Monday, March 16, 2009
Sourdough Bread Diary Day 1 & 2
Yesterday, I boiled 1 cup water from my Brita and let it cool down until I could stick my finger inside it and poured it over 1 cup whole wheat flour inside a glass bowl. I stirred it with some wooden chopsticks and poured it into a glass jar. I put a cloth over the top and let it sit on the upper deck of my book shelf overnight. In the morning there was a dark layer of liquid on top. This looks like 'hooch' but I'm wondering if everything is OK because 'hooch' is something that's supposed to appear later on in this process.
In either case, something is happening inside my glass jar and I'm going to go get more whole wheat flour or unbleached flour so I can feed the jar at around 17:00 - 18:00 today.
In case you're wondering. I'm trying to make a 'starter' so I can eventually bake sourdough bread. I've followed the instructions on this page. S. John Ross is a writer for role playing games, but he has also written a step-by-step guide on how to grow your own yeast from scratch and I'm hoping the mild climate in Andalucia will help my new colony of yeast thrive.