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Which flour is best for the sourdough?

You can feed your sourdough with all cereal flours. To preserve the characteristics of our sourdough starter, wholemeal rye flour is best suited. But starters made from wheat, spelt and extraction flours are also possible. Basically, it is advisable

Does the sourdough contain gluten?

Our sourdough contains gluten-containing grain (rye) and therefore also gluten. Fortunately, most people who do not tolerate gluten well tolerate sourdough-based bread much better. The gluten is broken down and converted during fermentation, but ther

My bread doesn't rise and is too sour.

If your bread becomes very sour and rises badly, then the lactic acid bacteria in your starter and in the bread dough are too strong compared to the yeasts. The lactic acid bacteria mainly produce acid and the yeasts produce the CO2 that loosens the

Does it matter whether I mix the sourdough with spelt, buckwheat or other flour?

Your sourdough from Fairment is a rye starter. To maintain its own characteristics, it is fed with wholemeal rye flour. However, you can also easily convert your sourdough to other types of flour. Basically, all types of flour from cereals are suitab

What is the best way to care for my sourdough culture?

Have you used some of your starter for baking? Then it's time to feed your sourdough and replenish it. But even if you haven't baked, the sourdough needs feeding again after about 7 days, otherwise the microorganisms will start to starve. In this cas

What is the shelf life of the sourdough culture?

You can store your sourdough tightly closed in the refrigerator. Without being fed, it will keep there until the best-before date - and sometimes longer ;-) You can leave the sourdough in the bag and close it tightly with a clamp or something similar

A dark liquid has settled on the sourdough - is this normal?

If your sourdough is not fed for longer than about a week, a usually dark liquid can settle on the surface. This usually smells somewhat strongly of alcohol or nail polish remover. This so-called fusel layer is fortunately not a sign of spoilage, but

What do I have to pay attention to as soon as the sourdough arrives?

When our sourdough arrives, please store it in the fridge until you bake your first loaf. If a greyish liquid forms, it means that the culture in the sourdough needs new nutrients. The liquid is not a problem, but it shows that your sourdough is in d

My sourdough has weird stains.

Have you noticed something on the surface or around the rim of the jar that you have never seen there before? If you haven't fed your sourdough for a while, these could be signs of spoilage.You can now check whether it is yeast or mould. Creamy yeast

My sourdough smells strange.

Depending on which flour you feed your sourdough with and how long ago you last fed it, it can develop quite a different smell. Sourdough fed with light wheat flour usually smells very mild and flowery. Sourdoughs made from wholemeal flour are usuall

I have discovered mould on my sourdough.

Mould can sometimes appear on sourdough starter, especially if you haven't fed it for a while. If it has settled in your starter, you will unfortunately have to dispose of the entire starter. Mould propagates via spores and these can be present throu

Can I bake my sourdough bread with gluten-free flour?

In principle, delicious sourdough bread can also be baked from gluten-free flours such as buckwheat, rice, millet, maize and amaranth. Use different binders and other auxiliary materials. Feel free to check out our blog, culture channel and social me

How do I know if my sourdough has gone bad?

First, the good news: if your sourdough spoils, you can easily detect it with your senses. It cannot happen that your starter goes bad, that you accidentally continue to use it without realising it and cause yourself harm. Many harmful germs cannot e