Making your own sourdough starter can be challenging or super easy. I tried for the first time ever and its now on 24 days old from July 10, 2013. I have never tried ever to make one, however I did read up on it a lot. So many sites offer how to, advice, feed for the first 5 days. Then after that you hardly find information to tend your sourdough baby after the 5 days. Below I will simply explain how to start one.. Mind you can make wheat, white, gluten, and so on of your own version of flour. I however did the unbleached all purpose flour on the king Arthur site! I also go both ways, fridge, and on top fridge and will explain in the end how to tend after the 5 days. Results may vary person to person. Also if your sourdough turns pink dump it and re start over. King Arthur Flour has many yummy recipes!
One smart tip what to keep the sourdough starter in anything but metal…
2 cups of all purpose flour
2 1.4 teaspoon of yeast
2 cups warm water
1/2 cups of flour and water
1/2 cup of flour and water
As you see some yellow liquid has formed that’s called *hooch* that’s normal, you can just mix it in, or if it creates a layer on top just dump it. When I was in first 4 days I just mixed it in. When it hit 7-10 days I dumped it. Then after 11 days you don’t see the hooch anymore.
1/2 cup of flour and water
By this day or maybe 4 your dough with be ready to be used..
I however waited tell day 6 to make bread. Even then it wasn’t that sour. Day 10 bread got better, and I made some yesterday on day 23 and its been the best so far. So the longer you wait the sour the bread.
This is when you choose your version fridge or on top the fridge and below will be how to feed it.
Fridge sourdough starter:
This version of the other one is bit different. The color is more white, the bubbles are smaller. You only need to feed 3 times a week of the 5 days, and once on the weekend. Super easy. Same amount though 1/2 cup flour and water. Stir it in, cover with clear wrap and place in fridge. Mine sits on the fridge door. This version is a little more liquidy then the other version. With fridge SD (sourdough) you wanna use this on pizza dough, or treats unless you do the sponge version of baking. This version is more of a sweet sour smell and its a bit odd smelling but that’s normal.
On top the fridge sourdough starter:
With on top fridge sourdough this is the hardest one to tend of the two. It will also have a yellow tint to it, and bubbles on top & the bottom should be bubble free! The liquid should be somewhat thicker. If it does get liquid like add little more flour and less water on one the feeds. Now some people will fed them 1-2 times a day, or every other day, or they might wait a while. I however feed it 2 times a day. 1/2 cup flour, and half cup of water both times. Though sometimes I will forget and will do it once, or I might skip a day, but that hasn’t happened yet. I use a 67 ounce jar for this one, and then use clear wrap to close it up, but enough it can breath. So just add in your 1/2 cups of flour and water when you get a chance, mix it with anything but metal. Cover up and place on top the fridge for the next day. Mind it may expand, and if its really hot day it will expand, so just grab it and stir. Also the longer the days the more sour your sourdough is. If you plan to cook with a cup or two don’t feed it that day it will loose a lot of it’s sourness and your food wont me as moist and sour. So with that said don’t go over a week without feeding it. Do everyday or every other. Tap water or filter water is fine. I use tap though. Stir it if you see it expanding, and keep it covered. I also just learned fruit fly’s love this stuff, so keep your jar clean! If you go a week and don’t use any, dump a cup out, or hand your friend a cup with instructions!