- April 29, 2019 at 9:02 am #3154
The wife and I are trying our hand at bread making, and we want to try sourdough first because we love it.
We’re starting our starter in a mason jar, equal parts water and flour and removing some as it gets pretty big, but it keeps dying after a few days. Seems straightforward enough, but we’re having trouble with it.
Any insights for new home breadmakers?
Thanks in advance
NateMay 2, 2019 at 1:51 pm #3158Borislav & Gergana !Participant
What kind of water are you using? What’s the room temp? You don’t keep it in a sunny spot I hope?
It’s not at all straightforward, sourdough is an art and after a few years at it we’re still not good enough. There’s so much that can go wrong!
BobbyMay 7, 2019 at 1:19 am #3184
Regular tap water, room temp about 75, not in a particularly Sunny spot. We put it in a quart jar (about 1 liter), and put a paper towel over top to keep flies out with the regular band to hold it on.May 7, 2019 at 3:57 pm #3187Borislav & Gergana !Participant
Is your tap water chlorinated? If it is, that’s your problem right there!May 17, 2019 at 1:50 pm #3217KayKeymaster
The water can play a big part in it. I have filtered my tap water for years and I’ve noticed a change recently. In the last year, my dogs are turning their noses up at the filtered water they had been getting and instead were hitting the rainwater collection barrels I have set up. I now give them rainwater instead of even filtered tap water. My Goffin’s Cockatoo has grown the best feathers she’s ever had (she’s 19) since I switched her to rainwater as well. I suspect, no proof just suspicion, that our city water has changed judging by the reactions of my houseplants and animals in the past year or so. Maybe a filter isn’t working at the distribution plant, maybe they’ve added something to it, don’t know. But it is different than it was and I can certainly see the water making a huge difference with something as delicate as sourdough.May 17, 2019 at 1:59 pm #3219KayKeymaster
Just to be sure there is no misunderstanding – I was not suggesting that you should use rainwater in your sourdough mix! There are organisms in rainwater that probably wouldn’t help the human digestive tract. I was trying to point out the importance of water quality and that even filtered tap water might not be as good as we think it is.May 24, 2019 at 12:40 am #3287
You’re giving me ideas with the rainwater thing though…
In any case, we’ll start with some water that we’ve boiled and let sit a while to let any nasties evaporate off.May 24, 2019 at 12:41 am #3288
Definitely chlorinated. We’ll start boiling the water and letting it cool before use to get the yucky stuff out. Thanks a lot!!!!
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