Know Your Starter's Rise Time
Consistent warmth gives you consistent sourdough bakes...if you know your Rise Time.
Once your have an active sourdough starter and a way to keep it in a consistent temperature (like Goldie), you can plan your bake days with ease by putting your starter on a schedule.
The key to putting your starter on a schedule is knowing your "Rise Time".
WHAT IS "RISE TIME"
Definition: Rise Time is how long a starter takes to peak after each feeding.
A sourdough starter’s Rise Time is affected by:
1. Feeding ratio of Starter : Water : Flour
2. Type of flour
3. Starter temperature
4. A starter’s unique yeast & bacteria composition
5. Time since the starter was last fed
6. A starter's maturity
FIND YOUR STARTER'S RISE TIME IN ONE DAY
You are 1 day away from understanding your starter.
Split your starter into 2 jars. Feed one at 1:1:1 ratio and the other at 1:2:2.
Do everything else as normal. If you keep your starter on the counter, feed it there. If you keep it in your fridge, feed the cold starter fresh from the fridge as if you are preparing to bake.
Note the room temperature, how long it takes for each starter to peak, and how long it holds its peak. The results are the basics of your starter’s unique Rise Time. Now you can plan your bake day more precisely.
Try tracking your Rise Time at different ratios and temperatures to learn even more.
A ratio that peaks overnight is particularly handy - it allows you to mix your dough first thing in the morning.
NEED A TEMPLATE?
We have included a template for tracking your Rise Time in the free Sourhouse Community Cookbook and we also have a convenient kitchen magnet for tracking your Rise Time.