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Converting from wheat to rye

Ricko's picture

Converting from wheat to rye

I have a good wheat sourdough starter that works very well and was wondering if I started to refresh a part of this with rye flour, could I convert it over to a straight rye starter? This would save time and effort in trying to create a rye starter from scratch.

dmsnyder's picture

Hi, Ricko.

If you feed your wheat starter 2-3 times with rye, you will have a rye starter. In fact, some just keep one starter and convert it each time they make another kind of bread.

BTW, you can convert a rye sour to a white sourdough in the same fashion.