Sourdough Starter


I am an amatuer baker and have been doing so for about a year and a half. My question is, I have a sourdough starter that I have been feeding and the scent has changed considerably recently going from a somewhat sweet to one that is much stronger and not a bad scent but one more on the order of a strong cheese. It has never had a bad yellow liquid or been neglected for a long period of time, but I just wonder how one would know possitively that the starter has gone bad. I am currently feeding it everyday outside and not refrigerating it. I appreciate any feedback in advance.


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HopesHope 2012 August 10

If the starter is going bad, you will know it without doubt.  It will have a foul odor and possibly some green mold growing on it.  


Your starter is going thorough natural changes.     



Take care



declan 2012 August 10
This happened to me,I didn't want to loose my starter so I split the starter in two and fed one with more water than flour and kept it in the fridge, whilst continuing the other one as normal. It worked! it kinda flushed the acrid smell away, I can only assume it was some sort of detox!

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