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Old 11-10-2005, 04:08 AM
Roy Horn
 
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I'm trying to get off the ground, so I ordered a starter from Sourdough
International. I ordered a single starter, but after reading I think I
could have gotten 10 starters and a cook book for the same money. Their
customer service is non-existent. Is there a place to purchase quality
starters? Is there a secret handshake club?




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Old 11-10-2005, 04:30 AM
Samartha Deva
 
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Roy Horn wrote:
I'm trying to get off the ground, so I ordered a starter from Sourdough
International. I ordered a single starter, but after reading I think I
could have gotten 10 starters and a cook book for the same money. Their
customer service is non-existent. Is there a place to purchase quality
starters? Is there a secret handshake club?


Yes - http://www.carlsfriends.org/

Or - ask your local bakery or ask here if somebody lives around your
area or grow your own, like:

http://samartha.net/SD/MakeStarter01.html

or

or
or...

ways are many. But, a starter is only as good as you treat it so, if you
want a quality starter give it quality treatment or you will not be
allowed to blame the starter.

Since you are asking in plural: "starters" - you need several, what are
you up to?

Samartha
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Old 11-10-2005, 05:12 PM
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Sources for Starter

Carls - (see Samartha's reply) This one works great and tastes good,
until you accidently turn the oven on while your only jar of starter is
in the oven. Great price.

SDI - I always had good results with the San Francisico starter - the
best flavor was on the first few loaves then petered out. Their high
price and poor bedside manner is a major turn-off. I use the Bahrain
starter which is very vigorous (thanks Slim) and used the Finnish
starter which had an unusual taste probably intended for heavy breads
that don't talk too much (Finnish humor)

Mr. Baker - www.yankeeharvest.com. - Great starter. Very strong riser.
Average flavor - not predominately sour. Good price!

SourdoughBreads Starter - www.SourdoughBreads.com - Similar to Mr.
Baker. I did not achieve very noticeable sourdough flavor, but was
excellent riser. The lady is fast on the mailings. She could charge
less.

And last but not least,

Acme Starter (from the Berkeley bakery) - It is the one starter (for
me) that makes a loaf that when I open the bread bag I smell sourdough
instead of country white bread. It is a marginal riser at best but I
love the flavor. Other people have had mixed results, but it's free for
the asking.

Ed Bechtel

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Old 12-10-2005, 12:23 AM
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"Ed Bechtel" wrote in message
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Sources for Starter

Acme Starter (from the Berkeley bakery) - It is the one starter (for
me) that makes a loaf that when I open the bread bag I smell sourdough
instead of country white bread. It is a marginal riser at best but I
love the flavor. Other people have had mixed results, but it's free for
the asking.


Hi Ed. Where would one obtain Acme starter? I have the SDI San Francisco
starter, and it's a strong riser with strong flavor. I've had it for about 7
years. I also have had Carl's 1847 starter for about the same amount of
time. It also is a strong riser, with a slightly milder flavor. But it's
great. I got it from Carl Griffith before he died. Thanks.

Phil


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Old 12-10-2005, 12:54 AM
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Phil,
My daughter gave me a couple of jars from Acme bakery. She just dropped
in and the fellow at the bakery brought out a 5-gal container from the
refrigerator from which he filled the jars. If you email an address I
will gladly overnight a blop to you in a zip-lok bag. But it is not
nearly as strong a riser as SDI San Francisco. If your SDI has
sourdough taste I'd stick with it. I use the Acme because my SDI lost
its sour taste and odor. I've stuck to using white bread flour with the
Acme and don't imagine it would be strong enough for whole grains.

So, back to your SDI... when you open the bread bag do you smell aromas
of say vinegar or baby breath or wet macaroni, or do you smell rustic
country white?

Ed Bechtel



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Old 12-10-2005, 03:33 PM
Kenneth
 
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On Tue, 11 Oct 2005 23:23:04 GMT, "Phil"
wrote:


"Ed Bechtel" wrote in message
ups.com...
Sources for Starter

Acme Starter (from the Berkeley bakery) - It is the one starter (for
me) that makes a loaf that when I open the bread bag I smell sourdough
instead of country white bread. It is a marginal riser at best but I
love the flavor. Other people have had mixed results, but it's free for
the asking.


Hi Ed. Where would one obtain Acme starter? I have the SDI San Francisco
starter, and it's a strong riser with strong flavor. I've had it for about 7
years. I also have had Carl's 1847 starter for about the same amount of
time. It also is a strong riser, with a slightly milder flavor. But it's
great. I got it from Carl Griffith before he died. Thanks.

Phil


Hi Phil,

Send me an email, and I will be happy to assist.

All the best,
--
Kenneth

If you email... Please remove the "SPAMLESS."
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Old 13-10-2005, 02:59 PM
archlanedave
 
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You can still get Carl Griffith's 1847 starter free. Go to
http://home.att.net/~carlsfriends/
Dave

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Old 13-10-2005, 03:01 PM
archlanedave
 
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Knock off the Dave: http://home.att.net/~carlsfriends/

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Old 13-10-2005, 11:11 PM
Klaus Alexander Seistrup
 
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archlanedave wrote:

Knock off the Dave: http://home.att.net/~carlsfriends/


Or the easier-to-remember url: http://carlsfriends.org/.

Cheers,

--
Klaus Alexander Seistrup
PNX http://pnx.dk/


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