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First Artesian shopping trip & Yeast video

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First Artesian shopping trip & Yeast video

A few days ago I realized I didn't have some vital ingredients for really starting to make great bread. I promised myself I'd go on a solo shopping trip, and tracked down a great tiny organic food mart in town (in which I had a delightful conversation with the girl behind the counter who's own SD was struggling). This is what I added to my baking arsenal today:

Organic spelt flour, Organic raisins (for YW & baking), Organic wheat flour, some wheat gluten, some dry yeast (I didn't have any but I'm trying not to use it), corn meal and a baking stone.

 

Also, I noticed that my starter had passed a landmark last night, and smelled very pungent and ripe. It was a 100% rye starter at 85% hydration, so I decided now was the time to transition to a nice mix of AP/Wheat and Rye. I dumped about 70% of it, and replenished it with Non-bleached AP and yeast water. The new smell and appearance was much closer to the actual bread I've been interested in making. I drew a line on the jar where the mixture was, and went to bed. This morning, it had raised about 50% so I drew a line there and left for the day. When I returned, it was another 50% above the second line, and for the first time my SD starter officially doubled in size. I felt like throwing it a party! :

 

Now, my SD starter is roaring, smells of perfect sourdough, and my yeast water is a bubbling monster! I finally feel as though I'll be turning out my first sourdough within the next 48 hours, and I'm so excited I can hardly stand it! 

Here's a short 40 second video of my SD starter and YW:




 

I'm pushing forward, and crossing some major markers in my new bread making interests, and couldn't be happier! I've only been researching this for about 1.5 weeks… I think I started a starter (which had since died) the first day I read about this technique. :) So glad to share my journey and be part of the community! 

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adri's picture
adri

I like the way you document things for us (and for yourself).

Your on a good way, I think.

I bookmarked this thread as I usually don't read the blogs, more the forum part. Good that you mentioned it over there that you move here :)

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ccsdg

Great work on the officially doubling starter! Looking forward to seeing your first bake! Your YW also looks extremely exciting, makes me want to start one myself.

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PetraR

I am so happy for you.

I remember how happy I was when I started my Starter 1 year ago.

I was almost sitting in front of that Jar willing the Starter on to grow.

Not to long after my Wheat Starter I started a Rye Starter, and he is also doing great.

I named my Starters * g *

The Wheat Starter is * Gordon * and the Rye Starter is * Ryan.

Well, after all, they are living things.