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cajun_1

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Just started my starter from this fine website. The instructions say "cover" for 24 hours.  Mine is in a glass jar. Should the lid be loose or tight? Maybe a cloth or something other than the lid?  Any help is truly appreciated.


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The starter WILL produce gas (yeast and bacteria fart, if you will excuse the expression).  Especially in the first few days when you might have a lot of bacterial activity.  And if you look around, you will find stories of people who have had their glass jars of starter "pop the top", some with spectacular results.


I cut a small square of very lightweight cloth and held it over my baby starter container with a rubber band, but if you have a jar, just keeping the lid loose enough for gas to escape should be fine. 

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cajun_1

Thank you  ...  I thought there were gases, but wanted to make sure about the lid. It is now loose.