making sourdough starter -- sauerkraut juice
The No Stir Sourdough Starter
This last week I started a vigorous rye starter by simply pouring water over rye flour and leaving it alone, covering it. No stir, no mixing, just stand alone at 75°F and watch.
This time I want to avoid, skip over the stinky bacterial population growth in the starter so I'm pouring sauerkraut juice over flour to see what happens. Same 74°F to 75°F temperature.
- Spoon rye flour into clean tall narrow jar. About one inch or 2.5 to 3 cm. deep. (I used 30g Rogers whole rye flour)
- Pour strained sauerkraut juice gently over the flour. Should make a top layer of about half an inch or 1.5cm deep. (I used 40g strained Bick's Wine Sauerkraut) Do not stir.
- Mark the level, time and date with a permanent marker pen. Cover loosely with lid or plastic wrap and loose rubber band.
- Stand in warm spot 75°F (23.8°C) out of drafts and danger. Do nothing but observe but this includes daily removal of cover and noting aromas before recovering.
That is it. Just for information my culture growing glass is about 2" in diameter, 5" tall and weighs 178g empty. The sauerkraut contains sodium as well as vitamin C, wine and sulphites. The last of which may or may not interfere with yeast activation. It is not raw sauerkraut juice which might be preferable. When the starter takes on a beer aroma, it will be fed more flour.
Anyone wishing to participate is welcome.
Options might include other flours, other sauerkraut juices, other temperatures. As sauerkraut is fermented around 60°F it might be interesting if a 60°F sourdough starter could be developed (might take more time?)