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'Filmy' Starter?

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Jackson Mercer

'Filmy' Starter?

I'm not sure if my starter is infected with something or what.

It seems to produce a healthy amount of bubbles, there's plenty of acidity and it smells almost pleasantly fruity, however after about 24 hours it develops a smooth, white, cloudy film on top that traps bubbles.

Should I be worried?

Starter has been fed 5-6 times, is kept tightly covered, at 100% hydration, fed unbleached flour and bottled water, and stored at room temperature.

Thanks.

Jackson Mercer's picture
Jackson Mercer

Hm, those pictures look eerily similar, though my 'film' does not appear corral-like as that. I guess there could be algae in my bottled water!

I will make sure to use sterile water when feeding from now on and make sure to keep the starter away from light. I hope things improve.

Thanks, I don't know how I never found that post!