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Starter Gift - How to Feed?

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alpinegroove

Starter Gift - How to Feed?

Yesterday I went to a local bakery co-op and was given some starter that had previously been gifted to the bakery by yet another bakery co-op, so it has good pedigree.

What I got at the bakery looked like dough, not like the starter I created myself at home, which is fairly thin (hydration level being quite high). It had just been fed and looked like a soft ball of dough.
I let it sit overnight, and it rose quite a bit. A crust formed on the top, and beneath it looks much more like starter now, stringy and active, but much drier than I am used to.
How should I feed such a dry starter?

Thanks

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G-man

1:2:3 starter:water:flour will give you about 66% hydration, a nice ball of dough.

Congratulations on your acquisition! Good luck.

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alpinegroove

Thanks. Just to make sure I understand, the ratio should be:

10 grams starter

20 grams water

30 grams flour

 

 

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G-man

Or any variation of that same ratio, certainly.