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  1. Yesterday I noticed white fuzz near top of sourdough starter jar. Also, looked like some green on side of jar where some starter had stuck. There was nothing on starter itself. I took small bit of starter and put into a new clean jar. So far not seeing any mold. Is this okay or do I need to start over? If it has mold will it quickly show up again? Or could it have mold and not show since I placed in new jar? Thank you!

    1. It probably won’t show up again in a new jar. You did exactly what I would have done. Only discard the whole starter if you see bright streaks of orange or red. White and green fuzz is fine – just discard that portion and save the rest. Or do what you did and take a small amount and transfer to a new jar. As the weather warms up, you’ll notice you need to transfer jars more often as well as feed the starter more often than you may have before.

  2. I am day 7 feeding my starter and smells very strong like alcohol and sounds like it hungry with what I am reading. Do I feed it twice a day? I thought it is to rise twice its size and then fall when it is hungry?

    1. Hi Amanda,

      It doesn’t necessarily need to rise to twice the size every single time before giving it a feeding. Many environmental factors will effect how much it rises. If it smells like alcohol definitely feed it (discarding some if needed – I recommend still using this discard in a recipe though!).

  3. I wish I’d read this before throwing my starter out last night. It had white patches on it and I thought it was mold. I also had left some discard out and it smelled terribly alcoholic and I guess I should have used it sooner. Thanks for this. I’ll start over.

    1. Oh no! I’m so sorry! I’ve had some crazy things happen to my starter and it’s ALWAYS been salvageable. Thanks for reading and have fun with your new starter. 🙂

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