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deciphering Instructions for starter

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metropical

deciphering Instructions for starter

I have a small bit of starter from someone I met recently.

The instructions that came with it don't make much sense to me and I have no way to contact.

Can anyone decipher?

 

100%,  1/2 WW, 1/2 white x.022=weight

70% water

10% sourdough

12 hrs.

total weight 180 IE: .400/180=.022

 

Take total weight of starter you want IE: .4g divide by total of percentages IE: 180.

Then multiply by each percentage for weight.

 

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cranbo

I'm assuming this formula is for feeding? Let's go through it line-by-line. 

100%  1/2 WW, 1/2 white x.022=weight

This is where you start. For example: 200g whole wheat + 200g white, total of 400g, representing 100% of flour weight.

70% water

This means you incorporate 70% of your flour weight in water into your starter. For example, 400g * .70 = 280g water

10% sourdough

This means you incorporate 10% of your flour weight of leftover starter during your feedings. For example, 400g * .10 = 40g starter. The rest of the starter you need to discard. 

12 hrs.

Not sure...this may mean to let rise for 12 hours before using...or it could mean you need to feed your starter every 12 hours. 

 

Does this help at all?

metropical's picture
metropical

ah yes,  that does.  So I guess what she gave me is the 10% and I'll have to build from there?

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cranbo

yes sounds like it. good luck!