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Back in business: 6 day sourdough primer

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Skibum

Back in business: 6 day sourdough primer

Well my last SD challah bake I made the bonehead move of using up all of my precious sweet levain and had to start another levain again using Debra Winks, pineapple juice solution detailed well here:

http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/10901/pineapple-juice-solution-part-2

This is my second successful SD build using this method and here is the Cole's notes version. It pays to keep notes:

Day 1: 2 Tbs dark rye flour + 2 Tbs pineapple juice. Stir a couple of times a day. 

Repeat above for days 2 - 4

By the end of day 4 you should have a nice bubbly seed.

Day 5 mix 1 part seed, one part water with NO CHLORINE,  and one part flour. I kept my notes from last time and used 20% dark rye and 80% strong bread flour, as was the case here. The photo was day 6.

Today I fed two starters from my new baby one dark rye 1:1:1 and one white same %'s with again 20% rye to kick start things. Easy peasy, but when doing this process I  am pretty careful about cleanliness and the water having zero chlorine -- Britta filtered water, which is boiled then cooled in a glass Pyrex container in the sunlight. Taking a page from Ken Forkish's book, the water is added to the seed at 80F.

Tomorrow morning I will do the first build of the ITJB NY Jewish deli rye and will use onions and onion water this go around in build two. I am salivating just thinkig about it!

Happy baking folks!

Brian

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mrfrost

Looks pinkish on my monitor screen?

Guess it's the light.

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Skibum

. . . on my screen as well. It should actually look like the brown bran of dark rye. Digital cameras and computers have their limitations and I have no explanation on why this happened. You are right, must be the light.

Regards, Brian

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mrfrost

Ok. Just wanted to be sure there's no red in the starter, as that's not good.