I think it sounds fineAnother question for you @JFB - how should it smelled at this stage (Day 3)?
Instead of the kinda pleasant sour small I was expecting it was more... I dunno... cheesy feet or maybe baby Maybe not totally vile but still not particularly pleasant either.
As you pointed out earlier, it certainly looked pretty bubbly on the top. And texture wise it was a gloopy, sticky, gluey mess, maybe a bit like porridge.
Yep that's it I find it smells nice near the start of the feed and gets a little more weird towards the end
Crikey that's dedication!Thanks for taking the trouble to do this JFB - I am way behind and the house is not that warm so I have 'built' a 'warmer'. Heat pad with a container of water on it covered by a cardboard box and plugged it into a timer, so now it comes on every couple of hours for 15 min. I have put a thermometer in the box so I can check that its not getting too hot.
Looking forward to trying the stout bread !
So your mixing 60 Sven 60 bread flour 60water that has been boiled and aloud to cool down? If so should be good.Right, I'm really on the fence about Sven the starter...
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I'm on Day 5 or 6 now (lost count) and he still smells like old socks. I'm seeing a little rise overnight and a lots of little bubbles on the top so something is certainly happening.
The consistency just prior to adding my next 60/60 flour & water has gone from sticky and gluey to a bit more runny.
I'm struggling to believe something that smells like this is going to make tasty bread...
Do I keep going?
Or do I start again, maybe adding a drop of lactic acid to acidify, along with a pinch of bread yeast and lactobacillus (all of which I have on hand) to give it a push in the right direction?
(God, this is as bad as when we were all newbie brewers and asking why our airlock isn't bubbling withing 30s of yeast pitch! )?
YOU WANT ME TO COOK MY BUDDY SVEN AND EAT HIM??? YOU MONSTER!!!So your mixing 60 Sven 60 bread flour 60water that has been boiled and aloud to cool down? If so should be good.
Try baking a loaf
Or just pan fry a couple blobs of Sven and see how he tastes
I never knew that floating starters was a thing. If it was bubbly and and came close to doubling in volume at some point after feeding then as far as I was concerned it was as good to go as it was going to get for a while.I tried floating 'Percy' on water and he sinks.
Erm... "Hooch"? What's that? I did a swimming test with Sven but he's not a floater yet either.This is fascinating! Mine does not rise much but it is bubbling away and I have had 'hooch' form. I tried floating 'Percy' on water and he sinks. However today, (curry day) I used some of the spent mixture, mixed with a little flour, left it to rise, knocked it back, rolled and fried to make a 'Nan' bread - It was really good! Much better than the rubbery bought things that need heating up.
That's just me me think - I wonder if mine is rising more overnight and then sinking back down by morning . Ho hum...I never knew that floating starters was a thing. If it was bubbly and and came close to doubling in volume at some point after feeding then as far as I was concerned it was as good to go as it was going to get for a while.