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Purple discoloration at the bottom of my discard jar

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Paavwaali

Purple discoloration at the bottom of my discard jar

Hello everyone 

Need some help figuring out if my discard needs to be "discarded" or is it still usable. There seems to be some purple discolouration at the bottom of the jar. I keep my whole wheat and wheat flour starters in the same container and this is a tad bit old 

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Anon2 (not verified)

To be in the safe side. Looks like something sinister has invaded that discard. You should be maintaining your starter in such a way that has minimum or no discard. 

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Paavwaali

Thanks. I ended up using the top half that was about two-four days old and throwing the rest away. I'm generally pretty conscious about using up discard quickly this time it got away from me a little. Seemed ok to me though no foul smell and the purple discolouration was limited to the very bottom of the jar but no point risking it so threw away.