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Scabrous Birdseed
09-12-2005, 13:20:41
Um, I'm a kinda experimental bread-baker (usually using all sorts of weird ingredients, from eggs and buttermilk to every kind of edible seed imaginable) but I usually don't have the patience for sourdough. But in the past week I've been playing around a bit and I've used some semi-ready samples in my breads to no noticable effect.

My current bowl sits in a cupboard containing stuff from my first batch (the promisingly named honey-yeast from a book) and some new additions I've grafted on since. I stir it a couple of times a day as per instructions.

Yesterday it had a really nice acidic whiff and was shaping up nicely. Today... Well, a layer of golden-brown liquid, smelling strongly of alcohol, has separated itself from the dough. I stir it in and a couple of hours later it's back again.

Is my sourdough ruined? Will it never be good sourdough again? And, obviously most importantly, if I use it anyway which I'm tempted to do will I die from some sort of poisoning?

Funko
09-12-2005, 13:23:11
What is sourdough?

Scabrous Birdseed
09-12-2005, 13:25:02
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sourdough

Japher
09-12-2005, 13:54:05
I don't think it's ruined... I'll consult my bread book when I get home.

I actually went and got everything to make a starter a week or so ago as I am missing good sourdough her in the midwest.

HelloKitty
09-12-2005, 20:03:05
Without reading the wiki here is it in short.

Sourdough is a shitty tasting bread that is very popular in the Bay Area.

Japher
09-12-2005, 20:04:41
I like it...

mr.G
09-12-2005, 20:05:20
Originally posted by Japher
I don't think it's ruined... I'll consult my bread book when I get home.

I actually went and got everything to make a starter a week or so ago as I am missing good sourdough her in the midwest. ow and i am gay!!!! J is definatley GAY!!!!!!!!!

Oerdin
09-12-2005, 20:07:54
Originally posted by HelloKitty
Without reading the wiki here is it in short.

Sourdough is a shitty tasting bread that is very popular in the Bay Area.

Tastes great. Yet another foodstuff which proves California's culinary superiority. :bounce:

Dyl Ulenspiegel
09-12-2005, 20:12:26
There's sourdough in California?

Japher
09-12-2005, 20:14:49
oh yeah

Oerdin
09-12-2005, 20:15:03
No, just sour grapes.

mr.G
09-12-2005, 20:15:58
and beach boys

Dyl Ulenspiegel
09-12-2005, 20:16:52
Originally posted by Oerdin
No, just sour grapes.

And I wanted to go to Napa Valley. :(

Dyl Ulenspiegel
09-12-2005, 20:32:13
Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
Um, I'm a kinda experimental bread-baker (usually using all sorts of weird ingredients, from eggs and buttermilk to every kind of edible seed imaginable)


What's weird about those ingredients?

As for the dough, I think the yeast creates alcohol which can then become vineger. As long as there is no mold and it goes towards vineger it should be ok healthwise.

I'm just not sure if that is still good for bread... but there used to be beers based on sourdough..... :beer:

RedFred
09-12-2005, 20:38:22
I've never made a good sourdough from scratch. It seems way easier to get a bit of someone else's and start feeding it.

Oerdin
09-12-2005, 20:45:24
I think you need a special type of yeast which will sour the dough without making it ineatable.

Scabrous Birdseed
10-12-2005, 09:34:49
Well, my dad's 20-year-old culture was lost in 1993 so I've got to start somewhere.

Scabrous Birdseed
10-12-2005, 09:41:38
Anyway - update:

I added some more flour to the dough last night which appeared to fix the problem, and todday it was one goop at least rather than a goop and a layer of weissbier. I mixed it up and at first the smell was really nice, practically just acidic, but then it switched back into alcohol mode with futher stirring.

I had an experimental taste too, and it wasn't bad, with all sorts of interesting flavours coming out, but it was just not sour enough yet.

notyoueither
10-12-2005, 09:42:02
Originally posted by Funko
What is sourdough?

Bread with geneology.

Fergus & The Brazen Car
10-12-2005, 10:00:18
Originally posted by Japher
I like it...

Me too.

I liked having soup served in a sourdough bowl when I was in San Francisco.

I like it toasted with butter too.