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Why is a starter all active and bubbly but doesn’t pass the floating test?

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donnaaai

Why is a starter all active and bubbly but doesn’t pass the floating test?

Hello everyone, anyone knows why is a starter all active and bubbly but doesn’t pass the floating test? I’ve discarded half and fed it again, it doubled in size but still doesn’t pass the test. Help

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Kimperfect

My starter never passes the float test. But...when I make the leaven the night before, the next morning, it usually does. That's when a float test matters, just before you prepare to make your dough. Not when you feed your starter. Measurements for leaven are different than those for starter.

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donnaaai

Thanks for telling that!