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sadears

Starter Pics

This is what it looked like.  The second picture is the top view.

 

Whoo!!!  What a chore.  Jim, I didn't need to download what you recommended.  Turns out Comcast, my internet cable provider, allows me to upload files. ;-D  How convenient.   Steph

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sadears

Really love some comments about these pics.  This is the starter I used on my last attempt.

 

Steph

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Jeffrey

Looks like you did it, you've captured the wild yeast and made it your own.  Now you can make sourdough bread with your very own brand of starter.  Which is always much more fun, and rewarding.

 

jeffrey

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SourdoLady

Steph, your starter looks great. There's absolutely nothing wrong with it!

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sadears

Thanks SourdoLady and Jeffrey.  That's what I used for my disasters yesterday.  Using same thing today.  It's rising now.  Think I didn't let it rise enough and kneaded too much.  A learning experience.  But I'm glad my starter was premature when I used it.

 

Steph

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SourdoLady

I hope your bread turns out better for you tonight. I think it was a combination of overproofing when you left it in the oven overnight and then underproofing after the loaves were shaped. Once the dough has overproofed it sometimes doesn't recover enough to rise well a second time. Have you already shaped your loaves or are you on the first proof?

 

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sadears

Does air weigh anything?  I only ask because when I put the dough in a bowl, I weighed it.  When I took it out just now it weighed the same.   Tomorrow when I try my wheat starter, I'm going to use my mixer.  I don't think I use enough flour.  Interesting considering my altitude.  These loaves seemed okay, but after it rose the first time, it seemed wetter than it started. 

Steph

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demegrad

The short answer, No, air doesn't weigh anything.  I'm a little confused by your next statement though, you say you weighed the dough in the bowl, therefore including the weight of the bowl,  and then without the bowl and it was the same?  That shouldn't be so, and it means your scale isn't working properly.  But like I said, I don't think I'm understanding your statement clearly.  Lastly, the dough should feel wetter after a rest than when it started, it's normal don't worry, keep it up!

demegrad

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sadears

I thought not. ;-D  No.  The dough was in the bowl both times.