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Posted - Nov 18 2018 :  6:24:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hello from Manitoba!

I am on my second week with my first ever sourdough starter. I have made pancakes and waffles that turned out amazing! I am celiac, so I am starting with the white rice starter and hoping to try a brown rice and a gf oat flour starter once my white rice has moved to the fridge.

I have a couple of questions. I have two very curious cats who eat everything, so I am keeping my mother in the cupboard normally, and occasionally in the bedroom when I bake with yeast. The mother is very bubbly and smells very nice and sour. For some reason I am getting yellowish staining on my flour sack cloths covering the mother. I switch them out about 3-4 time per week, but they will get discoloring in a day or two covering the bowl. Is this normal? There is no discoloration to the mother at all, only the cloth.

Next week should be my first batter bread. How can you tell if the starter is ready for that?

I look forward to hearing back!

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Posted - Nov 20 2018 :  2:37:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Hi Emily and welcome! The stain on your towel is a watermark and nothing to worry about. Changing out the flour sack towel every couple of days, as you are, is the best thing to do about this.

I'm happy to hear that your white rice mother is bubbly and has a pleasant sour smell. You asked how you will know whether your mother is ready for batter breads or not. The best gauge is how active your mother seems between feedings, and of course, the smell. If your mother is happily bubbling away and the bubbles seem to be getting larger and more numerous, you're on the right track. Usually by week 3 or 4 your mother has plenty of oomph to raise batter breads.

You also mentioned you're hoping to start a brown rice and oat-flour mother. Earlier this year, we had a member who experimented with an oat-flour mother. I thought that some of the information contained in the discussion might be useful to you. Here's a link to the thread: http://wildbread.net/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=147&whichpage=1

Ashley Ogle
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