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Sourdough starter smells like paint thinner

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idogis1

Sourdough starter smells like paint thinner

Well, it's day 6 of my first sourdough starter and this morning it smelled a bit like paint thinner. Actually is smelled like what they put in denatured alcohol to keep stupid kids and alcoholics from getting waisted on it; rather strongly in fact.


Should it do that?

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Davo

Try feeding it a bit more - either more often or more new food in proportion to what you have ehwn you feed. How much are you feeding in relation to what is there? Also what temp is it kept at?

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Mini Oven

:o

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suave

Typically, paint thinner is neither :)

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suave

It happens occasionally to new starters.  You need to keep feeding it, usually the smell goes away within 3-4 days.

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bread10

hi,


 


My dry Sourdough starter (which I bought) also smells very strongly of nail polish remover. It was going along fine but when I fed it, it began smelling very strongly!


I made my first batch of bread using (120g) almost half the 300g  starter then fed the starter with 120g Rye Flour and 40mls water (3 parts flour 1 part water - very dry!) and left it in the fridge. A week later I fed it again with 75g flour and 25ml Water. Now it smells and has been for the past few days.


What should I be doing to get it back to good health (and smell!) ?


 


Thanks Heaps!

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Mini Oven

You have to do a daily routine and stay out of the fridge for a few days.  Reduce the starter to 10g and increase the water to 40g and 40g rye flour.  Refresh after 12 hours using only 10g starter.  Discard the rest and change to a clean container with each refreshing.  In a few days it will be back to normal.  When it is back to normal smelling, then slowly decrease the water amounts (not all in one feeding) and then wait a few hours at warm room temperature before refrigerating.  That gives the beasties a chance to build and protect themselves while you store them.


Mini

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bread10

I left the starter out after feeding and now it dosen't smell bad anymore but it has white powder on the outside which could be some sort of mould???

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Mini Oven

mould if you are feeding it every 12 hours and cleaning the glass inbetween as well.  What is your routine?  The more detail the better so we can understand what is happening.


Mini

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CeraMom

You might try taking some pictures for us!