A brilliant, straightforward post on how to know when your sourdough starter is ready!
The readiness of a sourdough starter, for baking or otherwise, depends greatly on the age (hours since refreshment) of the starter in it’s perpetual cycle of refreshment. Here’s a little diagram of this cycle which we will explore in the text below:-
How old is your sourdough starter?
Your starter cycle begins at hour zero (the point at which you refresh it), at which point you have a small seed amount of mature culture, and a whole heap of food. Your starter will then go through three stages over a 24 hour period:-
- Young – 0-8 hours
- Vibrant – 8-16 hours
- Mature – 16-24 hours
[Note these times will vary with temperature of the starter and it’s hydration, but are a good starting point when thinking about when a sourdough starter is ready]
How can you tell what stage a starter is at?
You need to a) know the stages it…
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