The Great Hooch Debate:

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To Stir In or Pour Off Your Sourdough Starter Hooch🥖🤔

Hello Bread Lovers, 🥖❤️

One of the most captivating aspects of bread making, especially when it comes to sourdough, is the array of discussions it ignites within our community. Today, let’s unravel one of the most hotly contested topics: what to do with the “hooch” that forms on your sourdough starter. Should you stir it back in or pour it off? 💧🍞

What Is Hooch? 🧪

This liquid layer, fondly named ‘hooch,’ is a by-product of the fermentation process, appearing on top of your sourdough starter.

Now, onto the big question: what should you do with it? 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♂️

Stir It Back In: 🔄

Some bakers swear by stirring the hooch back into the starter. They argue that it boosts the sour, tangy flavor that gives sourdough bread its uniqueness.

Pour It Off: ⏏️

On the flip side, some bakers favor pouring off the hooch. They claim it can overly sour the starter, creating a potentially unbalanced flavor in your final loaf.

Who’s Right and Who’s Wrong? ✅❌

The answer, as with many aspects of baking, is down to personal preference.

Remember, there’s no “right” or “wrong” here. There’s only what tastes best to you and brings you joy in the baking process. 😊👩‍🍳👨‍🍳

Keep baking, keep experimenting, and most importantly, keep sharing your experiences with our community here at Baking Great Bread at Home.

Happy Baking! 🥖🎉

Henry Hunter


Hey there, fellow bakers! 🍞

As we enter the summer season, I wanted to chat about something that affects us all: the change in temperature and its impact on our sourdough baking. I’ve noticed that with warmer weather, it can be a challenge to maintain the perfect fermentation conditions, leading to potential issues like over-proofing. But fear not, I’ve found a solution that has been a game-changer for me: Sourdough Home.

Sourdough Home is a fantastic tool that helps me control the temperature of my sourdough starter, especially during this time of year. It’s a compact refrigerator-like device that provides the ideal environment for my sourdough starter, keeping it cooler and preventing unwanted over-proofing.

I can’t stress enough how much of a difference Sourdough Home has made in my baking. It’s concise, easy to use, and has become an essential part of my sourdough routine. If you’re facing similar challenges with temperature control and want to avoid over-proofing, I highly recommend checking out Sourdough Home.

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Remember, we’re all on this sourdough journey together, and it’s wonderful to have resources like The Sourdough Home to help us overcome the challenges we encounter. Give it a try and let me know how it elevates your baking experience!

Happy baking,


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