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Help..Sourdough not rising!

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Sourdough needs a lift!

January 25, 2013 - 7:10am -- Justali

I started my first sourdough levain last Saturday. I have been following a recipe for a stiff dough levain starter and have beeen following every day as described.

I accidentally put 20 extra grams of water in it but added a few extra grams of flour to combat this. 

The starter is now smelling and tasting quite sour but there are only a few bubbles. The starter has not yet kicked into action and has not yet doubled in size (5 days from start).
Could this be because the room temp is not high enough? 


Recipe is from Local Breads, Daniel Leader.

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Sourdough not rising.. SOS!!!!

June 8, 2010 - 10:56am -- Mebake

Though i made plenty of sourdough breads, i am having a hard time getting whole wheat levain from hamelman's bread to rise.


My starter was in full vigor when i made the levain, and levain rose nicely. its only when i mixed the levain into a final dough and retarded it immidietly in a 45 F refrig.. for 7 hours, that the dough is refusing to rise, even after 7.5 hrs out of fridge and in a warm place.


WHAT COULD BE WRONG? AND WHAT SHALL I DO WITH THE DOUGH, ITS GETTING LATE NOW, AND I EVENTUALLY HAVE TO GO TO SLEEP..

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