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Offline pnj

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Should I discard the clearish liquid ontop of my starter?
« on: May 11, 2007, 02:26:08 PM »
I thought I read that I need to throw that stuff out. Or do I just stir it back into the rest of the mess?


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Re: Should I discard the clearish liquid ontop of my starter?
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2007, 12:31:32 AM »
I thought I read that I need to throw that stuff out. Or do I just stir it back into the rest of the mess?

I stir it back in. It's all part of the mix, and helps you maintain a consistent hydration from batch to batch.
Since joining this forum, I've begun using words like "autolyze" and have become anal about baker's percents.  My dough is forever changed.

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Re: Should I discard the clearish liquid ontop of my starter?
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2007, 12:41:16 PM »
The clear stuff is alcohol I am pretty sure.  Drink up!

Just kidding (about drinking it).  Depending on how much I might poor it out or stir it back in.
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Re: Should I discard the clearish liquid ontop of my starter?
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2008, 01:59:50 AM »
After a few months dormant, I usually pour the 1/4 - 1/3 cup of hooch off into a measuring cup, and then replace it with an exact amount of water. That way, I can keep the pH of the starter constant, and the starter tends to spring back to life in one or two feedings.

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Re: Should I discard the clearish liquid ontop of my starter?
« Reply #4 on: January 24, 2008, 12:55:52 AM »
I've been with sourdough for more then 25 years and I always mix the hooch back in the starter never ever have I ever thrown it away :angel:

Offline asheborobluecomets

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Re: Should I discard the clearish liquid ontop of my starter?
« Reply #5 on: January 24, 2008, 08:05:32 AM »
I'm new to sourdough starters & my seems inactive. It smells sour but it hardly ever has bubbles. It doesn't bubble or grow after it is feed. How can I re-activate or should I make a new starter?
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Re: Should I discard the clearish liquid ontop of my starter?
« Reply #6 on: January 24, 2008, 01:59:37 PM »
What are you feeding it?

What I do to get a slow starter going is to feed it warm scalded milk no more then 100deg hmmmm (35.5c) and all purpose-flour so the entire starter has the consistency of pancake mix :)about 1/2 cup of milk 2 or 3 tbls flour, feed every 8 to 10 hours



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Re: Should I discard the clearish liquid ontop of my starter?
« Reply #7 on: January 24, 2008, 10:52:50 PM »
Thanks!   I give it a try.  I've been feeding with 1 cup warm water (105 degrees) & 1 cup of AP flour.  :chef: