glass jar add the alcohol such as hard cider, lightly hopped beer, wine (diluted down to 6% ABV) Add the live, unpasteurised vinegar to the alcohol which will add the acetic acid bacteria we need to start the vinegar fermentation. salt; 1 tsp. Once it's cooled down, cover the bowl and place it in a warm place so the mixture can ferment. As the sourdough starter matures the wild yeast and bacteria develop making it ‘stronger’ and more complex in flavour. Unless you are familiar with working on a microscopic level, such as if you brew beer or ferment sauerkraut, this will be a bit of a strange process – a kind of tiny farming. sugar; How to make it. After “refreshing” your mother yeast, decide how much you want to dehydrate and put it in a glass jar for a couple of hours. So, if you had a pita recipe that called for 1 packet of store bought yeast, you could try using 1/2 cup of homemade yeast instead. To make sourdough starter yeast, dissolve the dry yeast in warm water, then let stand five minutes. Mix well. I put 100 g of it aside, but you can make the quantity you prefer. At this point we will be ready to start the dehydration process. Mash the potato and add the sugar and the salt to it. Your starter should look similar to a thick pancake batter. I’ve never had any experience with making pitas before, so I don’t really know how this yeast would work with them, but in general I usually use about 1/2 cup of homemade yeast for 1 package of store bought yeast. Unlike commercial yeast, which requires little more than sugar and warm water to activate, mothers are needy. Let it proving for a few hours now, until its volume is double. Once it is mature, the culture is a starter and is called a “mother”; you can use the mother to supply yeast in baking indefinitely, provided you keep it fed. Make Yeast from Potatoes (Grandma’s Yeast Recipe) 1 potato (medium size) 1 l water (= 4 cups) 1 tsp. They demand regular feedings of flour and water in order to produce the organic acids, alcohols, and carbon dioxide necessary to make bread do that cool thing it does: rise. 1 tablespoon sugar; 100 grams (a little over ½ a cup) chopped or whole raisins; One quart-sized glass jar; Plastic wrap, to cover Add in the flour and sugar mixture and stir well until blended. Boil the potato in the water until it is soft. How To Make Starter Day 1. The steps to make a mother of vinegar are simple: In a non-reactive container i.e. To make yeast, start by boiling a potato in a pot of water until it's fully cooked through. Next, pour some water into the bowl and let the mixture cool until it's lukewarm. Don’t worry about getting out all the lumps, as they’ll dissolve during the fermentation process. Remove the potato from the water but keep the potato water for later. Only a small amount of sourdough starter is needed to make a batch of bread. To begin, here's what you will need: 1 ¼ cups spring water or filtered water ("Not tap water, because the chlorine will kill the living bacteria you need to make the starter," Janette says.) Then, mash the potato in a bowl and add a pinch of sugar and salt.