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Biology of a neglected starter

Dave Cee's picture
Dave Cee

Biology of a neglected starter

So once again I am resurrecting my refrigerated starter after a month or more without feeding. The starter (as a whole) always responds/revives quickly but I'm wondering what's actually happening. Does the yeast component rebound promptly or does it lag behind the other beneficial beasties? Thank you.

BrianShaw's picture

In general, starters “neglected “ in refrigeration tend to be quite resilient. Not (scientifically) sure about the balance but the revived starter has the taste, smell, and performance as it had before refrigeration so I guess that the balance is maintained or very quickly reestablishes.

One month isn’t a long vacation… mine has gone nearly a year and atill revived, albeit wit increasingly more effort. 

tpassin's picture

Sometimes, when it takes so many refreshments to "revive" an old starter, I wonder if I'm not just building a new one instead.  I don't know how to tell the difference.