Carl's starter

Discussion in 'Breads' started by byounghusband, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. I tried unsuccessfully to get Carl's starter going a while back, but only a small amount according to one of the sets of direction on his site.. It did NOTHING!!! Not sure why, but it just sat there.

    Now I tried again with the rest and it it went nuts in the small jar I started it in. I transferred it to a bowl and added more water, and flour, plus sugar and potato powder and put it in the oven with a damp towel over it with the light on according to other directions on the site. It got bubbly and now has a clear liquid layer over it (alcohol?) and a hard crusty layer on top of that (?).
    It smells sour, but not bad sour... The house has an odor to it....

    I stirred it up again and pulled it out of the oven and transferred it to a plastic container to use in the fridge. I have it on the counter in the kitchen right now around 70*

    Does this sound like it is going well?
  2. bassman

    bassman Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    You've got it going now! Just stir in the liquor and you're ready to roll. I keep about 3 cups of starter in the fridge in a quart Rubbermaid plastic jar. Every week or so, I either use it or feed it a bit of sugar or flour and water. Just to make sure yours is going real good, Mix 1/2 cup of starter with 1 cup warm water and 1 cup flour. If it seems too thick, just add a little more warm water. Let it set overnight (covered) and by morning you should have a bowl of bubbly goodness.
  3. scarbelly

    scarbelly Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Mrs Scar and I used some Carl's to get ours going again and it has been awesome. Glad the second try worked for you - there are good breads in your future
  4. meateater

    meateater Smoking Guru SMF Premier Member

    Just remember to use non-clorinated water and you will be fine.
  5. NON Chlorinated water?? [​IMG] Hhmmm... I wonder if that might have been the problem at first? But I used tap water the 2nd time around. I will use filtered water from the fridge and warm it up from now on...

    Yup... Carl's seems pretty good. The odor has dissapated and it has a nice sour smell to it. This weekend will have bread baking!! Can't wait.[​IMG]

    I probably have about 2 cups going right now by following the instructions at Carl's site. I will add another cup of flour and water and a touch of sugar to get a good base going.

    Does anyone know what the crusty layer was on top of the liquor was? There are bits of it in the starter now.

    Oh yeah, I discovered that you MUST rinse your utensils off right after stirring, or it is about a hard as concrete to clean up.... [​IMG]

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