I made David some sandwiches with it, it didn't taste like cheese bread. It was a beautiful loaf, if I do say so myself!!! The starter smells sort of sour, like a strong buttermilk smell. So far, I like the taste of it.

Tell me how to dry some for a back up starter if something awful happens to it..LOL


RE: About my 2 sourdough starters...

Spread some on plastic or parchment paper or something. It will dry up and then you can store it. It's kind of the way that they save commercial yeast in the packages - remember that almost all of the yeast cells in the package are dead.

I don't remember the exact difference between the rapid rise that came out about 50 years ago and the newer instant rise - if I'm not mistaken one of the main differences is that the newer one has more live yeast cells. As some cells die they entomb a live cell, so you have these little balls of dead cells surrounding a live one and consequently you have a greater proportion of viable cells when you start.

The labeling isn't consistent, which is a pain. The vendor can call it whatever he wants But the earlier yeast, whatever it's called, is dried at higher temperatures. That kills more of the exterior yeast cells. The newer one, instant or rapid or whatever, is dried at lower temperatures so more cells survive. So you can do the same. However, at some point that yeast will no longer be viable either - all yeast has an expiration date eventually.

Anyhow, good luck with that phase!

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