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Is my (Tartine) starter ok?

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Bread Head

Is my (Tartine) starter ok?

My starter does not smell like stinky cheese??

I let it sit for the first 3 days and it smelled like stinky cheese.

Now I have been feeding it every morning for about 3 or 4 days, and in the morning when I go to feed it again it already smells sweet............like after I just fed it.

Is it ok?  Am I still on the right track?

Thanks!

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jcking

A picture would be nice. Smell is one indicator of the bad bacteria going away. Which is good. How is the rise and fall, doubling, going?

Jim

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Bread Head

Hi Jim,

I am sorry, I do not know how to add a picture :( 

But I am glad you said the smell should go away, because it did. (even though I really enjoyed the stinky cheese smell)

It is rising!.....double the size in 3 hrs and the smell is sweet & something else I don't know how to describe.

How does this sound?  Like I am on the right track?

Thank you.

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jcking

Make sure you read and re-read all the info in the book. There's a few small details that are easy to overlook.

Fornituri te salutant!
(Those who are about to bake salute you!)
Jim

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Bread Head

Thanks Jim, I love that saying!

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Bread Head

Fornituri te salutant

What language is that?

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jcking

Ancient Latin or Greek, I believe. I cut and paste a lot of bread related sayings and info.

"Chrysippus of Diane wrote the first technical book on baking in history, dating from around 1900 BCE."

Jim