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starter help

migraine8626's picture

starter help

hi all...i found arecipe
1 pk active dry yeast
1/2 c warm water
2 c warm water
2 c all purpose flour
1 tb sugar or honey

dissolve 1 pkg active dry yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.Stir in 2 cups warm
water,2 cups all purpose flour,and 1 tbsp sugar or honey.Beat till
smooth.Cover bowl with cheesecloth.Let stand at room temp for 5-10 days or
till mixture has a fermented aroma,stirring 2-3 times a day. To
store,transfer sourdough started to a jar.Cover with cheesecloth and
refrigerate.Do Not cover jar tightly with a metal lid. To use started,bring
desired amount to room temp.Replenish starter after each useby stirring 3/4
cup flour,3/4 cup water,and 1 tsp sugar or honey into remaining
starter.Cover and let stand a t room temp at least 1 day or till
bubbly.Refrigerate for later use.

the 1st. day it foamed up but when i stired it the first time it came back with a yellow liquid on top...i stired it 3 more times into thew next day but its still the same...did i do something wrong...thanks for all input...

LindyD's picture

Don't know where you found that recipe, but it should be tossed in the trash because it instructed you to let the mix stand for five to ten days without ever refreshing it! Your poor starter has starved and the yellow liquid is called hootch.

All you need to create a SD starter is flour, water, and a bit of patience.   You don't need yeast or honey and you certainly don't need to add sugar or honey each time you feed it.

Here's a great site to explore sourdough.  Grab a cup of tea or coffee, and have a pleasant read.