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Do I always use rye flour or regular when feeding and proofing??

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sereknityjayne

Do I always use rye flour or regular when feeding and proofing??

I made my first sourdough starter by following the one on TFL.  It says:

Day 1:

Ingredients:  1/3 cup rye flour and 1/4 cup water

So I used RYE

Day 2:

Ingredients:  1/4 cup unbleached AP, bread, or high gluten flour; 1/8 cup water

My question here is since I started with rye do I continue with it or do I always use (unbleached AP, bread or high gluten) I'm just confused because mine did great until day 5 then it fizzled out till I put a few tablespoons of rye back in to liven it up.  Then my first loaf tasted wonderful but it took FOREVER to rise and it was very small. 

Also, I didn't even know I had to proof it, is this required every time? Thanks! Any help is appreciated.

 

 

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PetraR

It depends on what kind of starter you want to have.

Rye is a very good flour for Starters and gets active very quickly, you can keep on feeding your Starter with Rye, that is not a problem.

Later, maybe you want a white starter, just take 20g of your rye starter and keep feeding it with bread flour and it will turn into a white starter after a few feedings.

Sourdough bread has much longer rising and proofing times.

If your Starter is very young the first rise  * bulk fermentation *can take up to 16 hours, than you need to degas the dough and shape it and proof it , so that can take a few hours too.

Once your starter is older it will all go much faster BUT the longer the fermentation * some people leave there dough for the bulk fermentation in the fridge for up to 48 hours * the better the flavour .

After a few loafs you soon get the hang of it.

 

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sereknityjayne

Thank you so much for some clarification. I have read so many things and every one does the process differently.  I appreciate you taking the time to help me!! 

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PetraR

You are most welcome, we all started at one point and needed some help:)

My Starter is 15 month old now I do mix the flours and all that is in a recipe together, let it bulk ferment over Night * 12 hours * than I degas it gently, shape it, put it in the proofing basket * banneton * for 2-2 1/2 hour to proof.

I could get the bulk fermentation done in about 3-4 hours, that is the time my dough needs to double in Volume, but I choose the longer time for the flavour.

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sereknityjayne

I guess I will get used to how mine behaves as I gain experience. I am looking forward to a long relationship with this bread!! Your information has given me some good guidelines to help me along the learning process. Thanks again!

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PetraR

You are most welcome.

The more you bake the easier it all gets:)

There are things I can not get my head round, but I am also learning and one day... lol.

Looking forward to see more bread Images of yours.