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sourdough starter is gray on top

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skadera

sourdough starter is gray on top

Hi,

 I started a sourdough starter a few weeks ago. I have made a couple of loaves from it and they have turned out pretty good. I pulled out the starter today and the top was covered with a medium gray color. The starter underneath still looks good and it doesn't smell bad but I wasn't sure if I should just start over or try to use it. Any ideas?

Thanks,

SK

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sourdough-guy

 Hi SK,

Since your starter isn't very well established yet it won't be as good at fending off invaders like moulds yet. It's nothing to worry about. Just scrape off the discoloured parts and refresh the starter a few times before you use it. When I say refresh I mean throw away all but a spoonful and feed it a few spoonfuls of flour and water then let it double and repeat until it looks and smells normal.  

Sourdough-guy

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skadera

great, I'll give it a try.

 Thanks,

 sk

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redivyfarm

I agree that your starter is probably fine. My white flour/ potato water starter is about 10 months old and makes a gray-brown tinged liquid (hooch) on the surface several days after refreshing. I generally stir it back into the starter. I sometimes get a dry crust on top of the starter after it has risen to its highest level when refreshing. I pick this up and discard it to avoid lumps.