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philyphil's picture
philyphil

Some greenish looking starter

Hello! I'm new to bread baking and I've started my first starter about two days ago. This morning I checked on my starter and it has a greenish little puddles on top of it. Is this ok? I've read that this is just alcohol and as long as it smells tangy and is not pink it's ok.

Thanks!

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cmtigger

My starter (and the one my mom had when I was a child) sometimes gets darker puddles of "hooch" on the top.  But I don't think I would call them greenish.

If it goes pink or gets gray mold on it, it's time to throw it out, I'd worry about green mold-  especially in a starter that young.  Somebody else can probably give you more input.

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philyphil

With a closer look I think I was the way the light was reflecting off of the "hooch" and my lack of experience giving my started a "greenish" color. It smells tangy and I did my first feeding about an hour ago. I think it's all good. 

Sorry for the dumb question and thanks for your response! 

Thanks again!

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DoubleMerlin

I've only ever had a starter go bad when I let it dry out. The hooch on top, to me at least, is a sign your starter is a bit over-hydrated. I prefer to keep my starter around 125% hydration. I never see hooch when it's there. I think hooch develops because the flour cannot hold any more liquid, and as we all know, yeasties make alcohol (a liquid!) as well as CO2.

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cmtigger

I'm just curious, are you colorblind, I can imagine my brother thinking the hooch had a greenish tint because of his colorblindness.  (for a long time he thought peanut butter was a shade of green)

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philyphil

hahaha... no not at all. Think I was being a little paranoid. This is my first starter and I didn't know what to expect and I think I just freaked out a little. I thought I messed something up. I did a feeding last night and this morning it looked great. No more imaginary "greenish" looking pools of "hooch". haha...