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Sourdough rising but not doubling

Kayscheible's picture

Sourdough rising but not doubling

I started my sourdough starter on 6/15/22 with fresh ground WW. Since then I have been feeding KA unbleached AP. It took about 2 weeks to see its first rise. Smells sour and slightly sweet. However, I have noticed for about a weeks now, when it rises, it only rises about 1/4” over 24 hours. I have been doing the following:

Once daily stirring and discarding 1/2 of starter (keeping 1/2 cup in the jar) and feeding 1/2c KA unbleached AP and 1/4c water. It would take about 24 hours to rise 1/4” around 75 degrees.

Last night I tried something different. Discarded all but 1/2 c starter, added 1 c flour and 1/2c water. It took about 15 hours to rise and start falling, but only rose 1/2”.

Should I try feeding a higher ratio of flour and water to starter? I live in a very warm climate (south texas), but my house stays fairly cool. 

Any advice would be appreciated. I have high hopes for this starter and I’m really want to make bread because it’s been 3 weeks since creating it. 


Abe's picture

In another small jar, with some of the discard when you next feed your starter, try the following feed...

  • 1/8th cup starter (about 30g)
  • 1/4 cup water (about 60g)
  • 1/2 cup flour (about 60g)  you can use AP but if you can add some wholegrain

See how that fares over 12 hours. 

In the meantime carry on with what you're doing with your main starter. 

Kayscheible's picture

Thank you!