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Rye sourdough starter from "Local Breads" by Daniel Leader

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nougat

Rye sourdough starter from "Local Breads" by Daniel Leader

Has anyone  used this starter recipe for a German Rye starter? It just seems so thick, I'm worried about it.

Calls for 1/4 cup (2 oz) water and 1/2 cup (2.5 oz) rye flour for the first 3 days. Leader says the consistency should be like oatmeal.

 

thanks 

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fsu1mikeg

I've had great success with Leader's German rye starter.  Of course, I'm a beginner, so my idea of success may be different from yours.  It fermented really fast and raises bread very nicely.  I believe he uses the word "porridge-like" to describe the consistency (basically oatmeal).  Mine definitely fits this description.  I had a hard time with his stiff dough levain, but not with the German rye starter.  I eventually converted some of the rye starter to a stiff dough levain, and that works great now as well.  As far as the breads I've made using the German rye starter:  Dreikornbrot, Dark Silesian Rye, and Czech Country Bread.  All have come out well using Leader's starter and following the recipes he provides for each bread.

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nougat

Thanks mike, I was worried about the consitency. I am only on day 4 of the starter and so far it smells good.

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JMonkey

Rye absorbs a lot of water, and so it's pretty thick, even if you go to even weights of water to flour. If you give it enough time, you'll almost certainly get a working starter. Good luck!

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nougat

Thank you, I also started the rye starter from the Cheesboard collective book.

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Mini Oven

Two basic ways to mix starter when feeding it, basically: (1) Mix water to the starter and add flour or (2) mix flour to the starter and add water.

I think the second one also works well, pinching the flour over and over until it's like flaky flour disappearing and then sprinkling in water.

Mini O

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nougat

Update: Day 4 showed no changes, the starter is still very very thick and has not climbed up the bowl or started to bubble. Any thoughts on this starter and lack of progress?