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heymaryn

I have been storing my starter in a crock that I bought when I bought my starter. It is very nice, but I don't like the fact that the top just sits precariously on top. I have seen pictures on sites for starter where the starter is stored in wire-bail jars. That would allow for a completely air free starter. Anyone have any experience with the wire-bail jars, or should I stick to the crock???

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sourdoughlee

I apologize if I'm asking this question in the wrong place but I don't see anywhere else to ask it.

I'm having great, really wonderful success baking my sourdough bread. As it turns out, I bake about every four or five days so feeding my starter hasn't been a problem.

One of these days though I'm sure I'll let time slip by before baking and I need to know how to feed my starter. I've read through numerous posts and have been unable to find out the following: When you feed your starter, what the heck do you do with it then? Should you leave it out to ferment for a couple of hours before refrigerating it or just plunk it into the fridge right away. I've read a lot of web pages by a lot of experts and I have been unable to find out this little detail.

Thanks in advance for your enlightening responses.

Sourdoughlee

A little humor: What is an "expert"? An expert is a person who learns more and more about less and less until pretty soon he knows everything there is to know about nothing.

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Joe Fisher

Here's my try at rye and pumpernickel bagels. I adapted the sourdough rye and sourdough pumpernickel recipes in Bread Alone to make bagels. I used high-gluten flour instead of the AP/bread flour in the 20% bran mix. I also made the dough stiffer than for normal bread.

The rye ones worked out great. They passed the 'float test' within 20 minutes of proofing. The pumpernickels are much denser, and haven't floated yet after almost an hour. Once they do, it's off to the frige for an overnight ferment.

Tomorrow, I bake! I'll post the pictures then.

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-Joe

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First successful Sourdough loaves!

February 26, 2006 - 7:00pm -- Joe Fisher

I'm so excited! :) I've tried sourdough twice before, and twice I couldn't keep the starter alive. This rye starter has been alive for 2 weeks (his name is Clyde), and is still vigorous.

I didn't have time to rise these guys as long as they really needed, but got a great oven spring out of them. I look forward to cutting them open tomorrow!

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Sourdough Starter Confusion

February 24, 2006 - 8:09pm -- Paddyscake
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I haven't had much luck with my sourdough..so ?s
I hate to be a pain..but I am confused..I understand starting & feeding my sourdough starter..
but once established..when I take it out from the fridge, am I supposed to dump all
but a small amount and feed or should I be feeding double the amount of what I already have?
I know I ask alot of questions..sorry..but thanks for all you help : )

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Paddyscake

Thought someone out there would enjoy the soap opera of a sourdough newbie..LOL!
I have been studying the techniques of many mentors here..I had my notes on the long
proof of my starter,autolysing, folding & shaping, slack doughs, retarded rise..too many
facts for my feeble brain I fear!! I took my starter out Friday, poured out but 1/4 cup
and fed with 1/2 c flour & 1/2 cup H2O..a little later bubbling and very happy..into the
oven with the light on overnight..Saturday morning (12 hours later)slowing down..so I feed
& back into the oven. Sunday morning..I think I waited too long..still bubbling..but there
is hooch too. I mix my starter, yeast,milk,lemon juice & flour..cover and let sit 30 min.
Un oh..really stiff so I add a bit of H2O..way too sticky..then flour..still a mess.
I cover and decide to let it sit for 45 min..while I make Sunday breakfast..french toast,
fresh strawberries & bacon. My husband decides to assist and dumps the dough out on the
bread board ..OK..I tell him wait..not ready yet and cover it up. We eat..I go back
to my doughy mess..hmm not too bad..dough has relaxed ..so I fold..put it to rest ..I'm in
the shower and now remember I haven't put in the salt, sugar and olive oil!!..another 45 min
has gone by and it has risen..Hmm..I know I am committing bread suicide..I pour my dough into my food processor..add the salt, sugar and olive oil and do the wicked deed..and pray.
I let it rest again..fold and back into the bowl. A hour later..it has risen nicely..so
I divide and fold and into the fridge ... and so the sourdough rises.. I hope
until tomorrow...
I do have a dilemma..usually I get out of work at 2:30 PM..but tomorrow 5:30..
if my house is pretty cool ..in the 60's ..can I take my bread out of the fridge to rise
@ 6AM ish? so I can bake tomorrow night..and/or can I wait until Tuesday to bake..when I
get home earlier?

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January 28, 2006 - 5:31pm -- taxman103

Hello fellow bakers,

I baked some sourdough today. The bread tastes fine but doesn't look very good. The sides and bottom were nice and brown but the tops never browed. They look lake dirty brown water. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks,

Alan

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Sourdough

January 21, 2006 - 3:13pm -- whitedaisy
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I've been thinking about making a sourdough start for about a year. I've been putting it off because I have a very small condo kitchen. I'm not sure that I have room for the process. Is it as big a deal as I think it will be?

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