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Temperature of my starter

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Fudjay's picture
Fudjay

Temperature of my starter

I recently started my SD starter and I would like to confirm if what I am doing is alright or if I should be changing/adapting my approach.

My house is quite hot and humid right now and I do not have any form of climate control (no air conditioning, etc). So my house can be well around 82F one day, 90F the next and then back down to 75F. Additionally, I am in a situation right now where I cannot always adapt my schedule to feed my starter when it peaks in consideration of the variation in temperature. I know that starter usually require to be at room temperature but seeing that it fluctuates too much and I cannot adapt feeding time as well as I would like, I decided to put it in my wine fridge which is sitting at 60F to have some kind of temperature control and I am wondering if I am making a big mistake or if it's alright. I feed it once daily and ensure that the temperature of the water is at 85F to provide it with some warmth (at least, initially).

My starter is now on day 6, it's not quite the strong starter that it "should" be by day 6 but it still makes bubbles, has a medium aroma (not yet reached the "vomit" smell) but I am not so worried about it taking more time to reach maturity vs. being healthy. I guess I am wondering if a SD starter can be "retarded" in the early stages/days of its life or can only a strong and mature started be put in a cool (not cold) environment?

Thanks!

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AZ Chuck

I dealing with a higher temperature in my kitchen. My starter lives on the counter and it only gets feed when I use it. Some times not for 3 days. It is doing just fine.  

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mixinator

I would keep your starter out of the wine fridge. Like AZ Chuck I only feed prior to baking.

PetraR's picture
PetraR

Feed it on demand, your Starter will tell you when it needs feeding.

When it is so hot I have to feed the one on my Counter every 6-8 hours, it is a very active Starter.

 

Once your Starter is older you can put him in the fridge and feed him once a week.

But it should be at least 4 Weeks old.

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Bob Marley

PetraR:  You mean to state that the starter should be at least four weeks old prior to refrigeration???

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PetraR

Yes, that is what I was saying:)

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Fudjay

Thank you PetraR, I didn't realize it needed to be that mature before refrigeration was recommended.