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Wild Yeast Starter

July 2007
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April 2007 attempt at capturing wild yeast . July 2007 bread failure . July 2007 2nd attempt to capture wild yeast . July 2007 bread success! . July 2007 another success! . August 2007 sourdough rye . January 2008 malted wildbread . June 2012 wild yeast capture . June 2012 Wild Bread (Tartine) . travelling with sourdough starter . hand-kneading slack dough

Wild yeast starter made following a recipe in Piano Piano Pieno by Susan McKenna Grant. I began on 8 July in the evening. Instead of taking five or 6 days, it took over two weeks to be viable... Here it is at a starter at last on Thursday 26 July (day 17!!)

wild yeast starter © ejm July 2007

On Friday 13 July (day 6) I THOUGHT it was a starter. I put this jar in the fridge until Monday's feeding... But I was wrong; it was still only a culture. (The bread I mixed on Friday and baked on Sunday(??) was a disaster.) So with Monday's feeding, I began in earnest to try to capture the elusive wild yeast.

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Tuesday (day8) PM

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Wednesday (day9) AM

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Thursday (day10) AM

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Thurs AM (day10) close up

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Following Monday (day 14) AM

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Monday (day 14) AM closeup

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Monday (day 14) AM: Look at those bubbles!

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Monday (day 14) AM: the top bowl is what is left from the previous night. The bottom bowl is the new mixture. Note that it is already bubbling!

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another close up of Monday (day 14) AM

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Marker to show where top is directly after mixing.

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Wednesday (day 16) PM: penultimate baking day

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Wednesday (day 16) PM after mixing

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Thursday (day 17) AM: and at last it's ready to be mixed into bread dough!!

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Thursday (day 17) AM: first successful wild bread dough!! Please take a look at the wild bread success.

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The starter is still going...

January 2008

One of the hazards of using a glass jar to store the starter is that, well... you know....

cracked! © ejm January 2008

Here is the new jar with a proper lid. Inside is the starter about two hours after being fed (using 1 tsp culture, 3 Tbsp flour, 2 Tbsp water).

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new jar © ejm January 2008

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