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Check out www.ThePerfectLoaf.com for all the info. You can make a starter following the directions there. If someone gives you a starter and you want to know the basics here is some info.
BuildASoil Sourdough Starter Feeding
Your starter will be very active and require twice daily feedings or you can put into the fridge to slow this down to once per week feedings.
How to know when I should feed?
Your starter will rise very fast over 4-12 hours and at a certain point it will “Peak” and stop rising and start to slowly fall. If you forget to feed it will be back to the normal starting volume and be a little thin. The goal is to keep it happily fed all the time but really it’s not a big deal if you miss 1 feeding. It will rise and fall slower in a cooler home and happen faster in a warmer home.
Basic Feeding Recipe:
How To Speed Up Starter:
How To Slow Down Starter:
When to use your starter:
When your starter is peaking and you are ready to feed is the optimal time to make your dough. You’ll take the 4 ounces out as per above and your leftovers are now ready to be used in your dough instead of discarded.
Check out www.ThePerfectLoaf.com where I took much of this info and try the beginner loaf. Alternatively I’m going to post a 100% bread flour (or All purpose flour) Recipe below that is simple.
Basic 100% No Knead Bread Flour Formula:
Normally folding the dough will allow for better structure but I don’t want you to be intimidated by having to hang out and fold your dough every 30 minutes. You can really fold it loosely on your time frame but that is for another day. I’m sure I’m breaking all the rules but this bread will turn out great. The secret is to wait 24-48 hours before baking and we let the microbes do the work.
How To Bake the Dough You Made:
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If you have been reading about cultivating indoors with organic soil then you've heard of SubCool's Super Soil. I admit to starting with this mix and thought I was really doing something special when I first went for it. I bought all the stuff and was really excited to use it.
My results were actually pretty good, but I've since moved on I think you should too.
Besides the "base soil" being purchased instead of made from scratch, I have many other issues. All in all this taking bagged soil and adding worm castings and nutrients isn't a bad idea, but it can be improved upon and money can be saved.
Here is the Recipe: 8 large bags of a high-quality organic potting soil with coco fiber and mycorrhizae (i.e., your base soil) 25 to 50 lbs of organic worm castings 5 lbs steamed bone meal 5 lbs Bloom bat guano 5 lbs blood meal 3 lbs rock phosphate ¾ cup Epson salts ½ cup sweet lime (dolomite) ½ cup azomite (trace elements) 2 tbsp powdered humic acid
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