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verve's picture

lovely bubble formation but not a great rise

September 10, 2012 - 3:25am -- verve

Hi everyone,


I had some amazing success with a few bakes and the last 2 have gone down in quality for some reason :( my previous successfull recipes had:

350 strong white flour

60 rye flour

100 spelt flour

300g water

14g salt


I had a great rise and a lot of bubbles but the one I made yesterday consisted of:


450 strong white

60g rye flour

300g water

rlmoon's picture

Okay to Transfer Starter

January 28, 2011 - 9:17am -- rlmoon

After a couple false starts on my first attempt at a sourdough starter, I have me first starter and it's ALIVE!! Maybe too much  :-O

On day 6 (today), I was coming downstairs and could smell that nice yeasty smell and to my surprise when I walked into the kitchen I found that the starter had come ALIVE and was spilling out of the top of the jar (when it has always been about 1/4 to 1/3 of the jar). It's growing like crazy now and I just had to stir it down again.

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Question on Degassing/S&F

October 15, 2010 - 3:58pm -- Paul Paul Paul ...

I'm a little confused on whether or not I'm supposed to try to keep the degas my dough. I've also sometimes got the impression that i'm supposed to take out just "some" bubbles. Anyways, I'm really confused. When I stretch & fold, I usually do it really gently and fold in all four sides, without trying to pop bubbles.

Anyways, if someone could explain when to degas, and how much to degas , that would be really helpful.


-Paul (Paul Paul etc. etc.)

Caustic One's picture

How do you know the bubbles aren't from stirring?

September 17, 2010 - 11:06am -- Caustic One

I'm on day six of my starter and there are bubbles, but the starter doesn't rise and it does not look anything like the other starters I've seen on TFL.  How do you know the bubbles aren't just from your aeration of the starter?  It's been 70's to 80s where I live, I usually put the starter in the garage at night because it's warmer there. 

I used the pineapple juice and the whole wheat flour and followed Sourdo Lady's directions.  I've been feeding it twice a day for the past two days.  Am I just being impatient?

shazron's picture

after much research, trial and error I have ventured into "The Fresh Loaf" a question i have long quired has been answered - why throw 1/2 of my starter away? Im sold on this site! let the bubbles begin as I venture through the talent and skill of you all. Thanks!

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