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Rye vs Pumpernickel for starter

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Bob Marley

Rye vs Pumpernickel for starter

Since I live in a very isolated devoid of pumpernickel flour, I have access to Hodgson Mill Rye Flour.  Is there any reason I couldn't use the rye instead of pumpernickel flour for creating a starter?

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golgi70

Pumpernickel is just coarse ground whole Rye.  So I would think Hodgson Mill Rye Flour would be even better suited for creating a starter if not a wash.  Do look at the ingredient list and see if it is "whole rye" though so you know what you are actually working with.  

Cheers

josh

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Bob Marley

Coarseness is the only difference between the two flours and H.M. is, indeed, a whole rye flour as stated on the label:  "100% Whole Grain Stone Ground Rye Flour".  I wonder the reason that many recipes call for pumpernickel as the initiator.