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Old 02-22-2008, 03:41 AM   #1
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so i've had this question nagging at me for weeks and i have to ask...

if i were to use a sourdough starter i have to sour a beer, would i be wasting my time?

i know there's a real farmhouse of bugs in my sourdough starter so i was wondering if that could be a source of favourable bacteria/yeast...

i'm sure i'm not the first to have had the idea so any responses are appreciated.

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Old 02-22-2008, 04:15 PM   #2
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I don't think it would be waste of time to try, how old is the starter and how did you make it? From my reading it seems most of the wild yeast/bacteria in a sourdough starter are on/in the flour already, in much the same way that when you do a sour mash you are using the lacto/etc. on the outside of the grains. The only problem I could see is that the starter growing process builds up those critters that consume dough, not wort/sugar. But I'm not sure that will be a problem. Try a one-gallon batch and if it turns out well dump it into a four-gallon batch. Good luck.

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