Harp is flying....light and foamy....BK is struggling but will go a bit longer...
find a recipe you like the look of and bake with Harp.
The Vermont Sourdough is a good one. So is this one... and I'm also recommending it because the instructions are very detailed.
P.s. poolish is a misnomer. It's a levain!
wont have much discard maybe need to grow him a bit more...Harp junior is exploding with 20g sifted w/w and 30g white...can not believe more than double in 3 hours....
You will use harp as a seed. Taking a little starter from harp you will make a preferment (a levain). so in this recipe i've given you do as follows....
When this has matured it goes into the final dough.
The technique is not always to use "discard" as in the management procedure of building a starter from scratch. Eventually harp will live in the fridge and will be used as a seed to build preferments. You don't need to keep much of harp not feed him everyday. When harp runs low you give him some TLC, feed him and return to the fridge.
It's alright to keep a starter at room temperature to feed everyday then take some off to use. However unless you bake everyday this becomes tiresome and wasteful. This also limits you to one kind of starter where building off-shoot starters from a little seed enables you to build many to different specifications.
And do you mind using him all up as long as you have harp senior?
Why did you make harp junior? Think you have too many on the go. I thought concentrating on making one at a time was enough.
Perhaps we can work out a 100% sourdough recipe to be made from harp junior today.
great idea...thank you
Harp was my white version...Thought I might lose BK...if he doesn’t improve soon will ditch him and just have Harp for my white and Harp junior w/w. Really didn’t think junior would take off so well....I have around 200g of junior he grows so fast could use nearly all of him...he only has 20g of w/w can I increase it slowly to 25/25 w/w and white...
245g of starter/levain
you have a highly active 200g of starter (that bit of WW is fine). What you can do is...
Take 190g of harp junior + 55g from harp senior (as long as both have been fed and are now active and bubbly) to make up the 245g then follow the recipe.
If you take a little of harp and harp jnr and try the float test do they float or sink?
which recipe am I doing ?...I must remember the float test...which has best chance and least hydrated...lol
Ask any questions you might have. As long as both are mature and active you should have no problem. The rest is all about timing and reading the dough properly.
The first time might not be perfect but it's a learning curve. I'm sure it'll be tasty though. Plus if everything doesn't go to plan it'll tell us where your starter is at.
Just go straight onto the main dough if both starters are mature enough.
i can’t find it...:-(
I hyper-linked it to the word "one" and if you click on it it'll take you there.
But here is the URL... http://www.weekendbakery.com/posts/sourdough-pain-naturel/
The recipe gives you everything including the levain build but since you have enough active starter to go (as long as both are mature enough to pass the float test) then you can go onto the main recipe.
didn’t realise it was called my weekend bakery...lol
If this is the recipe Abe how much starter will I add to it and will I minus it from the flour and water written here...sorry I a bit confused...
plus 245g mature starter which was...
So that will be:
It gives you the levain build but as we discussed you have enough active starter to go straight into the main dough. As long as harp and harp jnr both pass the float test then you can combine them to make up the 245g starter for the main recipe.
Skip day one as that is the starter build. And go onto day two...
Day 2 0.900 Make final dough
That’s clear thank Abe will get back to you ...will study instructions..
I've been following your conversation with Abe and not I'm also really excited for your first loaf!!
I’m really excited to, but nervous as well. Worried I will forget something. But will try , so when I have things in order in my head I will go for it...lol
just to say apropos of nothing weekendbakery.com is a fantastic site and resource for all sorts of breads and processes.
I will be checking it out and no doubt copy and pasting everything...lol
Harp jnr and snr are really doing well.
good luck 🤞🏽