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Old 01-26-2012, 06:17 AM   #1
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Sourdough Starter made from...beer remnants?

This is going to be a weird one so bear with me...

Long story short, can I use the gooey remainder from making a batch of gingerbread beer to make a sourdough starter and what kind of bread recipe should I use once the starter is finished. Also..is this potentially a terrible idea? haha.

I've been making my own sourdough bread and using the normal methods of water and flower to grow my own sourdough bread starter. From what I can understand, letting it grow in the open is what helps natural yeast develop from the surrounding environment of the kitchen.

I recently made my own ale, a christmas variety with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and peppermint. It was delicious and when I finished with the end of it there was a smooth liquid left over at the bottom of the barrel I made the beer in. It had the consistency of maple syrup and smelled of the aromas I smelled while making the batch.

I used the liquid in replace of water for the sourdough starter with flour. It smells pretty good so far, a mixture of ginger spices and yeast growing. Once again...

Can I use the gooey remainder from making a batch of gingerbread beer to make a sourdough starter and what kind of bread recipe should I use once the starter is finished. Also..is this potentially a terrible idea? haha.

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Old 01-26-2012, 06:26 AM   #2
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This is interesting to me. I thought when you made beer the yeast converted the sugar into alcohol and then "starved to death" when the sugar was used up. If it works it would not be my first choice for bread but, it might make some interesting sourdough pancakes.

Is it really always sunny in Philadelphia?

More importantly, how did the beer turn out?
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:30 AM   #3
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Thanks for the response!

The idea for sourdough pancakes is perfect! Currently its a cool 56 degrees outside and the beer turned out great. I got the kit from Beer Making Kits which is great for starting your own DIY, although next time i'll add less water.

I've already added it to the sourdough starter kit though, do you have any bread or pancake recipes that could utilize it?
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Old 01-26-2012, 08:35 AM   #4
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Check out the King Arthur flour website for sour dough pancakes. Just remember to hold back some starter for the next batch.
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Old 01-26-2012, 11:30 AM   #5
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$40 for one gallon of Beer? WOW! I mean...WOW!

That's $3.75 for each 12 ounce bottle! WOW!
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$40 for one gallon of Beer? WOW! I mean...WOW!

That's $3.75 for each 12 ounce bottle! WOW!
You should see some of the prices I have paid in airports and airport hotels....
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You should see some of the prices I have paid in airports and airport hotels....
I remember well. I went through LAX quite a few times. $5.75 a pop if I remember correctly.
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Old 01-10-2013, 12:06 PM   #8
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I am very interested on how this is working for you! My husband and I just started also making our own beer! We just kegged a Heffy and this weekend are doing a raspberry beer for myself! Did you know the trough (whats left after fermentation) is really good for your garden also. I have heard of people who are doing wheat beers using the grain after brewing for bread but never the yeast. Please keep me up to date on how it goes!


P.s, Timothy if you are amazed at that price my husbands heffy was $50 for five gallons and mine is $40 for five gallons lol
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Old 01-10-2013, 01:46 PM   #9
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Megan this is an old thread, a year old and the original poster doesn't post here anymore.
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Old 01-10-2013, 02:01 PM   #10
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well darn.... was hoping they were still here.
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