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I'm attempting to make a sourdough starter for the first time. I got some great advice on making the bread but am still waiting for the starter before I can try it. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I am wondering what kind of bubbles are supposed to be forming? Mine has little tiny bubbles across the top. Are there supposed to be big bubbles forming by now (it has been about 4 days)? How long do I let it go before I can use it?<br><br>
After it is ready, what do I do with it in between using it? If I put it in a mason jar and stick it in the fridge how often do I have to add flour and water..how much?<br><br>
Sorry so many questions...I appreciate your help!!!
 

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When I make a starter, this is what I look for: bubbles throughout the mixture as well as on the top. You may see a lot, or you may only see a few. Try stirring it up and feeding it once or twice before you use it.<br><br>
Here's how I make my starter:<br>
1 cup flour<br>
1 cup water<br>
Mix really well, cover lightly with plastic wrap, and let stand in a warmish part of my kitchen. You don't have to cover it for any reason except to keep any bugs out that may want to taste it.<br><br>
I usually wait about 24 -48 hours after making the starter to feed it. I don't toss any away the first time, just add another cup of flour and cup of water to it, as I like to have a larger starter.<br><br>
The second time I feed it is when I take out half the starter to use it for something (biscuits or something where the rise isn't as critical is a good first use). I don't put it in the fridge for a couple of weeks, just so that it can get well-established. Plus, I usually need to use it frequently enough that I can leave it on the counter most of the time.<br><br>
It really just depends on how often you want to use it, whether or not you put it in the fridge. As far as when you can use it, I use mine pretty much as soon as it bubbles nicely. I have had great results doing this.<br><br>
Sourdough, IME, is a great experiment. It isn't like baking with commercial yeast, in that the results have a much wider variance. Most everything I've tried so far has been good, but I have baked several bricks. Just keep playing around with it. You'll eventually get something you like!
 

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Are you feeding it everyday? You said it's been 4 days, has teh original flour/water been that long or did you add to it? It will get bubbly but also a bit frothy and get a film that looks like beer on top. I use mine after about a week
 

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thanks for the responses! I have been feeding it everyday since i started. It has little tiny bubbles throughout..is that what I am looking for or do I need to wait until the bubbles get larger? Once it is ready, if I am going to leave it out how often do I need to keep feeding it? What about whe it is in the fridge?<br>
Thanks for all the help!!!
 

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If you are using it weekly you can just leave it out, but you can't just keep feeding it without taking some out. I mean you could, but you'd have aLOT of starter after a while <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I use mine usually every week for at least something. I keep a full quart in the fridge because I bake a few loaves at a time.
 
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