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« Topic Start: February 27, 2011, 09:48:38 pm »

Helloooo!

So, lately I have been obsessed with baking; and as a result I have been trying to start my own wild yeast for sourdough bread. But I have had crappy luck with flour + water + hope.  Undecided

I was wondering if anyone else has tried to grow/start yeast themselves? And if so, what sort of starting mixture did you use?

Thanks!
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« Reply #1: February 27, 2011, 10:05:08 pm »

So, lately I have been obsessed with baking; and as a result I have been trying to start my own wild yeast for sourdough bread. But I have had crappy luck with flour + water + hope.  I was wondering if anyone else has tried to grow/start yeast themselves? And if so, what sort of starting mixture did you use?

Have you considered getting a hunk of starter from someone who has one?  It's a time-honored tradition to share.

Otherwise your local homebrew supply store might carry sourdough starter cultures (which are actually a mixture of yeast and lactic bacteria).  They're usually in the Yellow Pages under Beer/Brewing.

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« Reply #2: February 28, 2011, 02:34:37 am »


I was wondering if anyone else has tried to grow/start yeast themselves? And if so, what sort of starting mixture did you use?

Thanks!

I have made a starter using 1 1/2 tsp yeast, 1/2 c flour, and 1/4 c water.  Lightly mix and cover tightly so it doesn't dry out and keep in a warm place for 24 hours.  then work in another 3/4 c water and 1 cup flour.  Let it ferment another 4 hours before using.

Ok, so I cheat and don't rely on wild yeast to get the starter going, but it works and hasn't failed yet! Wink 
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« Reply #3: February 28, 2011, 11:42:27 am »

Helloooo!

So, lately I have been obsessed with baking; and as a result I have been trying to start my own wild yeast for sourdough bread. But I have had crappy luck with flour + water + hope.  Undecided

I was wondering if anyone else has tried to grow/start yeast themselves? And if so, what sort of starting mixture did you use?

Thanks!

I used:

Heat 1 cup milk to 90 degrees.  Remove from heat and stir in 3 tbsp unflavored low fat yogurt.  Cover tightly and keep warm (80 to 100) for 18 to 24 hours.  I should be kinda of yogurty in texture now.  Then stir in 1 cup flour and cover tightly and keep warm (80 to 100) for 2 to 5 days until bubbly and has a good sour smell.  You now have starter.
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« Reply #4: March 01, 2011, 07:45:24 am »

Helloooo!

So, lately I have been obsessed with baking; and as a result I have been trying to start my own wild yeast for sourdough bread. But I have had crappy luck with flour + water + hope.  Undecided

I was wondering if anyone else has tried to grow/start yeast themselves? And if so, what sort of starting mixture did you use?

Thanks!

I dug out the instructions my baking teacher back in culinary school gave me just for you.

Ingredients:
2 Cups All-Purpose Flour
2 Cups warm water (110*F)
2 1/4 tsp. active dry yeast

Directions:
Mix ingredients together in a large glass or plastic container.  Let stand uncovered in a warm place overnight or up to 48 hours (the longer it stands, the stronger it will be).  Stir the starter before each use.

If you wish to store it after it's first use, cover and keep in the refrigerator.  To keep it going, feed the starter with 1 cup milk, 1 cup flour and 1/4 cup sugar once or twice a week letting it rest at room temperature for several hours after feeding.
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« Reply #5: March 08, 2011, 02:12:22 am »

Thanks for the tips everyone Smiley I really appreciate it. Now once my oven is fixed I shall conquer the world of baking with yeast in hand!
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