Is my sourdough starter supposed to do that?
February 29, 2008 2:49 AM Subscribe
DumbQuestionFilter: Is my sourdough starter supposed to shrink?
posted by esilenna to Food & Drink (9 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
A couple of days ago, for the first time ever, I made a sour dough starter from a recipe I found in a book. I followed the instructions to the letter and used 375g flour, 3 tsp yeast, and 4.5dl water, all mixed well in a glass jar and then covered with a kitchen towel and left it out on the counter top. For the first 6-7 hours it grew and grew, was all bubbly, but then it collapsed to a quarter of it's largest size.
It has tiny bubbles throughout and smells a lot like beer, has a cm thick layer of goopy frothy bubbly liquid on top, so I *think* it's doing well, but is the shrinkage supposed to happen? Nothing I've read about sour dough starters mentions any collapses so I was wondering if there are any MeFites who have made their own sour dough with experiences to share?
Also, I want to use this sour dough to make sour dough no-knead bread. Any and all favourite recipes are gratefully accepted.