Sourdough Starter
Posted by prodriver on July 02, 2012 at 6:54 pm in Q & A..I decided to try the recipe for sourdough starter that I found on this site. I started it at @ 1:30am Sunday. I used KAF White Whole Wheat Flour instead of the regular, because that was all I had.
I didn't get a chance to "feed" it until today - that's @ 36 hrs. after I made the starter. But it had become bubbly and did expand.
When I took the plastic wrap off the bowl to discard some & feed the rest, I got a VERY strong smell of Sour Milk.
Is this normal? I have no idea if this is supposed to happen. I fed it, anyway, and more bubbles ARE appearing, but the smell is still there. There is no pink or moldy appearance to the starter, so I think I did it correctly.
Should I discard this whole batch and start over?
Any help would be appreciated - I really would like to make some sourdough bread or something, but not if it smells like this!

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reply by: stevenc12 on July 04, 2012 at 6:49 pm

I'd be suspicious of a "smell" test. Sourdough starter does have an oder but us usually is described a a "fresh" or "wheat" smell. Have others check it (but don't suggest that it smells sour to you). See what they say.

the bubbling sounds right and WW flour actually helps the starter get going. I'd keep feeding it for a while and see what happens.