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Capturing the wild yeasts.

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Oatmeal and Rye Sourdough

August 4, 2015 - 7:28am -- wetodit

Hello all,

This past weekend I ended up making an oatmeal and rye sourdough that turned out to be nice and light.

I thought I'd share it with you!

Here's a link to my blog post:

I'm keeping a blog to chronicle my baking adventures in the hopes of improving on all my little mistakes.

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Waste not, want not! but what to do now?

August 4, 2015 - 12:17am -- leslieruf

On 30th April I made Forkish Field Blen #1 and #2.  I ended up with heaps of surplus starter :( but couldn't beat to threw it out so I froze it.  I have about 650 gm.  I would like to use this now before it gets too old.  Do I just defrost it, feed it a bit and just make bread

Edit: gremlins struck again!  whenever I try to correct, it just freezes up!  

was just going to add, it is 80% hydration.  


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In searh of sourness

July 31, 2015 - 12:29pm -- fusan

Hi all

Like many others on this forum, my wheat starter lost most of its sourness after a few months.

So Ive searched this forum for solution and found a lot of great threads about it. What I found out

was that I was feeding the starter too agressively at roomtemperature, which favor Yeast.

I started to make my sourdough with coarse (whole grain?) wheat, but that didnt help much.

So I tried the Detmold method that uses different temperature and hydration at each feeding to favor each bacteria.

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pregnancy brain and my starter

July 30, 2015 - 9:09pm -- viajeralaura

Thanks to some great help from this forum in March, I developed my own sourdough starter and have managed it, and baked weekly for the past four months. I got into a good groove and was playing around with different flours both in baking and to manage the starter, improving my bread techniques, etc. I really enjoy bread baking and this was all making me very happen.

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Simple sourdough starter? Just flour + yogurt (Italian cooking show): Thoughts?

July 30, 2015 - 5:36am -- cheekygeek

Thought I would pass this along for discussion. I have not tried it, as I have a mostly whole grain wheat starter going at the moment.

This is an Italian language cooking show but with english language voice-over: YellowSaffron Sourdough starter recipe. The recipe is also in the video description (expand on YouTube).  Have not tried it yet... wondering what sourdough afficianados think of the idea?

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Why did my sourdough breads not get much oven spring?

July 27, 2015 - 2:45am -- fusan

HI all


I just finished two breads. As you can see in the picture, they didnt get much pop when placed in the oven.

What I have read, when I searched this site, is that one of the many reasons is that the dough is overproofed.

Here are some of the (minor?) changes I made, compared to my normal routine...


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