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Sourdough starter

rcoplen's picture

Sourdough starter

My starter is very acetic; how can I develope a sweeter starter? I know I have to develope more Lactic is this done?

harum's picture

What temperature are you keeping your starter on? Any temperature too much away from 30 degrees C (this is optimal for the yeast activity) gives too much sourness. You already may have too much lactic acid if not incubating your starter at around 30 C.

grandmamac's picture

And wet and windy. My starter lives on the kitchen worktop and, as the kitchen is unheated, it's around 15 degrees unless the sun's out and about 12 at night. In the recent very cold winter, keeping it in the fridge gave me problems and I threw away 3 loaves until I was given advice

It's very active although it takes a full 24 hours to peak. The bread isn't too sour and the rise and oven spring is great. But I make the levain and the bread in a heated room at around 21 degrees.

saintdennis's picture

No, what you can do increase more feeding.I have my starter over 17 years old and is on the counter all time and what will happen on the top you will get black water that protect the starter and the starter go down as the clay. When you need some just mix that liquid in and spoon how much do you need and put there some flour and water and cover it. That portion you took out mix with flour about 2-3 feeding and that starter will be weaker with more flour and the water.

FlourChild's picture

How can you make it less acidic? Give it more to eat :) Either feed it more often, or with a higher proportion of flour/seed.

However, your starter may be fine, it needs some acid to ward off infection and stay healthy. Perhaps try a different bread making technique, like using the starter to mix bread earlier in the feed cycle (after it starts to rise but before it has fully risen and fallen back), and/or limiting the bulk fermentation.