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starting with not so wheat flour

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jelandusn

starting with not so wheat flour

Hi all! I'm new here and I've been reading the past posts for a few days now. I am hoping to start a starter here in Korea to take back with me to the states. I really like it here and I feel as though this would be like bringing a little bit of Korea back with me... Anyway, the problem is, I can not find wheat flour anywhere. The wheat flour that is for sale here is I'm pretty sure, not 100% wheat or is very bleached because it's almost white and doesn't taste like wheat flour at all. My question is, will I get something growing if I use this? I don't want to wast flour, but I'd really like to give it a try. Should I put some bark from a tree in it? I've read that some trees have yeast growing naturally on them. I've also looked for Rye and there is none here. They do have buckwheat, but again, I think it's pretty processed.

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Mini Oven

I found Rye downtown Seoul.  In "Baker's street."   The wheat flour can also be found unbleached, clue... the little polar bear appears on the bleached version.  I buy "3 spoons" flour (yellow,blue, and red spoons crossed like a snowflake at the top of the label) in rather a yellowish bag.    Also Bread 12g protein per 100g, AP 9g protein and cookies 8g protein.  I have all three at the moment but use the Bread flour and AP most in the 2.5 kg bag.  There are also organic flours to be found in small bags.  From my own experience, stay away from the coarse barley flour. 


Look in the TFL search box under Seoulful Rye and it should pop up with directions.  I also stumbled onto a delivery service in English that will shop and deliver to your door if you are interested.


How close are you to Seoul?  I could also give you some starter if you want some. :)


Mini

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jelandusn

Cool! Someone else in Korea! I'm a little over an hour away from Seoul, near Suwon. I'm don't know Seoul that well. Where is Baker's street? We have a bus that goes straight to kangnam and I used to live near kyungbok palace. Other than those places, I don't know any other areas in Seoul. I'll try to search for the directions under seoulful rye. I just got into baking bread here because we finally bought an oven!!! Never knew how much I used an oven till I didn't have one... If I can't get a starter started in the next week or so, I may take you up on your offer. 

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Mini Oven

I'm in Ansan.  I'm here for another month.  To the left... under your name is "Messages,"  we can send notes to each other.  I will need to make a rye run into Seoul.  It's on the line 4.


Mini