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JJackson

Hello and Question

I have been baking for some years and look forward to looking over some of this sites threads to learn some new tricks.

I found the site while looking for some instructions on growing yeast. I have made sourdough yeast from start before, with moderate success, but what I want to do is take some plain commercial fresh yeast and keep growing more so I am self sufficient. I am in an area in Spain at present where there appears to be no culture of home baking and dried yeast, and strong flour, is not widely available. One bakery will supply me yeast, but I think they fear I am going to set up in opposition and view me very suspiciously. I am planning to go on a longish sailing voyage and just object to paying  $1 per sachet of dried yeast. I suspect there are posts somewhere here telling me what I want and would be most grateful if someopne could provide me with a link.

Thanks in advance Jonathan Jackson.

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hutchndi

Get yourself some Carl's Oregeon Trail Sourdough starter, free from: http://carlsfriends.net/, it will only cost you the price of envelopes and postage.

This would be much better than trying to keep a commercial yeast going, it is very hungry and probably will be overcome by wild yeast strains anyway, maybe good maybe not. Carl's is so vigorous that many people falsely suspect that may be an offshoot strain of commercial yeast.

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JJackson

Thanks for the quick reply but as I am in Spain and not after sourdough this does not really apply.