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Sourdough Starter Smells Like Alcohol?

Natasha Krajnc

Generally, sourdough starters tend to smell slightly alcoholic.

The yeast fermentation produces ethanol which is an alcohol, which explains the mild alcoholic scent.

However, if your starter smells incredibly alcoholic, then it is a sign that the starter may need to be fed more frequently.

When the starter hasn’t been fed for quite some time, the yeast and bacteria can die, resulting in failed fermentation when added to the dough.

Simply put, a well-fed starter will not smell so strongly of alcohol.

Keep your sourdough starter fed so that the lactic acid bacteria and wild yeasts are established enough for the fermentation process in your sourdough bread.

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Natasha Krajnc

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