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Old 10-21-2013, 08:26 AM   #1
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Three weeks ago, I started a sourdough starter with 2 cups water, 2 cups flour and a pinch each of Red Star Champagne, Red Star Montrachet, and Fleiscman's bread yeast. Been making awesome bread for a week now. Starting to smell sour now. Good stuff....

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Old 10-24-2013, 08:33 AM   #2
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I'm sure there is occasionally "extra yeast" left over from fermenting. Make bread. It also surprises me the alcohol this stuff produces. Anyone have ideas on a flour wine? I started with a cup of flour and a cup of water. Every morning there is a layer of booze...

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That layer of booze in your sourdough is called 'pot liquor' and the 'old sourdoughs' in camp would drink this hooch. I just stir it back in and adjust my hydration in the starter as if you have overnight development your starter is usually too wet.

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That layer of booze in your sourdough is called 'pot liquor' and the 'old sourdoughs' in camp would drink this hooch. I just stir it back in and adjust my hydration in the starter as if you have overnight development your starter is usually too wet.
What is causing the saccharification of the flour? I don't think I have much, if any, bacteria in there yet. It started to make booze very early on.
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Do you find that using wine yeast changes the flavor of the sourdough in any way?

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Do you find that using wine yeast changes the flavor of the sourdough in any way?
Traditionaly, sourdough is made with wild yeasts and bacteria that are naturally airborne and spontaneously infect a flour and water mixture. Sometimes people use a starter available commercially. They say that if you use a commercial starter, eventually the wild yeasts from your local environment will take over and change the taste of your dough. I think this may or may not happen with my starter. I'm guessing that one of the three yeast I started mine with will eventually overtake the other two, but will probably prevail over the wild yeasts. I have not done a test batch made with a local starter against my own, so I couldn't tell you if it changes the flavor or not. I just know it makes for good bread so far.
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