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Jul. 1, 2011 6:21 pm 
Updated: Aug. 22, 2011 4:22 pm
I tried to follow Paula's Sourdough starter IV - the one with potato water and flour. OK, sometimes I forgot and headed for the tap and used the "wrong" kind of water. On day 4 it looked promising, but this is day 8, and it smells sour all right, less "yeasty", and it never did "expand" like other websites say it should. Oh, it expanded a little bit, and it has bubbles. I just can't really be sure that it looks like it should because I have no idea what it "should" look like. Tomorrow I will try to see if it will act like it should, and make a dough rise, but I haven't much hope. So much not so, that today I started a pineapple juice/flour mixture recipe I found online.
Will keep you posted!
Old 'N' Still Cookin' 
Jul. 2, 2011 10:57 am
I don't often comment on bread making but something in your approach made me feel like you are serious about learning to make sourdough bread. This is my favorite and the most frequent bread I make. I am a long retired professional Baker and Cook and only do both for family and friends anymore. I rarely ever buy bread and only in an emergency would I consider it. My first suggestion would be to purchase a starter as it could save you a lot of time and money. If you really want to go through the process then I recommend you try a really sure and proven starter recipe. If you decide to buy a starter, then you can rely on the one sold by King Arthur Flour's. I have been using them for many years. If you decide to process your own then I recommend using the one from the book Breads from the La Brea Bakery by Nancy Silverton. It is the best one I have ever made. She uses grapes as one of the best carriers of the required bacteria. (never use anything other than organic). Sourdough is not normally considered to be a beginners bread but with perseverance you will eventually get the loaf you want. Good baking to you.
Aug. 22, 2011 4:22 pm
Thank you for your comments. I did finally give up on both of the starters and really the whole thing, as it never did do what it was supposed to. This was a cheap way to entertain myself while (temporarily, I hope) unemployed. I will certainly take your suggestion to go for a starter. Thanks very much for the tips. I have been baking bread since I was about 7 at the knee of my beloved Grammy, and do love a good yeast bread dough to make sweet rolls, dinner rolls and loaves. In the meantime, I began working on soda based leavened breads, working on an imitation of Red Lobster's. I will surely look up King Arthur's. Thank you again.
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