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Starter smell very sweet, not sour at all

vtje's picture

Starter smell very sweet, not sour at all

Hi, new member here,

have been baking bread for over a year now, 

about two month ago started a new rye based starter, store it on a counter and feeding dialy.

One weird thing about this starter (compared to my previous attempts) is that it does not smell sour at all, in fact it has a very sweet smell, berry like.

Any ideas?


Mini Oven's picture
Mini Oven

That can happen!  Enjoy it!  Does it taste sour?  If not,  it can be used to raise everything! 


cgmeyer2's picture

hi mini

do you mean that it can be used in any type of baked goods (bread, cookie, scone. etc)? if this is the case, would you please tell me if i can use it 1:1 or what are the proportions?

i have been trying to sweetened a portion of my sourdough starter.

thanks, claudia